The Reformation in Wales
A servant of King Henry VIII
At the time of the Dissolution he was appointed a one of the commissioners charged with visiting religious houses and finding good cause for their dissolution. He is known to have been mild in his condemnation of some houses and to have particularly praised the educational work of some convents. He nevertheless used his position to gain leases of ecclesiastical property including Brecon Priory in 1537-38 where he lived enjoying the priory's library, until he purchased St.Guthlac's Priory in Hereford and took up residence there some time after 1540. In that year he was made Secretary of the affairs of the Crown in Wales and the Marches, which office he held until his death.
He was sheriff for Breconshire in 1543 and Herefordshire in
1554; MP for Hereford in 1553 and for Ludlow in 1554. He was
knighted following the coronation of Edward VI in 1547.