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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 ...

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Lydford, John (c. 1337–1407), canon lawyer, was born in the diocese of Exeter, probably at Lydford in Devon, about 1337—he was known to be almost seventy in 1406. He was probably educated at Stapledon Hall (later Exeter College) in Oxford; after his death his executors gave some of his books to the college. His brother ...

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Morins, Richard de [called Ricardus Anglicus] (early 1160s–1242), canon lawyer and historian, is recorded in some canonistic sources as Ricardus Anglicus, and was properly identified only in the course of the twentieth century. Hitherto he had been identified, on the basis of meagre circumstantial evidence, with various other individuals, including the theologian ...

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Neuton, John (c. 1350–1414), canon lawyer, was born in the diocese of Norwich, but was brought up in the diocese of York, according to his ordination record in the register of Bishop Thomas Arundel. By the end of November 1375 he had qualified as BCL, presumably at ...

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Pagula [Paull], William (d. 1332?), canon lawyer and theologian, probably came from Paull, near Hull, Yorkshire. Granted letters dimissory by Archbishop Greenfield of York on 24 November 1313, he was instituted as perpetual vicar of the church of Winkfield, near Windsor Forest, Berkshire...

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Ryssheton [Rishton], Nicholas (d. 1413), canon lawyer and diplomat, was probably a native of Lancashire, where he had a brother, Henry Rishton, one of whose sons, also Nicholas (d. 1463), emulated his uncle's career. The elder Nicholas held a prebend in Crediton collegiate church, Devon...

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Senlis, Adam de [Adam of Evesham] (d. 1189), abbot of Evesham and canon lawyer, was probably related to the lords of Chantilly and the earls of Northampton. He entered the Cluniac priory of La Charité-sur-Loire and on 6 June 1157 became prior of ...

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St Leofard [St Lifard], Gilbert de (c. 1230–1305), canon lawyer and bishop of Chichester, was almost certainly a Frenchman, named from the college of St Liphard at Meung-sur-Loire near Orléans. He was in England by February 1254, probably an academic refugee from the ...

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Swan, William (d. after 1445), canon lawyer, probably came from Southfleet in Kent. A cleric of the diocese of Rochester, he may never have advanced beyond minor orders, thereby remaining free to marry. His wife, Joan, and at least two daughters lived at ...

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