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HAINES , WILLIAM ( 1853 - 1922 ), local historian and bibliographer ;

b. 24 May 1853 , at Bryn , Penpergwm, Mon. , son of Thomas and Elizabeth Haines . Educated at the grammar school, Abergavenny , he became a solicitor's clerk . He m. (1) 1876 , Clara Ann Rutherford (d. 1880 ), of Rockhampton, Glos. , and (2) Mary Nicholas (d. 1944 ) of Llangibby, Mon. , who shared her husband's literary interests. Haines collected an extensive library of books, manuscripts, documents, etc. , relating to Monmouthshire ; the bulk of this collection was acquired by Sir Garrod and lady Thomas and presented to the Newport borough library in Jan. 1924 . He also compiled a bibliography of printed and other literature relating to Monmouthshire . This work was submitted for competition at the Pontypool national eisteddfod in 1933 but remains unpublished, being now preserved in the National Library of Wales in ten manuscript volumes ( N.L.W. MSS. 7541-50 ) the gift of his widow. With this material are preserved six other Haines manuscripts ( N.L.W. MSS. 9551-6 ), containing letters received by him from other bibliographers and men of letters (for a list of the writers see N.L.W. Handlist of MSS. , xi) when he was compiling the bibliography. He d. 12 Jan. 1922 and was buried at Llangattock-juxta-Usk , near Abergavenny .


  • Haines Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales (N.L.W MSS. 7541-50, 9551-6) (above);
  • W. J. T. Collins , More Monmouthshire Writers (1948) (Newport, 1948 );
  • South Wales Argus , 8 Jan. 1924 .


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959