Jones, Hugh (DNB00)

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JONES, HUGH (1508–1574), bishop of Llandaff, was descended from an ancient family of that name in Gower, to which belonged Sir Hugh Johnys of Llandimore [q. v.] He was educated at Oxford, probably at New Inn Hall, and was admitted to the degree of B.C.L. on 24 July 1541, being then described as ‘chaplain.’ He was first beneficed in Wales, but on 4 Jan. 1557 he was instituted to the vicarage of Banwell, Somerset. By 1560 he had returned to Wales, and at that date was prebendary of Llandaff and rector of Tredunnock in the same diocese. On 17 April 1567 he was, on Archbishop Parker's recommendation, elected bishop of Llandaff (Strype, Parker, i. 405). The see was greatly impoverished, and Jones was, as Godwin has observed, the first Welshman that was preferred to it for the space of three hundred years. He died at Mathern in Monmouthshire in November 1574, and was buried on the 15th of the same month within the church there. He married Anne Henson, by whom he had several daughters.

[Wood's Athenæ Oxonienses, ii. 801; Browne Willis's Survey of Llandaff, pp. 65, 197; Le Neve's Fasti, ed. Hardy, ii. 251; Oxf. Univ. Reg. (Oxf. Hist. Soc.), i. 201; Weaver's Somerset Incumbents.]

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