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DAVIES , HENRY REES ( 1861 - 1940 ), antiquary ,

son of Richard Davies ( 1818 - 1896 ) (q.v.) , and (as his name suggests) grandson of Henry Rees (q.v.) , was b. at Menai Bridge 5 Dec. 1861 , and graduated in the natural sciences tripos from Trinity College , Cambridge , in 1884 . He became a figure in the public life of Anglesey ( county councillor , J.P. , D.L. , sheriff ) and also in the affairs of the University College at Bangor , of which he was vice-president 1916-21 and chairman of council 1927-35 ; to that college, and especially to its library and museum, he was a considerable benefactor , and in 1931 the University of Wales conferred upon him the honorary degree of LL.D. But with all his public activities, he was a man of retiring and scholarly bent, and his chief interest lay in the study of the history of the Menai Straits and their approaches. A chapter by him on this subject appeared in the Anglesey Inventory , 1937 , of the Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments ; his larger work, bearing the characteristically modest title A Review of the Records of the Conway and the Menai Ferries , was published posthumously by the University of Wales in 1942 .

Sources:

  • Venn , Alumni Cantabrigienses ;
  • obituary by J. E. Lloyd in Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club , 1941 ;
  • personal acquaintance.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959