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Abbot Silvan (Sylvanus) of Rievaulx (1167-88, resigned)

When Silvan, formerly abbot of Rievaulx’s daughter-house at Dundrennan, succeeded to the abbacy at Rievaulx, he successfully sustained the expansion of the abbey’s lands in the near and remote vicinity, and attracted new patrons.
Silvan played a prominent role in local and national affairs, acting on behalf of the Order, the king and the pope. For example, he was sent to Scotland to arbitrate in a dispute over the bishopric of St Andrews.
Silvan retired to Byland Abbey where he died in 1189.