Edwardston, Thomas

Edwardston, Thomas an English divine of the 14th century, was so named from his birthplace in Suffolk; was educated at Oxford; became an Augustinian in Clare; was a great scholar; and acted as confessor to Lionel, duke of Clarence, whom he attended to Italy; returned to his native country, and died at Clare in 1396. Pits thinks he had an archbishopric in. Ireland; but this is disowned by the judicious sir James Ware (De Scriptoribus Hiberniae, 2:126). Perhaps Edwardston was temporarily intrusted with an archbishopric in Italy. See Fuller, Worthies of England (ed. Nuttall), 3:167. Edwen, a female saint of Saxon descent, is commemorated in Wales on November 6.

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