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ROWLANDS , HENRY ( Harri Myllin ; 1832 - 1903 ), writer and antiquary ;

b. in the Llanfyllin, Mont. , district in 1832 . The Rev. Richard Richards (see under Richards , Thomas , 1754 - 1837 ) had intended making a clergyman of him but died before taking any action. In 1859 Henry Rowlands joined the Denbighshire constabulary . He was a policeman at Cefnmawr , Llanrhaedr-ym-Mochnant , Llansilin , and Llandegla . He retired in 1891 and went to live at Llangollen . In 1893 he was appointed official interpreter to the courts at Wrexham , an appointment which he held until May 1902 . He d. 28 Jan. 1903 , at the age of 70, at his home in Abbey Road , Llangollen . He was a frequent contributor to various periodicals , e.g. Yr Haul , Y Cyfaill Eglwysig , Y Cronicl , Yr Eurgrawn , and Y Winllan , and wrote regularly to Bye-Gones from its inception to 1901 . It was through his endeavours in the press that a memorial stone was raised to Huw Morys (q.v.) at Llansilin . Several of his hymns are to be found in Emyniadur yr Eglwys . His poems are, in many cases, imitations of English poetry.


  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1903 , 28.


Dr Enid Pierce Roberts, M.A., D.Litt., Bangor

Published date: 1959