In 1845 , he was given the perpetual curacy of Holyhead , and remained there till 1857 ; he proved himself an excellent parish priest . He was a man of exceptional generosity, and later on, large numbers of Holyhead children would be invited to spend a holiday at the principal 's lodgings at Jesus . In 1857 , he was elected principal of the college — a college which had long been stagnating and was now in the throes of the reforms demanded by the Royal Commission of 1852 . He was an honorary canon of Bangor from 1857 until his d. His management of the college has been described as ‘ wise and prudent ’; a characteristic incident was his offer of an exhibition to John Rhys , ‘ on the spot ,’ after a brief interview ( D.N.B. , under Rhys , John ).
His very poor eyesight (not to mention his administrative duties) prevented his writing anything of great consequence, though he was a sound scholar. Yet he was interested in things Welsh ; he was prominent at the Aberffraw eisteddfod of 1849 , and in 1866 published a booklet, The Rules of the Welsh Initial Changes ; he also published a volume of sermons. He d. 17 Oct. 1877 .
[The father, too, was a prominent supporter of the ‘provincial’ eisteddfodic movement in S.-E. Wales ; he had a well-used collection of old Welsh books.]
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 1959