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EVANS , STEPHEN ( 1818 - 1905 ), Cymmrodor ;

a native of Llanarth, Cards. , according to the Welsh Gazette (but of Llannon, Cards. , says Cymm. , 1951 ). He went to London at an early age, establishing there a successful business as a warehouseman in Old Change . In the fifties of the last century he became closely associated with ( Sir ) Hugh Owen (q.v.) in his campaign to further Welsh education , and was an enthusiastic supporter of the University College , Aberystwyth . He was an ardent eisteddfodwr and a liberal patron of Welsh musicians and composers . He was one of the foremost members of the London committee formed in connection with the visit of ‘ Côr Mawr Caradog ’ to London in 1873 and when, partly through the enthusiasm caused by the choir's success, the Society of the Cymmrodorion was revived at a meeting in the Freemasons Tavern in the same year, Evans was elected chairman of the council , and continued in that office till his death. He d. 21 Aug. 1905 at his home in Brockley ; he was buried at Chislehurst . He m. a Miss Chase , a Leicestershire lady, and had two daughters.

Sources:

  • The Welsh Gazette , 24 and 31 Aug. 1905 ;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1905-6 , 122;
  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1904-5 ;
  • Y Cymmrodor , 1951 , 181;
  • [add now The Thomas Charles Edwards Letters , Aberystwyth, 1952 , index].

Author:

Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959