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Leonard Mawe (born c. 1552, d. 1629, Chiswick) was a Bishop of Bath and Wells and a Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge.


He was born in Rendlesham, Suffolk, the son of Simon Mawe born Epworth, Lincolnshire, c. 1531 and Margery Wylde born Selby, Yorkshire, c. 1522.

He gained a BA degree from Peterhouse in 1592 and was elected a fellow in 1594, later becoming Master of Peterhouse on 16 November 1617.[1] In 1621, he served as Prebend of Wells. He also served as Vice-Chancellor to the University of Cambridge from 1621-1622.[2] Together with Matthew Wren, he accompanied Prince Charles to Madrid in search of a bride (the so called Spanish Match). On acceding to the throne, Charles rewarded him by appointing him Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, which post he held until his death in 1629. From 1628-1629, he was also Bishop of Bath and Wells.


  1. ^ The colleges and halls - Peterhouse | British History Online
  2. ^ Mawe, Leonard in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Richardson
Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Samuel Brooke
Preceded by
Thomas Turner
Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Matthew Wren
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Laud
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Succeeded by
Walter Curle


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