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OWEN , JOHN ( 1790 - 1846 ), founder of Owens College, Manchester ,

was b. in 1790 at Manchester , and d. 29 July 1846 , aged 55, unmarried, leaving nearly £100,000 for establishing the college. He was for a time partner in the firm of Samuel Faulkner & Co. He was a taciturn and unsociable man. His parents were Welsh — his father, Owen Owens ( 1764 - 1844 ) was b. at Holywell , and his mother Sarah ( Humphreys , d. 1816 ) in that neighbourhood. Owen Owens went to Manchester when young, and was an intelligent and widely-read man, who established a large furrier's business , with branches in London and other places.

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Y Geninen , 1885 (226), 1886 (62).

Author:

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

Published date: 1959