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WILLIAMES , RICE PRYCE BUCKLEY ( 1802 - 1871 ), an official in the Board of Control, London, and principal founder of The Cambrian Quarterly Magazine ;

b. 1802 , eldest son of John Buckley Williames , Pennant , Berriw, Mont. ( high sheriff of Montgomeryshire , 1820 ), and Catherine , daughter and heiress of Rice Pryce , Glyncogan . He was educated at Shrewsbury school. Through the influence of Charles W. Williams Wynn (see under Wynn of Wynnstay ) he was given a post in the Board of Control , London , then the government department responsible for the affairs of India ; this post he held for nine years, retiring on pension. Fairly soon after going to London he became the principal founder of The Cambrian Quarterly Magazine and Celtic Repository , a useful and interesting journal, of which he was editor for a period, and the first number of which appeared in Jan. 1829 and which continued until 1833 ; note that the first volume is dedicated to lord Ashley , ‘ One of the Commissioners for the affairs of India .’ Williames was prominent also in connection with the volunteer movement in Montgomeryshirecornet in 1819 , lieutenant in the new corps, the Yeomanry Cavalry formed in 1831 , and later becoming major . He m. 1854 , Anna Frances Parslow , eldest daughter of Humphrey Rowland Jones , Garthmyl, Mont. , the only child of the marriage, a daughter, predeceased her father. He d. 23 March 1871 , and was buried in the parish church of Betws .


  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies (1894) (2nd ed.).


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

Published date: 1959