Dafydd 's tenure of the see was uneventful. On 27 Oct. 1320 he had leave from the Crown to levy tolls at the ancient fair held at S. Asaph on 1 May ( Cal. Chart. Rolls ). It was about this time that the register of episcopal records known as ‘ Llyfr Coch Asaph ’ ( The Red Book of Asaph ) was compiled; the manuscript itself has disappeared, but its contents are known from three late transcripts in N.L.W. The bishop seems rarely to have left his diocese; he was, however, present at the consecration of Roger of Lichfield at Halesowen in June 1322 . He was engaged in litigation in Dec. 1330 with the lord of Powys as to the churches of Meifod , Welshpool , and Guilsfield . In 1336 , with the consent of the chapter, he appropriated the church of Nantglyn to improving the income of the ten vicars of the cathedral ; from the act (confirmed by the king in 1341 ) it appears that the south transept (now the consistory court) had just been built. Legal proceedings were taken against the bishop in 1340-1 in an attempt to limit the temporal claims of the see; there was no attack upon his character (‘ Flintshire Ministers Accounts ,’ ed. D. L. Evans in Flints. Rec. Ser. No. 2, xxix-xxxiii).
Earlier writers were uncertain as to the year of Dafydd 's death and thought that there was no new bishop until 1352 . But the papal records show that (after a false start in April 1344 ) the news of his death in 1346 reached Avignon , enabling Clement VI to provide John Trevor I on 26 June to the vacant see ( Cal. Papal Lett. , iii, 235; Petitions i, 48).
Sir John Edward Lloyd, D.Litt., F.B.A., F.S.A. (1861-1947), Bangor
Published date: 1959