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BOWEN , IVOR ( 1862 - 1934 ), K.C., county court judge .

Born at Bridgend, Glam. , son of J. Bowen Jones , Independent minister . After leaving school he entered the service of a bank in London , and from Sept. 1883 dropped the surname Jones and adopted that of Bowen. He was admitted a student of Gray's Inn , 3 Nov. 1886 , was called to the Bar 3 July 1889 , and for some years practised at Cardiff , being revising barrister ( South Wales Circuit ) from 1905 to 1912 ; in the latter year be became a K.C. and was elected a Bencher of Gray's Inn . His legal offices included those of recorder of Merthyr Tydfil ( 1914-15 ), Swansea ( 1915-18 ), county court judge , Mid Wales Circuit ( 1918-33 ), treasurer of Gray's Inn ( 1923 ).

An essay on the derivation and history of the name of the county of Brecon won him the prize at the Brecon eisteddfod , 1889 . His publications include The Statutes of Wales , 1908 , The Great Enclosures of Common Lands in Wales , 1914 , ‘ John Williams of Gloddaeth, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England ’ ( Trans. Cymm. 1927-8 ) and ‘ Grand Juries, Justices of the Peace and Quarter Sessions in Wales ’ ( Trans. Cymm. 1933-4 ). He left in manuscript a work entitled ‘ The King's Court of Great Sessions .’

In World War I he assisted in raising the 15th and 18th Battalions , The Royal Welch Fusiliers , i.e. the London Welsh Battalions , and commanded the latter battalion ; a plaque in Gray's Inn commemorates the raising of these battalions. He d. 2 Jan. 1934 .

Sources:

  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1927-8 , 1933-5 ;
  • The Times , 8 Jan. 1934 .

Author:

Sir John Lias Cecil Cecil-Williams, Ll.D., (1892-1964), London

Published date: 1959