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WILKINS , CHARLES ( Catwg ; 1831 - 1913 ), writer ;

b. at Stonehouse, Glos. , 1831 , son of William Wilkins , who left Stonehouse to settle in Merthyr Tydfil as a bookseller . In 1851 , William Wilkins became postmaster of Merthyr Tydfil , and his son Charles served him as a clerk . Twenty years later the son succeeded the father as postmaster and retired pensioned in 1898 , after forty-six years service in all. Charles Wilkins was librarian of Merthyr Tydfil Subscription Library for twenty years from its commencement in 1846 . Thomas Stephens ( Gwyddon ) was secretary . He d. at his residence, Springfield , Merthyr Tydfil , 2 Aug. 1913 . Wilkins wrote prolifically, and mostly for the weekly newspapers of Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff . His chief works are: The History of Merthyr Tydfil , 1867 and 1908 ; The History of the Literature of Wales from 1300 to 1650 , 1884 — an expansion of ‘ The History of the Literature of Gwent and Morganwg ’, the winning essay at the national eisteddfod, 1880 ; The History of the Coal Trade of South Wales , 1888 ; The History of the Iron, Steel, Tinplate and other Trades of Wales , 1903 . He edited the magazine The Red Dragon , 1882-7 .

Sources:

  • South Wales Daily News , 4 Aug. 1913 ;
  • The Merthyr Express , 9 Aug. 1913.

Author:

Edward Ivor Williams, (1885-1958), Newbridge, Monmouth

Published date: 1959