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EVANS , GEORGE EYRE ( 1857 - 1939 ), Unitarian minister and antiquary ,

son of David Lewis Evans (q.v.) ; b. 8 Sept. 1857 at Colyton , Devon . He was educated at a school kept by William Thomas ( Gwilym Marles , 1834 - 1879 , q.v.) and at a school in Liverpool . For some years he was minister of the Church of the Saviour at Whitchurch , Salop , and later devoted many years of his life without pay to the service of the Unitarian chapel at Aberystwyth . But he was, above all, an historian and an antiquary . For eighteen years he was employed to do research for the Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments in Wales and Monmouthshire and for thirty-three years he was secretary of the Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society . He published a number of English books : History of Renshaw Street Chapel, Liverpool , 1887 ; Colytonia , 1898 ; Whitchurch of Long Ago , 1893 ; Vestiges of Protestant Dissent , 1897 ; The Midland Churches , 1899 ; Lampeter , 1905 ; Cardiganshire, a Personal Survey , 1903 ; Record of the Provincial Assembly of Lancashire and Cheshire , 1896 ; Antiquarian Notes , a private magazine published from 1898 until at least 1905 [and edited Lloyd Letters (1754-96) , 1908 ]. He also left a large number of books still in manuscript. He d. 9 Nov. 1939 at the age of 82, and his ashes were scattered at Allt-y-blaca cemetery, Llanwenog .

Sources:

  • Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society , 1917 ff , vii, 199-203;
  • Yr Ymofynnydd , 1939 ;
  • NLW MSS 3188-90, 4280-4300, 7992-4, 7945-83.

Author:

Rev. Thomas Oswald Williams, M.A., (1888-1965), Lampeter

Published date: 1959