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HARDING , Sir JOHN DORNEY ( 1809 - 1868 ), Queen's Advocate ;

b. at Rockfield, Mon. , in 1809 . For some time he was a private pupil under Thomas Arnold and then proceeded to Oriel College , Oxford , to complete his education. He obtained his B.A. degree in 1830 , M.A. 1833 and D.C.L. in 1837 . In that year he commenced to practise as an advocate at Doctors’ Commons . In 1852 he was appointed Queen's Advocate , a post which he retained until 1862 . He was knighted 24 March 1852 . His Essay on the influence of Welsh Tradition upon European Literature , which secured a prize offered by the Abergavenny Cymreigyddion Society in 1838 , was published in 1839 . He d. 24 Nov. 1868 at the age of fifty-nine.

Sources:

  • NLW MS 9259 (93);
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • E. G. Salisbury , Border Counties' Worthies (1878-80) .

Author:

Nansi Ceridwen Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959