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LOWE , WALTER BEZANT ( 1854 - 1928 ), antiquary ;

b. at [ Islington , 3 Jan. 1854 ]. He went to Rugby (becoming head boy) and S. John's College , Cambridge , where he graduated in 1877 with a First ( 1876 ) in science, chiefly chemistry. From 1877 till 1879 he was on the Britannia as one of the tutors of the future king George V and his elder brother; later, he had a private school at Fareham . In 1904 he retired to Cae'r Carw , Llanfairfechan , where he developed a keen interest in the antiquities of Gwynedd ; he was one of the early members of the Llandudno Field Club and for many years edited its Proceedings; he was also a member of the Cambrian Archaeological Association , and contributed articles, e.g. ‘ The Price Families of Plas Iolyn and Gilar ’ ( 1912 ) to Arch. Camb. Better known than these are his books, published at his own expense, and especially The Heart of Northern Wales , which originally ( 1911 ) was intended to be mainly a revised edition of the History of Aberconwy by Robert Williams ( 1810 - 1881 ) (q.v.) , but was expanded into a two-volume book ( 1912 and 1927 ) of much wider compass. Besides this work, Lowe published ( 1906 ) a reprint of John Wynn of Gwydir 's Survey of Penmaenmawr ; Abbeys and Convents of the Vale of Conway (with Thomas Elias , 1912 ); Llansannan ( 1915 ); and several guidebooks and maps. His health broke down, and in 1926 he moved to Bangor , where he d. 7 May 1928 .

Sources:

  • Obituary notices in Archaeologia Cambrensis and Proceedings of the Llandudno and District Field Club , Llanfairfechan, 1906-1953 , 1928 ;
  • [ Venn , Alumni Cantabrigienses ]

Author:

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

Published date: 1959