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GRONOW , REES HOWELL ( 1794 - 1865 ), writer of memoirs ;

b. 7 May 1794 , he was the eldest son of William Gronow (d. 1830 ) of Swansea . From Eton he went into the army , was ensign in 1812 , served in Spain 1812-14 , was at Waterloo , and was afterwards made captain ; but he left the army in 1821 , and being a man of means lived the life of a man-about-town . His knowledge of war and society gives value to his four books: Reminiscences of Captain Gronow , 1862 ; Recollections and Anecdotes , 1863 ; Celebrities of London and Paris , 1865 ; and Last Recollections, being the fourth and final series , 1866 . He d. in Paris 20 Nov. 1865 .

Sources:

  • Old Wales a monthly magazine of antiquities for Wales and the Borders , Talybont, Breconshire, 1905-1907 (ed. W. R. Williams ), i, 24-5.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959