Bishop of Bangor

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Bishop of Bangor
Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Bangor.svg
Coat of arms
Andy John
Ecclesiastical province Wales
First holder Deiniol
Established6th century
Diocese Bangor
Cathedral Bangor Cathedral

The Bishop of Bangor is the ordinary of the Church in Wales Diocese of Bangor. The see is based in the city of Bangor where the bishop's seat (cathedra) is at Cathedral Church of Saint Deiniol.


The Report of the Commissioners appointed by his Majesty to inquire into the Ecclesiastical Revenues of England and Wales (1835) found the see had an annual net income of £4,464. [1] This made it the second wealthiest diocese in Wales, after St Asaph.

The incumbent is Andy John, who was consecrated on 29 November 2008 and enthroned on 24 January 2009. The bishop's residence is Ty'r Esgob ("Bishop's House") in Bangor.

List of Bishops of Bangor

Pre-Reformation bishops

Pre-Reformation Bishops of Bangor
unknownunknownSaint Deiniol Also known as Daniel; he founded the monastery at Bangor c.520.
unknownc.775Dates and names for this period are not known.
c.775c.811 Elfodd Also known as Elbodug, Ellodu; described as chief bishop of Venedotia, probably Bishop of Bangor. Possibly identical with Elfodd who was bishop of St David's
c.811c.904Dates and names for this period are not known.
c.904c.940 Mordaf Possibly identical with Morlais who was bishop of St David's
c.940c.1050Dates and names for this period are not known.
c.1050unknown Dyfan
c.1081unknown Revedun
10921108 Hervey le Breton Also known as Hervæus. Consecrated 1092; forced to flee the diocese in the late 1090s; translated to Ely in 1108.
11091120See vacant
11201139 David the Scot Consecrated 4 April 1120; probably died in 1139.
11401161 Meurig Maurice; elected before December 1139 and consecrated in late January 1140; died 12 August 1161.
c. 11631169 Arthur of Bardsey Possibly nominated before October 1163 by Owain Gwynedd and was probably consecrated in Ireland before 1165; he was not accepted by Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and was urged to give up the post in April or May 1169.
1177c. 1190 Gwion Wido or Guy Rufus; consecrated 22 May 1177; died c. 1190.
el. c. 1193/96 Rotoland Subprior of Aberconwy; elected bishop between 1191 and 1196, but nothing further is known.
11951196 Alan Alban; formerly Prior of St John of Jerusalem; consecrated 16 April 1195; died in May or December 1196.
11971213 Robert of Shrewsbury Consecrated 16 March 1197; died in 1213.
12151236 Cadwgan of Llandyfai Martin; elected before 13 April and consecrated 21 June 1215; resigned 1235 or 1236; died 11 April 1241.
1236 Hywel ap Ednyfed Elected in 1236, but was not consecrated.
12361267 Richard Elected before 3 July 1236 and consecrated in 1237; absent from the diocese from 1248 to c. 1258; died before 8 November 1267.
12671307 Anion Anian or Enian; formerly Archdeacon of Anglesey; elected bishop before 12 December 1267; consecrated in 1267 or 1268; received possession of the temporalities 5 January 1268; died before 12 January 1307.
13071309 Gruffydd ap Iorwerth Consecrated 26 March 1307; died 27 April 1309.
13091328 Einion Sais Elected between 2 May and 18 June 1309; received possession of the temporalities 7 September and consecrated 9 November 1309; died 26 January 1328.
13281357 Matthew de Englefeld Madog ap Iowerth; elected 26 February and consecrated 12 June 1328; died between 22 March and 15 April 1357.
1357 Ithel ap Robert Elected bishop in 1357, but was quashed by Pope Innocent VI.
13571366 Thomas de Ringstead OP Appointed 21 August and consecrated after 17 September 1357; died 8 January 1366.
1366 Alexander Dalby Nominated by Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales; a papal mandate was issued 29 April 1366 to the Archbishop of Bordeaux that he should hold an inquiry and notify the pope within two months whether Dalby understood Welsh well enough to preach in the language; nothing further is heard.
13661370 Gervase de Castro OP Appointed 11 December 1366; died 24 September or 30 October 1370.
13711372 Hywel ab Goronwy Appointed 21 April 1371; died before 3 February 1372; the Welsh Poet, Dafydd ap Gwilym wrote a poem of praise to him when he was Dean of Bangor.
13721375 John Gilbert OP Appointed 17 March and received possession of the temporalities 30 April 1372; translated to Hereford 12 September 1375.
c. 1375/76 Geoffrey Herdeby OFSA A petition was sent to the pope for Herdeby to be appointment as bishop, however, Swaffham became bishop instead.
13761398 John Swaffham OCarm Translated from Cloyne 2 July 1276 and received possession of the temporalities 28 October 1376; died 24 June 1398.
1398 Lewis Aber Elected before 21 August 1398, but vacated soon afterwards.
13981404 Richard Young Appointed 2 December 1398; received possession of the temporalities 20 May 1400; probably consecrated in Rome 1400; absent from the diocese after 1401; translated to Rochester 28 July 1404.
14051408 Lewis Byford Llywelyn Biford; appointed by Pope Boniface IX; held the diocese from c. 1405 until ejected by Young's appointment in 1408.
14081418 Griffin Yonge Gruffydd Young; appointed by Antipope Benedict XIII in 1408, but was declared void and was appointed to Ross by Pope Martin V on 14 February 1418.
14081417 Benedict Nichols Appointed by Pope Gregory XII 18 April and consecrated 12 August 1408; translated to St David's in December 1417.
14181423 William Barrow Formerly a Canon of Lincoln; appointed 14 February 1418 and consecrated after 13 October 1419; translated to Carlisle 19 April 1423.
14231435 John Clederowe John Cliderow; formerly a Canon of Chichester; appointed 19 April 1423 and consecrated in 1425; died before 13 December 1435.
14361448 Thomas Cheriton OP Appointed 5 March and received possession of the temporalities 21 November 1436; consecrated 25 November 1436; died 23 December 1447.
14481453 John Stanberry OCarm John Stanbury; appointed 4 March and received possession of the temporalities 15 May 1448; consecrated 23 June 1448; translated to Hereford 7 February 1453.
14531464 James Blakedon OP Translated from Achonry 7 February and received possession of the temporalities 25 March 1453; died before 3 October 1464.
14641494 Richard Edenham OFM Richard Edenam; appointed 14 January and consecrated after 18 March 1465; died before 13 April 1494.
14941500 Henry Deane OCanSA Formerly Prior of Llanthony; appointed 4 July 1494; elected 13 September 1494; consecrated 20 November 1495; appointed again 21 July 1496; received possession of the temporalities 6 October 1496; also was Lord Chancellor of Ireland 1494–1495; translated to Salisbury 8 January 1500 and Canterbury in 1501.
15001504 Thomas Pigot OSB Appointed 4 May 1500; died 15 August 1504.
15041508 John Penny OCanSA Appointed 30 August and consecrated in 1505; translated to Carlisle 22 September 1508.
15091533 Thomas Skevington OCist Thomas Skeffington; formerly Abbot of Waverley; appointed 22 February and consecrated 17 June 1509; died 16 August 1533.
Source(s): [2] [3] [4] [5]

Bishops during the Reformation

Bishops of Bangor during the Reformation
15341539 John Capon OSB John Salcot; elected bishop between November 1533 and January 1534; consecrated 19 April 1534; translated to Salisbury 14 August 1539.
15391541 John Bird OCarm Also spelt "Byrde". Translated from the suffragan see of Penreth, traditionally associated with Penrith; but since he was consecrated for the Diocese of Llandaff this must be a doubtful identification. Elected 24 July and received possession of the temporalities 9 September 1539; translated to Chester 4 August 1541.
15411552 Arthur Bulkeley Elected 18 November 1541 and consecrated 19 February 1542; died 14 March 1553.
15521555See vacant
15551558 William Glyn William Glynn or Glynne; consecrated 8 September 1555; died 21 May 1558.
1558 Maurice Clenock Maurice Clynnog; first head of the English College, Rome; elected bishop, but was never consecrated, owing to the change of religion under Elizabeth I of England.
Source(s): [3] [5]

Post-Reformation bishops

Bishops of the Church of England

Bishops of Bangor
15591566 No image.svg Rowland Meyrick Consecrated 21 December 1559; died 24 January 1566.
15661585 No image.svg Nicholas Robinson Consecrated 20 October 1566; died 3 February 1585.
15861595 No image.svg Hugh Bellot Consecrated 30 January 1586; translated to Chester 25 September 1595.
15961597 BpRichardVaughan painting.jpg Richard Vaughan Formerly Archdeacon of Middlesex; consecrated 22 January 1596; translated to Chester 9 July 1597.
15981616 No image.svg Henry Rowlands Consecrated 12 November 1598; died 6 July 1616.
16161631 No image.svg Lewis Bayly Consecrated 8 December 1616; died 26 October 1631.
16321633 No image.svg David Dolben Consecrated Circa 23 March 1632; died 27 November 1633.
16341637 No image.svg Edmund Griffith Formerly Dean of Bangor; consecrated 16 February 1634; died 26 May 1637.
16371665 No image.svg William Roberts Formerly Sub-Dean of Wells; consecrated 3 September 1637; deprived of the see when the English episcopacy was abolished by Parliament on 9 October 1646.
16461660The see was abolished during the Commonwealth and the Protectorate. [6] [7]
16371665 No image.svg William RobertsRestored; died 12 August 1665.
16651666 No image.svg Robert Price Died before he was consecrated.
16661673 Bp Robert Morgan.jpg Robert Morgan Formerly Archdeacon of Merioneth; consecrated 1 July 1666; died 1 September 1673.
16731689 No image.svg Humphrey Lloyd Formerly Dean of St Asaph; consecrated 16 November 1673; died 18 January 1689.
16891701 Bp Humphrey Humphreys.jpg Humphrey Humphreys Formerly Dean of Bangor; consecrated 30 June 1689; translated to Hereford 2 December 1701.
17011716 Bp John Evans.jpg John Evans Consecrated 4 January 1702; translated to Meath, Ireland in January 1716.
17161721 Benjamin Hoadly by Sarah Hoadly.jpg Benjamin Hoadly Formerly Rector of St Peter's-le-Poor, London; consecrated 18 March 1716; translated to Hereford 7 November 1721.
17211723 No image.svg Richard Reynolds Formerly Dean of Peterborough; consecrated in early 1722; translated to Lincoln 17 June 1723.
17231727 Bp William Baker.jpg William Baker Formerly Warden of Wadham College, Oxford; consecrated 11 August 1723; translated to Norwich 19 December 1727.
17281734 Thomas Sherlock portrait.jpg Thomas Sherlock Formerly Dean of Chichester; consecrated 4 February 1728; translated to Salisbury 8 November 1734.
17341737 No image.svg Charles Cecil Translated from Bristol in late 1734; died 29 May 1737.
17371743 ThomasHerring.jpg Thomas Herring Formerly Dean of Rochester; consecrated 15 January 1738; translated to York 21 April 1743 then Canterbury in 1747.
17431747 Apb Matthew Hutton.jpg Matthew Hutton Consecrated 13 November 1743; translated to York 10 December 1747 then Canterbury in 1757.
17481756 Bp Zachary Pearce by Edward Penny.jpg Zachary Pearce Formerly Dean of Winchester; consecrated 21 February 1748; translated to Rochester 4 June 1756.
17561768 John Egerton Ep Dunelm.jpg John Egerton Formerly Dean of Hereford; consecrated 4 July 1756; translated to Lichfield 12 November 1768.
17691774 No image.svg John Ewer Translated from Llandaff 10 January 1769; died 28 October 1774.
17741783 ArchbishopMoore.jpg John Moore Formerly Dean of Canterbury; consecrated 12 February 1775; translated to Canterbury 26 April 1783.
17831800 BpJohnWarren.jpg John Warren Translated from St David's 9 June 1783; died 27 January 1800.
18001806 Bp William Cleaver by John Hoppner.jpg William Cleaver Translated from Chester 24 May 1800; then translated to St Asaph after 24 October 1806.
18071809 John Randolph Bishop of London 1811 by William Owen.jpg John Randolph Translated from Oxford 6 January 1807; then translated to London 9 August 1809.
18091830 Bp Henry Majendie.jpg Henry Majendie Translated from Chester 5 October 1809; died 9 July 1830.
18301859 ChristopherBethell.jpg Christopher Bethell Translated from Exeter 28 October 1830; died 19 April 1859.
18591890 Bp Colquhoun Campbell.jpg James Colquhoun Campbell Formerly Archdeacon of Llandaff; consecrated 14 June 1859; resigned in April 1890; died 9 November 1895.
18901898 No image.svg Daniel Lewis Lloyd Formerly Headmaster of Friars School, Bangor and Christ College, Brecon; consecrated 24 June 1890; resigned in November 1898; died 4 August 1899.
18991920 Photograph of Watkin Herbert Williams.png Watkin Williams Consecrated 2 February 1899.

Bishops of the disestablished Church in Wales

Bishops of Bangor
19201924 Photograph of Watkin Herbert Williams.png Watkin Williams The Church in Wales was disestablished in 1920. Resigned 11 November 1924; died 19 November 1944.
19251928 No image.svg Daniel Davies Consecrated 24 February 1925; died 23 August 1928.
19281944 Bp Charles Green NPG.jpg Charles Green Translated from Monmouth; elected 25 September 1928; also was Archbishop of Wales 1934–1944; died 7 May 1944.
19441948 No image.svg David Edwardes Davies Consecrated 25 July 1944; resigned in November 1948; died 15 May 1950.
19491956 No image.svg John Jones Consecrated 6 January 1949; died 13 October 1956.
19571982 No image.svg Gwilym Williams Consecrated 1 May 1957; also was Archbishop of Wales 1971–1982; resigned 30 September 1982; died 23 December 1990.
19821992 No image.svg Cledan Mears Consecrated 21 December 1982; retired in 1992.
19931999 Barry Morgan.jpg Barry Morgan Elected and consecrated in 1993; translated to Llandaff in 1999. [8]
20002004 No image.svg Saunders Davies Elected in 1999; consecrated and enthroned in January 2000; retired 18 February 2004. [9] [10]
20042008 Anthony Crockett Formerly Archdeacon of Carmarthen and Vicar of Cynwyl Elfed, Cwm Duad and Newchurch; elected 4 May 2004; consecrated 16 July 2004; enthroned 18 September 2004; died in office 30 June 2008. [11]
2008incumbent Andy John Consecrated 29 November 2008 and enthroned 24 January 2009; also Archbishop of Wales since 6 December 2021 [12]
Source(s): [13]

Assistant bishops

Assistant Bishop of Bangor
19711976 Benjamin Vaughan Previously Bishop of British Hounduras (Belize); Assistant to Gwilym Williams (as Archbishop), remaining Dean of Bangor; became Bishop of Swansea and Brecon in 1976.
20222023 Mary Stallard Assistant to John (as Archbishop), remaining Archdeacon of Bangor; elected Bishop of Llandaff, 2023. Consecrated a bishop by John on 26 February 2022 at Bangor Cathedral; [14] election to Llandaff confirmed 19 April 2023. [15]

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