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REES , TIMOTHY ( 1874 - 1939 ), bishop of Llandaff ,

son of David Rees and Catherine his wife; b. at Llain , Llanbadarn Trefeglwys, Cards. , 15 Aug. 1874 . He was educated at Ardwyn School , Aberystwyth , the College School , Lampeter , and S. David's College , graduating B.A. in 1896 . After a year at S. Michael's College , Aberdare , he was ordained deacon in Dec. 1897 , and priest a year later. After serving two years as curate at Mountain Ash , he returned to S. Michael's College as lecturer , and in 1906 he joined the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield, Yorks . He remained there (save for five years as chaplain to the Forces , 1914-19 , when he was awarded the M.C. ) till his appointment as bishop of Llandaff in 1931 . He held the see till his death at Llandaff on 29 April 1939 and is buried in the shadow of the cathedral; there is a floor brass to him in the Lady chapel there.

Timothy Rees in the short time he was bishop gave himself unsparingly to the work of the Church and nation. He was a magnificent orator in Welsh and English , and his earnestness and fervour, combined with a rigid self-discipline, had a profound effect on all those who met him.


  • J. Lambert Rees , Timothy Rees of Mirfield and Llandaff. A biography (London, Oxford, 1945) ;
  • Who's who? .


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959