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WILLIAMS , JOHN ( 1757 - 1810 ), barrister ;

b. at Job's Well in Carmarthen town, 12 Sept. 1757 , the son of Thomas Williams . He entered Jesus College , Oxford , in 1773 , but graduated ( 1776 ) from Wadham College , of which in 1780 he was elected a Fellow . In 1784 he was called to the Bar from the Inner Temple and had a most successful career as counsel . But he was also interested in the history of the law : he was one of the joint editors of the 10th ( 1787 ), and 11th ( 1791 ) eds. of Blackstone 's Commentaries , and he furnished valuable additional notes to the 3rd ed. ( 1799-1802 ) of the Reports of Cases … in the King's Bench in the Reign of Charles II . He d. 27 Sept. 1810 ; see also the D.N.B.

One of his sons was

Sir EDWARD VAUGHAN WILLIAMS ( 1797 - 1875 ), barrister and scholar ,

who practised on the South Wales circuit . In 1847 he was raised to the bench in the Court of Common Pleas , a post which he held until his retirement in 1865 when he was appointed to the Privy Council . Apart from republishing, 1824 , his father's notes on the law in Charles II 's reign, he brought out, in 1832 , a standard work, A Treatise on the Law of Executors and Administrators , which ran into seven editions in his own life-time. He, too, finds a place in the D.N.B.

Sir ROWLAND WILLIAMS ( 1838 - 1916 ), who sat as a judge

in the Queen's Bench and also in the Court of Appeal , was Sir Edward 's son. He was chairman of the ill-assorted royal commission on the Church in Wales , 1906 ( Who was Who ).


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

Published date: 1959