Having inherited much wealth from his father, he bought Tanrallt Estate , Penmorfa , in 1798 . He enclosed 1,000 acres of Traeth Mawr , and built Tremadoc ; then obtained an Act of Parliament in 1807 to raise an embankment across the Traeth to enclose 3,000 acres more. He made a road alongside it connecting London and Portinllaen ; he had obtained an Act in 1806 to construct a harbour at Portinllaen , but failed to have it adopted as mail packet station for Dublin . He projected a shorter road to London through Dolgelley , Welshpool , and Worcester . In 1821 he obtained an Act to make a port at the end of the embankment , and this was named Portmadoc . He planned a railway along the embankment to carry slates from Ffestiniog to Portmadoc , and this plan was accomplished in 1831 by Samuel Holland . He was a pronounced Radical , and advocated Parliamentary Reform .
His affairs went wrong, and he went to Paris , where he d. in 29 Sept. 1828, and where he was also buried . His wife, Eliza Anne , whom he married in 1818, was the grand-daughter of Joseph Harris ( 1704 - 1764 ) of Trevecka .
David Thomas, O.B.E., M.A., (1880-1967), Bangor
Published date: 1959