His career as a Cardiff boro. councillor began in 1890 ; he was elected mayor in 1902 . He was deeply interested in history and antiquities ; he was a most useful member of the Cardiff Free Library Committee ; he was also the chairman of the sub-committee of the boro. council which arranged for the boro. records to be examined and described by John Hobson Mathews (q.v.) ; he frequently contributed to the local press and to periodicals . He was a Baptist and a staunch Liberal ; he worked for the disestablishment and disendowment of the Church in Wales . He was a member of the Society for the Preservation of the Welsh Language . It was at his Custom House Coffee Tavern that the society known as ‘ Cymmrodorion Caerdydd ’ was formed; Cochfarf was one of the most influential members of that society.
Cochfarf m. (1) a daughter of Dr. Cook , Ynyspenllwch , and (2) a daughter of the Rev. Richard Hughes ( Tremrudd ), Maes-teg . The second wife, Madame Hughes-Thomas , became very widely known because of her Welsh ladies' choir which toured in the U.S.A. , Canada , South Africa , etc. Cochfarf accompanied the choir to the U.S.A. , and was, therefore, able to be of considerable help when arrangements were being made, later, for an international Welsh eisteddfod held at Pittsburg , Pennsylvania , U.S.A. , in 1913 . He d. 18 Nov. 1912 .
Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959