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ADAMS , WILLIAM ( 1813 - 1886 ), mining expert .

Born at Pen-y-cae , Ebbw Vale , 10 Oct. 1813 , son of John and Mary Adams . The father was a working collier at the time but a man of remarkable skill in that vocation; later he became mineral agent for Charles Lloyd Harford & Co.

William was educated at Cowbridge Grammar School . In May 1828 he was apprenticed to Charles Lloyd Harford and in the course of time he became expert in his own branch. He published Science of Mining ( London , 1870 ), together with a paper on the geological features of the South Wales coalfield .

Adams removed to Cardiff in Feb. 1865 and commenced business as colliery agent and mining engineer . He took an interest in the Cardiff Free Library and supplied it with a valuable collection of fossils, particularly those of the South Wales coal measures. He was one of the first members of Cardiff Naturalists Society . He d. 17 Aug. 1886 .


  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) (1908) ;
  • T. Needham , Memoir of William Adams (1897) .


Reverend Thomas Mardy Rees, (1871-1953), Neath

Published date: 1959