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GRIFFITH , WALTER ( 1819 - 1846 ), advocate of free trade

his father was David Griffith of Blowty in Llŷn , who was Independent minister of Tal-y-sarn ( 1814-30 ), afterwards shopkeeper at Bethesda till 1840 , and then minister at Ruabon ( H. Egl. Ann. , iii, 228, iv, 30); he d. in 1843 . Walter Griffith was b. in Aug. 1819 , and apprenticed to a shopkeeper at Bethesda . Removing to Manchester as assistant to a hatter , he was drawn into the anti-corn-law movement , and was appointed lecturer in North Wales for the anti-corn-law league . He held meetings in the North Wales counties, wrote on free trade in Y Dysgedydd , and in 1840 published a pamphlet, Treth y Bara . He d. at Abergele [ ? Conway ] in 1846 . Under the pseudonym Gwallter Bach he produced a good deal of verse.

Sources:

  • Hugh Derfel Hughes , Hynafiaethau Llandegai a Llanllechid (1866) , 97;
  • reports of Free Trade meetings, in Y Dysgedydd , 1840 , 1841 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959