He was born at the beginning of the 16th cent. , and was educated at Cambridge , graduating Ll.B. in 1533 , and D.C.L. in 1534 , and from the red gown of his degree he was known as ‘ Y Doctor Coch ’ (‘ The Red Doctor ’). He m. Ellyw , daughter of Owen Pool of Llandecwyn , Merioneth , by whom he had seven children, two sons and five daughters, Thomas (q.v.) being the elder son. In 1535 Thomas Cromwell appointed him one of the visitors of monasteries in Wales , and he took a prominent part in the destruction of the monasteries . In 1538 Cromwell made him a commissary-general of the diocese of S. Asaph , and gave him the sinecure rectory of Llangwm , Llandrillo-yn-Rhos , and Llanuwchllyn . In the reigns of Mary and Elizabeth he devoted himself to civil administration ; he was three times Member of Parliament for Merioneth ; he was sheriff of Merioneth seven times; sheriff of Denbighshire four times; sheriff of Anglesey twice; and once of Caernarvonshire . He was custos rotulorum of Merioneth for the greater part of Elizabeth 's reign.
He was also a member of the Council of the Marches , and in 1561 he was made chancellor of Bangor and rector of Llaniestyn ; in Feb. 1565 he was suggested for the bishopric of Bangor , but archbishop Parker objected, because Price was neither a priest nor worthy to be a priest. In 1560 he obtained from the Crown the manor of Tir Ifan , with lands at Ysbyty and Penmachno . He was a great friend of Robert Dudley , earl of Leicester , and when Elizabeth gave the lordship of Denbigh as a gift to the earl in 1564 , Price was one of his tenants, and became a tool of oppression in his land. Thomas Pennant refers to him as ‘ a creature of the earl of Leicester and devoted to all his bad designs .’ He was a patron of the bards , and his name is the first in the list of esquires in the commission granted by queen Elizabeth to hold the eisteddfod at Caerwys , 1567 .
His will was made on 3 Aug. 1590 , a codicil added 6 May 1594 , and probate granted 24 May 1596 ; so he d. between May 1594 and May 1596 . Thomas Prys of Plas Iolyn (q.v.) was his son.
William Rowlands, M.A., Porthmadog
Published date: 1959