BONAPARTE , Prince
( 1813 - 1891 ).
(and nephew of
Napoleon ) Bonaparte
. Born 4 Jan. 1813 at
He lived in England until 1848 , when
he returned to France . There, after the Revolution , he was made a deputy for Corsica ( 28 Nov. ). When that election was set
aside he was elected in July 1849
deputy for the Seine . He sat on the benches
of the Right in the Assembly but took no direct part in his
cousin's coup d'état in Dec. 1850 . Although
created him a senator and prince he
displayed little interest in the politics of the Second
Empire and, when the Third Republic was proclaimed in
1870 , retired to England where he took
up philology . His principal subject was Basque but he was also interested in other Celtic
languages and published some of his studies on initial mutation; see
particularly his Initial Mutations in the Living
Celtic, Basque, Sardinian, and Italian Dialects , 1885 .
He possessed the only surviving copy (as far as is known) of the book Athravaeth Gristnogavl , by
, and Wales is indebted to him not only for drawing
attention to its existence but also for transcribing it for the Cymmrodorion and for giving them permission to publish it in 1880 .
He d. 3 Nov. 1891.
(14th ed.), iii, 836,
, 1870–1934 , xiv, 1893 , 71-2;
Athravaeth Gristnogavl, le cair uedi cynnuys
yn grynno'r hol brifbynciau syd i gyfaruydo dyn ar y phord
i baraduys. Originally printed at Milan, A.D. 1568.
Reproduced in fac-simile from the unique copy in the
possession of H.I.H. Prince L. L. Bonaparte, etc.
- his letters (etc.) in Bangor Manuscripts at University College North
Wales Library, Bangor
6205-24 - 6223 is a copy of his will;
- Brynley F. Roberts, 'A gentle and amiable prince': Louis-Lucien Bonaparte and Welsh
studies', Trans. Cymm., new series, vol.2, 1996, pp.79-99.
Professor John Ellis Caerwyn Williams, M.A., B.D., (1912-99), Bangor /