Anian de Schonaw1 (possibly the most famous pre- reformation bishop of St. Asaph) was appointed in 1268; he died February 5th, 1293. In 1285 we find the frairs receiving a present of books from their old prior, bishop Anian. During the second part of the war,-the war of sub- jugation-the churches and monasteries suffered much damage, the prior of Rhuddlan and the guardian of the Franciscans being commissioned by Archbishop Peckham to enquire into the injuries done, and to arrange the amount of compensation which was to come out of the royal treasury. Peckham advises Bishop Anian, after his release from imprisonment, 1285, to see that Friars, Dominicans and Franciscans are duly supplied with alms and facilities for teaching and preaching to the people. Queen Eleanor's executors made over to William Hothun,8 Dominican Provincial, and Edward's favourite councillor, 100 shillings for the priory of Rhuddlan, together with 2| acres of land. During Edward III.'s reign in an insurrection in North Wales, the priory and church were sacked, and many goods and chattels were carried off, including some belonging to St. Asaph. The guilty ones, however, repented and offered them back to Bishop David ap Bleythen, who, however, dared not receive them back without royal permission. Friar Gervase de Castro, O.P., bishop of Bangor from 1366-1370, left 60 shillings to the Friars of Rhuddlan, 1 Bee Miss Easterling's paper as to this cognomen.—ED. s Afterwards Abp. of Dublin. Died before his promotion to the Cardinal, ate, cf. Q. & Echard, I. 460.
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