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LEWIS , DAVID ( 1848 - 1897 ), lawyer ;

b. 22 Nov. 1848 in the S. Thomas suburb of Swansea , eldest son of John Lewis , J.P . He was educated at Swansea and Llandovery , whence he proceeded to Caius College , Cambridge , where he graduated B.A. in 1872 . He was called to the Bar from the Inner Temple in Nov. 1873 , and joined the South Wales circuit . In 1888 he was appointed assistant commissioner to conduct inquiries into charities in Denbighshire . He became the first recorder of Swansea in 1891 , a post which he relinquished in 1893 on being appointed a county court judge for the Mid Wales circuit . He was an active member of the Cymmrodorion society , and was elected to its council in 1877 . He was keenly interested in the publication of old Welsh texts and records , and was the author of several historical articles including ‘ The Welshman of English Literature ,’ in Cymm. , 1882 , and Red Dragon , 1886 ; ‘ The English Statutes relating to Wales ,’ in Wales 1894-5 ; ‘ The Court of the President and Council of Wales and the Marches 1478-1575 ,’ in Cymm. , 1897 ; ‘ Notes on the Charters of Neath Abbey ,’ in Arch. Camb. , 1887 ; ‘ A Progress through Wales in the 17th century ’ (i.e. of Henry , duke of Beaufort ), in Cymm. , 1883 . Several of these were subsequently published as pamphlets. He also edited the 4th ed. of C. Fowler 's The Law of Collieries , 1884 . He d. 9 Sept. 1897 .

Sources:

  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • Y Cymmrodor , 1897 ;
  • Foster , Men at the Bar a biographical handlist of the members of the various inns of court, including Her Majesty's Judges , 1881 , 1896 ;
  • Who's who?
  • J. R. Tanner , The Historical Register of the University of Cambridge. Being a supplement to the Calendar, with a record of university offices, honours and distinctions to the year 1910 , Cambridge, 1917 ;
  • NLW MS 9264.

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959