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POWELL , GRIFFITH ( 1561 - 1620 ), principal of Jesus College, Oxford ;

b. 1561 , son of John ap Hywel , Llansawel, Carms. He matriculated at Jesus College in 1581 , and graduated M.A. in 1589 ; he proceeded to the degree of D.C.L. in 1599 . Powell was elected a Fellow of the college in 1589 , and he became principal in 1613 . His published work comprises two volumes on Aristotelian philosophy , which appeared in 1594 and 1598 . As a Fellow of the college, Powell had considerable influence, and he worked hard to bring order into its domestic affairs. During his principalship he gave himself to the task of raising new buildings; the chapel and hall are the results of his efforts. He d. 15 June 1620 , and was buried in S. Michael's church , Oxford .


  • Heraldic Visitations of Wales and Part of the Marches (1846) , i, 223-4;
  • Wood , Athenae Oxonienses (1813–20) , ii, 283;
  • Hardy , Jesus College (1899) , 1899 ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen (1852)
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Professor Idris Llewelyn Foster, M.A., F.S.A., (1911-84), Oxford

Published date: 1959