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PHILLIPS , JAMES ( 1847 - 1907 ), historian of Pembrokeshire ;

b. 26 March 1847 at Haverford-west ; his father, James Phillips , ironmonger , came of Quaker stock and was mayor of the town in 1871 . Educated at a private school on S. Thomas's Green , he became a Wesleyan local preacher , although he suffered from a stammer . Late in life he entered the Bristol Congregational College , and in 1889 he was ordained minister at the Tabernacle Congregational church , Little Haven, Pembs. , which he served till his death on 20 Nov. 1907 at his residence in Haverfordwest . A Liberal in politics, he interested himself in local education , serving as chairman of the Haverfordwest School Board , and from 1903 of the Haverfordwest Managers . He was also a governor of the grammar school and vice-chairman of Tasker's high school , and a member of the county education committee since its formation. He was an alderman of the county council . He is best known as author of The History of Pembrokeshire , published posthumously in 1909 . He also wrote a number of articles, mainly on Elizabethan Haverfordwest ( Arch. Camb. , 1895 , 81-95; 1896 , 193-211; 1897 , 41-4, 308-23; 1898 , 298-311; 1899 , 269-82; and 1904 , 253-74) and on the parish registers of S. Mary's , Haverfordwest (ibid., 1902 , 115-27; 1903 , 298-318; and 1905 , 38-61).

Sources:

  • The Congregational Year Book , 1908 , 193-4;
  • Pembrokeshire County Guardian , 22 and 29 Nov. 1907 ;
  • South Wales Daily News , 22 Nov. 1907.

Author:

Dr Bertie George Charles, Ph.D., (1908-2000), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959