He was twice m.: (1), 1880 , to Susan Elizabeth (d. 1893 ), eldest daughter of Richard Barner Roscoe of Accrington , who bore him one son and three daughters; (2), 1897 , to Marion Catherine (d. 1904 ), daughter of Richard Owen , of Anglesey and Liverpool . On his father's side he claimed connection with the Salusburys and Bagots of Bachymbyd , while on his mother's side he was related to the Bruces and Knights of Glamorgan and Devon .
During and after his term at Oxford his interest in Welsh studies was awakened through the influence and friendship of John Rhys , J. Loth , Whitley Stokes , and other scholars. He began to learn Welsh in 1880 and mastered the language thoroughly. Early in his career he resided at Shiplake House , living a gentleman's life until money worries forced him to sell his home to his cousin, lord Phillimore . Financial and other worries troubled him a great deal, especially after his second marriage. He had an intimate knowledge of Wales , her language and history, and had stayed in different parts of the country before finally settling down in Corris , Merioneth , about 1903 , and there, for the rest of his life, he lived alone with his books and his cats.
He had a good library and a collection of Welsh manuscripts which are now in the National Library of Wales . He devoted his life to Celtic studies and published learned articles and notes on Welsh history, topography, place-names, personal names, and mythology . The fruits of his fine scholarship are mainly preserved in periodicals and the works of others — in Owen 's Pembrokeshire , Gossiping Guide to Wales , Bye-Gones , Y Cymmrodor , and Archaeologia Cambrensis . The only work to appear under his own name, Welsh Ædoeology — a collection of Welsh pornographic literature — was published in Germany - see Studia Celtica , 6 ( 1971 ), 99-102 .
He was editor of the Cymmrodor in 1889-91 . His literary output was disappointingly small, and a store of learning was lost when this rather eccentric scholar d. at Corris on 5 June 1937 .
Dr Bertie George Charles, Ph.D., (1908-2000), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959