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PAINTER family, printers at Wrexham .

The Wrexham printing and publishing business of Marsh (see Marsh , Richard ) was bought in at the end of 1795 by JOHN PAINTER . He m., 3 Oct. 1798 , Catherine , daughter of Hugh Burton , Wrexham . John Painter was succeeded by his son, also JOHN PAINTER , who was killed by a fall from his horse , 15 Oct. 1833 , aged 32; John Painter , junior, was succeeded by his brother, THOMAS PAINTER , who sold the business to Railton Potter in 1855 . Thomas Painter d. 16 Jan. 1889 , aged 82.

The three Painters were skilled printers . It was the father who printed Philip Yorke 's Royal Tribes of Wales , 1799 , and Edward Edwards 's edition of Browne Willis , Survey of the Cathedral Church of St. Asaph , 1801 . The largest work undertaken in the office was John Humphreys 's translation, published 1813 , of Samuel Clark 's Family Bible . Further personal details concerning Thomas Painter are given by Ifano Jones in his History of Printing and Printers in Wales ; e.g. Thomas Painter was mayor of Wrexham in 1859 , and he was also a director of some local companies.


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

Published date: 1959