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TREHERNE (formerly THOMAS ), GEORGE GILBERT TREHERNE ( 1837 - 1923 ), antiquary ,

youngest son of Rees Goring Thomas (see under Morris , Ebenezer , 1790 - 1867 ) of Llannonn, Carms. , and Surrey ; b. 30 Dec. 1837 ; in Jan. 1857 he went from Eton to Balliol College , Oxford , where he graduated in 1861 ( Foster , Alumni Oxon .); he rowed for the University in the 1859 boat race . Shortly after leaving Oxford he changed his name. He was admitted a solicitor in 1865 , and in due course became principal of his firm. As most of his work was connected with large estates in south-west Wales he became interested in the history and antiquities of that part of the country; and he became an authority on the town of Laugharne and its neighbourhood. He was particularly interested in Eglwys Gymyn where he discovered the famous Latin/Ogam inscription ‘ Avitoria ’ ( Inventory of Ancient Monuments of Carms. , 40), and published two books about it: Eglwys Cymmin, The Story of an Old Welsh Church , 1918 , and Eglwys Cymmin Epitaphs , 1920 . He joined the Cambrian Archaeological Association in 1904 and contributed a number of papers to Arch. Camb . He was also one of the founders of the Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society ( 1905 ), became its first president , and contributed twenty-five articles to its transactions. He d. 26 Feb. 1923 , in his home at Ringmer , Sussex . He must not be confused with another antiquary , J. M. Traherne (q.v.) .


  • G. Eyre Evans , Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1923 , 183-5.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959