Leonard Maw (sometimes seen as "Mawe" (c. 1552 – 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 Maw (sometimes seen as "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 to 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 to 1629, he was also Bishop of Bath and Wells.


  1. ^ The colleges and halls - Peterhouse | British History Online
  2. ^ "Mawe, Leonard (MW588L)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
Academic offices Preceded byJohn Richardson Master of Trinity College, Cambridge 1625–1629 Succeeded bySamuel Brooke Preceded byThomas Turner Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge 1617–1625 Succeeded byMatthew Wren Church of England titles Preceded byWilliam Laud Bishop of Bath and Wells 1628–1629 Succeeded byWalter Curle