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EVANS , SAMUEL JAMES ( 1870 - 1938 ), schoolmaster, educationalist, and author ;

b. 4 Aug. 1870 at Llandysul, Cards. , the second son of David Evans , currier , and Margaret Jones . He was educated at the Tyssul grammar school , Llandysul , and at Aberystwyth University College , graduating B.A. (Lond.) in 1892 and M.A. in 1894 . He m. Annie , daughter of Thomas Griffiths , Aberystwyth ( agent to the Nanteos estate ), and had two sons. He was appointed in 1895 the first headmaster of the County School for Boys , Welshpool , and in 1897 the first headmaster of the County School , Llangefni , a position which he held until he retired in 1935 . He afterwards lived at Menai Bridge , where he d. on 2 April 1938 ; he was buried in the adjacent churchyard of Llandysilio .

For over forty years S. J. Evans was a prominent figure in the educational life of Wales . From 1934 to 1937 he was the secretary of the committee of the new hymnary , Emynau'r Eglwys , published in 1941 . In addition to articles in periodicals , a series of textbooks on Welsh grammar , and a translation of the Short Summary of the Constitution of the Church in Wales by Frank Morgan ( 1920 ), he published for the Guild of Graduates of the University of Wales an annotated ed. ( 1902 ) of Drych y Prif Oesoedd (by Theophilus Evans , q.v. ).

Sources:

  • North Wales Chronicle , 8 April 1938 ;
  • Yr Haul , May 1938 ;
  • Welsh Secondary Schools Review , Summer 1935, Summer 1938 ;
  • personal acquaintance.

Author:

Gildas Tibbott M.A., (1900-79), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959