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Dr John Kennall, LL.D. (aka John Kenold) (1511–1592) was Archdeacon of Oxford[1] and a noted pluralist.[citation needed]

Kennall was Canon of 8th preb., Christ Church, Oxford, from 1559–1592, Archdeacon of Oxford, Oxford, from 1561–1592, Canon of 6th preb., Rochester, from 1556–1559, and Archdeacon of Rochester, 1554–1560. He was for a time Vicar at St Columb Major in Cornwall and had a strong interest in the use of the Cornish language. Carew, who published his survey of Cornwall in 1602, notices the almost total extirpation of the Cornish language in his days. He says: The principal love and knowledge of this language liveth in Dr. Kennall, the civilian, and with him lieth buried, for the English speech doth encroach upon it and have driven the same to the utmost skirts of the shire[2].

The link between the Cornish language and Catholicism was also exhibited in the activities of Kennall, at St Columb, where he was still holding Mass as late as 1590.[3]

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  1. ^ A. L. Rowse (2003). The England of Elizabeth. The University of Wisconsin Press. p. 475. ISBN 0-299-18814-0.
  2. ^ Tanner, Marcus (2006). The Last of the Celts. Yale University Press. p. 231. ISBN 0300115350. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ Payton, Philip, Cornwall a history, p. 126. ISBN 1-904880-05-3.
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Preceded by
Thomas Whyte
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
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Thomas Cowper