In 1863 he settled in London , and thereafter, with the aid of Sir Hugh Owen , the first lord Aberdare , the Rev. David Thomas , Stockwell , and others, he promoted a scheme for the furtherance of higher education in Wales , Nicholas becoming secretary of the movement which led eventually to the founding of the first University College in Wales at Aberystwyth in 1872 ; before that came about, however, Nicholas had disagreed with some of the promoters and had resigned (for details see Iwan Morgan in The College by the Sea , Aberystwyth , 1928 , particularly 257-66).
In the meantime he had been busy writing and publishing (a) Middle and High Class Schools, and University Education for Wales , 1863 , a work which exerted considerable influence in Wales at the time; ( b ) Pedigree of the English People , 1868 , and other editions — for particulars of the lawsuit which followed on the publication of this work see Iwan Morgan , op. cit., and N.L.W. MS. 3097 ; ( c ) Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales , two vols. — the 1872 edition is still a useful source book; ( d ) History and Antiquities of the County of Glamorgan and its Families , 1874 — this is the Glamorgan portion of ( c ), separately published. He also produced, in 1860 , an edition of Mathias Maurice , Social Religion Exemplify'd , whilst, in the autumn of 1878 , he was editing for the press the English edition of Baedeker's London . Futher details of his career can be learnt from the Nicholas MSS. (now N.L.W. MSS. 3091-3106 ); note, e.g. a journal ( N.L.W. MS. 3091 ) kept by him in 1838 which includes notes on a preaching tour from Trefgarn to Liverpool and back undertaken by Nicholas and James Evan(s) ( Caereinion , 1814 - 1842 ) , and legal letters and papers, 1876-77 ( N.L.W. MS. 3106 ) relating to Lonsdale House School , Bridgwater , in which Nicholas was co-partner.
He died, unmarried, at 156 Cromwell Road , London , 14 May, 1879 , and was buried in Hammersmith cemetery ( E. Poole , Hist. of Brecknockshire , 308).
Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959