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JENKINS , JOHN ( 1808 - 1884 ), barrister and publicist ,

son of David Jenkins (a builder ) and great-grandson of Lewis Rees (q.v.) , was b. at Swansea , 21 Aug. 1808 , and educated at Carmarthen ( 1824-6 ) and at Glasgow ( M.A. , 1831 ). After a period as Unitarian minister and schoolmaster at Yeovil ( 1832-7 ) and Bath ( 1837-9 ), he returned to Swansea and opened a school . He lectured in West Wales for the Anti-Corn-Law League . He was offered an assistant-commissionership by one of the commissioners in the Welsh Education inquiry of 1846 , but the Privy Council quashed the appointment because he was a Unitarian — in a later inquiry ( 1858-9 ) of the same sort, however, he did take part. In 1847 he founded the Swansea and Glamorgan Herald , and edited it for ten years. Called to the Bar (from Gray's Inn ) in 1865 , he removed to London to practise as a Parliamentary draughtsman . He d. 14 Oct. 1884 .

Sources:

  • Walter J. Evans in Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 , 45-6,
  • and in NLW MS 10327.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959