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MALKIN , BENJAMIN HEATH ( 1769 - 1842 ), antiquary and author ;

b. (says his tombstone) 23 March 1769 , in London . His career is described in D.N.B. ; he graduated at both universities (becoming D.C.L., Oxon. , 1810 ), was headmaster of Bury S. Edmund's grammar school , 1809-28 , and professor of history in London University in 1830 , was F.S.A. , and published several books . To turn to his Welsh associations: his wife, Charlotte , was the daughter of Thomas Williams , B.D. , of Llanblethian (Glam.) , master of Cowbridge grammar school and curate of Cowbridge . Malkin travelled in South Wales ( 1803 ) and in 1804 published a book which is far better known in its second, two-volume, ed., The Scenery, Antiquities, and Biography of South Wales . This is by far the best of the old travel-books on South Wales — acute and interesting in its observation, usually tolerant in its judgements, with a substantial knowledge of Welsh history and (up to a point) of Welsh literature. From c. 1830 Malkin resided at the Old Hall , Cowbridge . He interested himself in the life of Glamorgan , founded ‘ The Society for the improvement of the working population in … Glamorgan ’ (of which he was president and secretary ), and edited its twelve pamphlets (list in Cardiff Catalogue , 452-3); he also published separately a lecture delivered by him to the Society. He d. at Cowbridge 26 May 1842 , and he and his wife are commemorated in an inscription in the church. His son, Sir BENJAMIN MALKIN , who d. before him ( 1837 ), was a judge at Calcutta and a friend of Macaulay 's.


  • Hopkin-James , Old Cowbridge. Borough, Church, and School (Cardiff, 1922) ,
  • and the references given above.


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

Published date: 1959