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LEWIS , Sir HENRY ( 1847 - 1923 ), a prominent Calvinistic Methodist elder in North Wales ,

was the son of THOMAS LEWIS ( 1821 - 1897 ), of Llanwenllwyfo , Anglesey ( J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees , 257), founder ( 1840 ) of a flourishing corn and flour business at Bangor , who was M.P. for Anglesey 1886-94 (following Richard Davies ( 1818 - 1896 ), (q.v.) , and lectured so frequently on his travels in Palestine and elsewhere that he was universally known as ‘ Thomas Palestina Lewis ’ — he d. 2 Dec. 1897 . Henry Lewis was b. at Bangor 21 Nov. 1847 , and educated at Friars School there and at Bala C.M. college . He became a very important figure not only at Bangor but in North Wales , more especially among his coreligionists. He proved a most valuable supporter of the University College at Bangor , more particularly in the matter of securing a site for the new college buildings. In 1901 (with H. Barber ) he published a History of Friars School, Bangor , and in 1907 a book on the history of the Tabernacle (C.M.) church at Bangor , which includes also much useful information on the history of the town itself. He m. ( 1872 ) Anne , daughter of Roger Edwards (q.v.) ; they had seven children. He was knighted in 1911 , and d. 16 Nov. 1923 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • papers in Bangor University College library;
  • on Thomas Lewis, more fully, see W. Hobley , Hanes Methodistiaeth Arfon , vi, 290 et sqq.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959