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JONES , WILLIAM LEWIS ( 1866 - 1922 ), professor of English ;

b. 20 Feb. 1866 ; son of William Jones , Llangefni , and Hannah Lewis , sister of Thomas Lewis (q.v.) , M.P. for Anglesey . Educated at Friars School , Bangor , he obtained an open scholarship at Queens’ College , Cambridge , where he matriculated in the Easter term, 1884 . He read for the Classical Tripos and graduated in 1888 ; he had won the Members’ University Prize in the previous year. After graduation he went to the U.S.A. , where he took up journalism and also lectured at Chicago University . He returned to Wales in 1889 and contributed weekly notes on Welsh affairs to the Manchester Guardian . In 1891 he was appointed assistant lecturer in English at the University College of North Wales and in 1897 became professor . He took a leading part in raising funds for the new College buildings . On the ground of ill-health he resigned in 1919 and was made Professor Emeritus . He d. at Bangor 2 Feb. 1922 . In 1901 he had m. Edith Owen of Menai Bridge.

Lewis Jones wrote many articles for the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , the Quarterly Review , etc. He edited Caniadau Cymru , 1897 ; Land of my Fathers , 1915 ; and, in collaboration with W. Cadwaladr Davies (q.v.) , The University of Wales , 1915 . He was specially interested in the relations between English and Welsh literature. From this interest sprang his King Arthur in History and Legend , 1911 . He also contributed three chapters to the Cambridge History of English Literature (i, xiii), which together illustrate his command of English , Welsh , and Latin literature.


  • Personal knowledge.


Emeritus Professor Herbert Gladstone Wright, M.A., (1888-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959