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JONES , WILLIAM GARMON ( 1884 - 1937 ), professor of history and librarian of Liverpool University ;

b. 15 Nov. 1884 at Birkenhead , son of William Jones of Birkenhead (of the firm of Jones, Burton and Co. , engineers , Liverpool ) and Jane Jones of Mold . He was educated at King William's College , Isle of Man , his intention being to qualify for a business career. He actually worked in a Liverpool office for two years and in 1903 went to Liverpool University to study for a degree in engineering . He completed his ‘ Intermediate ’ in 1905 , but by that time had come under the influence of Prof. J. M. Mackay , which led him to his chosen field — history and literature . He abandoned engineering and in 1905 started reading in the faculty of arts. In 1908 he graduated with first class honours in history and was awarded the Charles Beard Fellowship . In 1909 he became M.A. and was made a Fellow of the University.

Thereafter his whole life was spent in the service of Liverpool University , and it is acknowledged that, thanks to his organizing ability, he played an important part in its development. He was a lecturer in history ( 1913-19 ) and an associate professor from 1924 until his death; in 1928 he was also appointed librarian of the university.

He published ‘ A Welsh Sunday epistle ’ ( Mackay Miscellany ); ‘ Bosworth Field, an episode of Welsh history ’ ( Trans. Liverpool Welsh National Society ), 1912 ; York and Lancaster ( Bell's ‘Source Books of English History’ ); ‘ Welsh Nationalism and Henry Tudor ’ ( Trans. Cymm. , 1917-18 ).

In 1923 he m. Eluned , only daughter of ( Sir ) John Edward Lloyd of Bangor . He d. 28 May 1937 and was buried in the family grave at Flaybrick cemetery , Birkenhead . A memorial carved by Tyson Smith was set up in the Cohen library , University of Liverpool.


  • The Liverpool Daily Post , 29 and 31 May 1937 ;
  • Y Brython , 3 June 1937 ;
  • personal knowledge.


John John Williams, M.A., (1884-1950), Birkenhead

Published date: 1959