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TAYLOR , HENRY ( 1845 - 1927 ), historian and antiquary ;

b. at Wigan , son of Henry Taylor , colliery owner . Qualifying as a solicitor in 1864 , he became senior partner in the firm of Boydell and Taylor , solicitors , Chester , in 1873 ; from 1874 to 1906 he was town clerk of Flint . He m. a Miss Venables , of Whitchurch , Salop ; there were four daughters of the marriage. Taylor is best-known, as far as Wales is concerned, as the author of Historic Notices … of the Borough and County-Town of Flint , 1883 . In his time he was one of the best informed persons on the history and antiquities of north-east Wales and Cheshire . He can be regarded as the founder of the Flintshire Historical Society to the journal of which he contributed. He also wrote to similar journals published elsewhere, particularly those of Cheshire . He collected much record material together with printed books and prints relating to Flintshire and transferred it to the National Library of Wales , of which he was a governor and a member of the council , to form the nucleus of a ‘ Flintshire Historical Collection .’ The Henry Taylor manuscripts , now N.L.W. MSS. 6267-6331 , show the wide range of his interests; of particular interest are the numerous letters from Welsh and other historians and antiquaries which he had preserved. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and was awarded the degree of M.A. ( honoris causa ) by the University of Manchester . He d. 3 Jan. 1927 .


  • Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales ii, 164-9;
  • obituary notices in The Flintshire Observer , 8 Jan. 1927 and in the The Cheshire Observer , 8 Jan. 1927 .


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959