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BAXTER , GEORGE ROBERT WYTHEN ( 1815 - 1854 ), author .

Of Upper Bryn , Llanllwchaiarn, Mont. He was b. at Monmouth and christened on 14 June 1814 , the only son of George Trotham Baxter (1762-1841) of Hereford , and was a member of an old family long settled in the neighbourhood of Newtown . Among his ancestors was Richard Baxter , the famous Presbyterian divine .

He entered an Oxford college but did not graduate there. Four of his works are listed in the B.M. General Catalogue of Printed Books . These include The Book of the Bastiles, or the History of the working of the Poor Law , 1841 , and Don Juan Junior: a poem by Byron's Ghost , 1839 .

He m. at Tenby , 5 June 1833 , Martha Maria Caulfield (d. 1 Apr. 1875 ). He d. 17 Jan. 1854 , and a memorial tablet was set up by his mother in Llanllwchaiarn church.


  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies (1894) ;
  • British Museum. Catalogue of Printed Books (1882) ;
  • Montgomeryshire collections : relating to Montgomeryshire and its borders , 59, 82-101.


Elwyn Evans, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959