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OWEN , EDWARD HUMPHREY ( 1850 - 1904 ), of Tŷ Coch , Caernarvon , book-collector and local historian ;

b. 20 Dec. 1850 , son of John Owen , timber merchant , etc., and Elizabeth his wife. E. H. Owen 's interest in local and family history led him to accumulate a large library , mainly (but not entirely) of Welsh interest; that library was acquired by the National Library of Wales in 1910 and is kept intact as a ‘foundation collection.’ A short description of the printed works appears in the Annual Report of the National Library for the years 1909-10 . The manuscripts, now N.L.W. MSS. 815-68 , are described in N.L.W. Handlist of MSS. , i, 61-7; they include several volumes containing pedigrees and poems, seven volumes from the library of Sir Richard Colt Hoare (q.v.) ; two volumes compiled by William Williams , Llandygài (q.v.) ; and volumes which had belonged previously to Jonathan Jones , surveyor of taxes , Caernarvon . He d. 22 April 1904 , and was buried in the family vault at Llanfair-is-gaer church.


  • Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald , 29 April 1904 ;
  • J. Jones (‘Myrddin Fardd’) , Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon (1922) ;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 27 April 1904 ;
  • Llais Rhyddid , xix, 42-4;
  • NLW MS 13701.


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959