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Aton [Ayton, Acton], John (d. 1349), canon lawyer, was the son of John Aton. His ecclesiastical career began with appointments in Lincoln diocese. He first appears in surviving historical sources in 1327, when, as a master of arts, he represented the dean and chapter of ...

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Bedyll, Thomas (c. 1486–1537), administrator and canon lawyer, was born at Winchester, where his father was a college tenant. In 1498 he was admitted a scholar at Winchester College and two years later proceeded to New College, Oxford. Elected a fellow of New College...

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Cachepol, Walter (d. 1369), canon lawyer, came from the diocese of Hereford. When he was already an Oxford master of arts and a tonsured cleric, although not yet in minor orders, he was collated by Archbishop Islip on 6 January 1362 to the rectorship of ...

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Dene, Peter (d. in or after 1334), canon lawyer and monk, no doubt derived from one of the villages called Dean in Sussex. A secular priest of the Chichester diocese, he began to acquire benefices in Sussex by the late 1280s and, later, benefices elsewhere. By 1287 ...

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Drogheda, William of (1200x10?–1245), civil and canon lawyer, has no known association with the Irish town of Drogheda. He made provisions—in a charter which survives in the Queen's College, Oxford, charter 287, sealed with his seal—for his parents (and himself) to be buried in the priory church at ...

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Fastolf [Falstoli], Thomas (d. 1361), canon lawyer and bishop of St David's, was one of a distinguished group of East Anglian lawyers nurtured by William Bateman (d. 1355), bishop of Norwich. He was one of three lawyer sons of Thomas Fastolf of ...

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Galensis, John (fl. 1210), canon lawyer, was of Welsh origin but took up residence at Bologna where he studied at the university. His principal accomplishment was the compiling of the Compilatio secunda (between 1210 and 1212 or 1215 at the latest). Chronologically the third of the ...

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Gascoigne, John (fl. 1376–1381), canon lawyer, was possibly the 'Jo. Gascoigne, cler.' who is named in a seventeenth-century pedigree as brother to Sir William Gascoigne, the chief justice, and to Richard Gascoigne of Hunslet, who is said to have been father of ...

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Gwent, Richard (d. 1543), clergyman and canon lawyer, was the son of a Monmouthshire farmer. He was elected a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, in 1515 and on 17 December 1518 became a bachelor of civil law, and of canon law on 28 February 1519. On 20 March 1523 he supplicated for doctor of canon law, and proceeded doctor of civil law on 3 April 1525. For a time he was chief moderator of the canon law school at ...

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London, David of (d. 1189), ecclesiastic and canon lawyer, was one of the many Englishmen who studied law at Bologna in the twelfth century; what sets him apart is the survival of his letter collection, 'The register of Master David', so that some details of his life, interests, and personality are unusually well documented. He was born in ...