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WILLIAMS family, of Bron Eryri , later called Castell Deudraeth, Mer.

WILLIAMS , DAVID ( Dewi Heli ; 1799 - 1869 ), solicitor and Liberal Member of Parliament for Merioneth ; b. 30 June 1799 at Saethon in the parish of Llanfihangel-Bachellaeth, Caerns. , son of David Williams and Margaret his wife. He was articled to his brother John Williams ( high sheriff of Merioneth , 1841-2 ), then a solicitor at Llanfyllin, Mont. , and practised at Pwllheli and Portmadoc , becoming also controller of the Madocks estate . In course of time he acquired much property , forming the estate associated with the house called Castell Deudraeth , Merioneth , formerly called Bron Eryri , where his brother John formerly resided. David Williams had literary interests and contributed to some Welsh periodicals ; letters which he wrote to Ebenezer Thomas ( Eben Fardd ) and John Thomas ( Siôn Wyn o Eifion ) are preserved in N.L.W. Cwrt Mawr MS. 404 . He was clerk of the peace for Merioneth , 1842-59 , one of the deputy-lieutenants for Merioneth and Caernarvonshire , high sheriff for Merioneth , 1861-2 , and for Caernarvonshire , 1862-3 . He contested Merioneth as a Liberal in 1859 and 1865 , unsuccessfully, but he won the seat in 1868 . He m. 25 Sept. 1841 , Annie Louisa Loveday (d. 16 June 1904 ), daughter of William Williams , of Peniarthucha, Mer. , barrister-at-law , and they had a large family; the eldest and the youngest sons are briefly noticed below. He d. 15 Dec. 1869 , and was buried at Penrhyndeudraeth .


David Williams was succeeded in the Deudraeth estate by his eldest son ( Sir ) ARTHUR OSMOND WILLIAMS ( 1849 - 1927 ), 1st baronet , Liberal Member of Parliament for Merioneth , 1900-10 . Born 17 March 1849 , he was educated at Eton , was justice of the peace and deputy-lieutenant for Caernarvonshire , chairman of quarter sessions for Merioneth , constable of Harlech castle , lord-lieutenant of Merioneth , 1909-27 , and created a baronet in 1909 . Sir Osmond Williams d. 28 Jan. 1927 , in Australia . He had m., 3 Aug. 1880 , Frances Evelyn Greaves ; their elder son, OSMOND TRAHAEARN DEUDRAETH WILLIAM ( 1883 - 1915 ), served in the South African War , was a captain in the newly-formed Welsh Guards in the first Great War , and was killed in action in the battle of Loos , 1915 .


The youngest son of David Williams was Leonard Llewelyn Bulkeley Williams ( 1861 - 1939 ), physician in London and writer . Born 2 Oct. 1861 , he was educated at Marlborough , at the University of Glasgow (where he took his medical degrees), and in France and Germany . He wrote articles to medical and scientific journals and was the author of numerous books dealing, mainly, with medicine , Paris , Spain , and the Spanish language; for titles of some of his publications see Who's Who , 1939 , and the obituary notice in The Times , 21 Aug. 1939 . He d. 20 Aug. 1939 .

Bibliography:

  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families , 1914 , 317;
  • J. Jones (‘Myrddin Fardd’) , Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon , 1922 ;
  • Edward Davies , Traethawd ar Enwogion Swydd Feirion, hen a diweddar, yn gelfyddydwyr, beirdd, gwyddonwyr, pregethwyr , Caernarfon, 1870 ;
  • E. Breese , Kalendars of Gwynedd … , 1873 ;
  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales , 1895 ;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • Burke's … Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage ;
  • Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage , 1952 ;
  • Baner ac Amserau Cymru , 18 Dec. 1869 .

Author:

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