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CORBETT , JOHN STUART ( 1845 - 1921 ), solicitor and antiquary ;

b. 16 May 1845 , eldest son of John Stuart Corbett and Elizabeth , daughter of James Evans of Gortha (Rads.) ; the father had come to Cardiff in 1841 as agent to his relative , the 2nd marquis of Bute . He was educated at Cheltenham , admitted a solicitor in 1867 , and practised in partnership in Cardiff ; he held the office of clerk to the Llandaff bench of magistrates . In 1872 he m. Blanche , the elder daughter of James Williams Evans , vicar of Costessey , near Norwich , the son of a former rector of Llandough , near Cardiff . In 1890 , on the death of his brother James Andrew Corbett ( infra ), he was appointed solicitor to the Bute estate ; he held that position until his retirement in 1917 . His tenure of the office coincided with the period of greatest prosperity in the South Wales coalfield, and with ‘ the war of the railways ,’ when the Bute estates were managed by that dominating personality, William Thomas Lewis , the 1st lord Merthyr (q.v.) .

Corbett 's chief recreations were painting and gardening , but after 1890 he devoted much of his leisure to historical studies , chiefly on the lordship of Glamorgan (collected under the title Glamorgan and published, with a memoir, in 1925 ); those historians who have studied the same subject acknowledge the care and accuracy of his work. He d. 9 March 1921 .



His brother James Andrew Corbett , ( 1846 - 1890 ), who preceded him as solicitor to the Bute estate , was responsible for a careful edition, 1887 , of the Booke of Glamorganshire's Antiquities by Rice Merrick ( Rhys Meurug , q.v.) .

Sources:

  • Cardiff Records , 1898–1911 ;
  • J. S. Corbett , Glamorgan Papers and Notes on the Lordship and its members , 1925 .

Author:

Henry John Randall, F.S.A., (1877-1964), Bridgend

Published date: 1959