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WILLIS-BUND (formerly WILLIS ), JOHN WILLIAM ( 1843 - 1928 ), writer on the history of the Welsh Church ;

b. in 1843 at Wick Episcopi, Worcs. ; educated at Eton and Caius College , Cambridge , where he graduated with 1st class honours in law; he was called to the Bar from Lincoln's Inn , and became F.S.A. He gave devoted service to his native county all his life, and was at one time chairman of its quarter sessions and of its county council . He d. 7 June 1928 . He was deeply interested in the history of the church in Wales , contributed articles to the Transactions of the Cymmrodorion Society (his paper on Peckham in Trans. Cymm ., 1900-1 , is worthy of notice), and edited for that society the Black Book of St. Davids ( 1902 ) — the work was but indifferently done. He also published a book, The Celtic Church of Wales , 1897 ; this propounded a theory of his own, and was judged by Louis Gougaud to be ‘ dubious and prejudiced ,’ and by Sir J. E. Lloyd to be ‘ very haphazard .’

Sources:

  • Who was who? .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959