physician at Dolgelley, antiquary, and collector of manuscripts
6 Sept. 1735
in the church of
Llanfihangel y Pennant, Caerns.
, son of
; for the family pedigree, see
, 359 — it was a branch of the
family, and produced an exceptionally large number (? thirty) of medical men. He practised at
, living for some years in what was later known as ‘
Hen Dŷ'r Doctor
) and now forming part of the
Golden Lion hotel
he had access to the
and other languages) which, in his day, were still at
. Moreover, he himself owned several manuscripts, many of which now form part of the
; for particulars, with references also to other
manuscripts, which he owned, see the ‘Introduction’ to
N.L.W. Handlist of Manuscripts
, i, xii-xiv. He was, in consequence, looked upon by other persons who wished to see or copy manuscripts in
as the natural mediator between them and the owners of the collection; some of these persons also visited him for that purpose and to see his own manuscripts. By his wife,
— (who d.
), he had two sons —
joined the Navy
, who succeeded his father in practice at
, but only for a few years, for he d. in
; he, too,
senior was also interested in the
Anglesey copper mines
and in mining operations in
. He d.
28 Dec. 1808
. Fuller details can be obtained from numerous letters in
noted in the reference cited above; see also
Merioneth Hist. Soc. Jnl.
, i, 119-21.
- The two main sources have been enumerated above;
to them add
B. B. Thomas
The Old Order based on the diary of
Elizabeth Baker (Dolgelley, 1778 - 1786)
Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952),