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WILLIAMS , JOHN ( 1833 - 1872 ), antiquary and lawyer ;

b. 7 Dec. 1833 , eldest son of John Williams of Trosyrafon , perpetual curate of Llanfaes , Llangoed , and Penmon . He became a solicitor at Beaumaris in partnership with his brother, and also acted as agent for the Carreg-lwyd estate . He was a diligent antiquary , of some standing, his principal interest being in the history of the old county families of Anglesey . Among his published works are: David Hughes, M.A., and his Free Grammar School at Beaumaris ( Bangor , 1864 ); ‘ Penmynydd and the Tudors ’ ( Arch. Camb. , 1869 ); Hen Blas (The Old Palace) in Beaumaris ( Holyhead , 1869 ); and ‘ The History of Berw ’ (Supplement, Trans. Angl. Antiq. Soc. , 1915 ); other fruits of his labours are to be found in the National Library of Wales . He d. 8 Jan. 1872 .

Sources:

  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families , 1914 , 134;
  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1872 , 65;
  • introduction to ‘The History of Berw’ ( Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club , Suppl., 1915 );
  • Sir Ralph Williams , How I became a Governor , 1913 , 22.
  • For a list of his unpublished works, see Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales , 1940 ff , i, 123-5.

Author:

Emyr Gwynne Jones, M.A., (1911-72), Bangor

Published date: 1959