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HAMER , EDWARD ( 18401911 ), antiquary .

Born 6 Feb. 1840 at Llanidloes , son of the shoemaker Meredith Hamer and his wife Ann . From Battersea training college (where he won a gold medal ), he went to teach in Monmouthshire — at Snatchwood , Tal-y-waun ( 1867 ), and at Abersychan ( 1875 ). In 1878 he returned to Llanidloes , where he lived for some years as book-keeper to a relation in the cabinet-making business. He then moved to Birmingham .

His first published work was The Chartist Outbreak at Llanidloes ( 1867 , 2nd ed. in 1939 ). He was a contributor to Arch. Camb. (e.g. ‘ Earthworks of Ancient Arwystli ’), and to Mont. Coll. , in which were published his articles on the parish history of Llangurig ( 1869-70 ), of Llanidloes ( 1871-8 ), and of Trefeglwys ( 1879 , uncompleted). He also gave assistance to W. V. Lloyd in compiling his Sheriffs of Montgomeryshire , and to J. Y. W. Lloyd in the preparation of his History of Powys Fadog .

He d. at Bordesley , Birmingham , 24 Nov. 1911 , aged 72.

Sources:

  • Preface to 2nd ed. of A Brief account of the Chartist outbreak at Llanidloes, in the year 1839 , 1867; re-published 1939 ;
  • information from Mr. David Rowlands , Newtown.

Authors:

John Davies Knatchbull Lloyd, M.A., F.S.A., O.B.E., Montgomery

Edward Ronald Morris, Llanidloes / Llanfyllin

Published date: 1959