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JONES , WILLIAM HENRY ( 1860 - 1932 ), journalist and local historian ;

b. 4 Feb. 1860 at the Mumbles , near Swansea , the son of William Henry Jones ( 1826 - 1912 ) and his wife Ann ( Fisher ) . He was educated at the Goat Street British School , Swansea . For years afterwards he worked as a journalist and editor of newspapers at Swansea , Caernarvon ( 1879 ), Exeter , Norwich , and Yarmouth ; he returned to Swansea in 1913 . He m., 1885 , Annie Elizabeth , daughter of Thomas Watkin Williams , Wellington foundry , Swansea . He published a large number of articles, booklets, and books on the history of persons and places in Wales and England — see a list of twenty-nine publications printed at the end of his History of Swansea and of the Lordship of Gower ( Carmarthen , 1920 ); this work, his History of the Port of Swansea ( Carmarthen , 1922 ), and his Old Karnarvon , 1882 , constitute his most valuable contribution to local history. He was appointed, c. 1920 , librarian and curator of the Royal Institution of South Wales , Swansea ; he was also regarded as the official archivist of the town of Swansea . He d. 17 March 1932 at his home in Sketty Road , Swansea.

Sources:

  • Who's who in Wales , 1920 ;
  • S.W. Post , 17 March 1932 ;
  • Western Mail , 18 March 1932 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959