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WILLIAMS , ARTHUR WYNN ( 1819 - 1886 ), physician and antiquary ;

a native of Caernarvonshire . He was admitted a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1843 , became a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries in 1844 , and obtained the degree of M.A. at S. Andrews University in 1847 . He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society , and was for a period physician to the Caernarvonshire and Anglesey infirmary . After practising for some years at Caernarvon , he removed to London . He was the author of Cancer of the Uterus and other Parts ( London , 1868 ), and was a frequent contributor to the medical journals . His most valuable contribution to medicine was his advocacy of the use of iodine as an antiseptic and of bromine as a cure for cancer . He also took a keen interest in Welsh literature and Celtic archaeology . He wrote Descriptions of British and Druidical Remains in the neighbourhood of Caernarvon , and King Arthur's Well, Llanddeiniolen, near Caernarvon — a chalybeate spring, with directions for its use ; a Welsh translation of the latter was published also. He d. 15 Nov. 1886 , aged 67 years, and was buried in Paddington cemetery on 19 Nov.


  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1886 , 186;
  • The Medical Directory (London) , 1886 , 289-90 (gives London addresses and detailed survey of career);
  • Cardiff Free Libraries: Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department (1898) ;
  • NLW MS 9276 (232).


Hywel David Emanuel, M.A., (1921-70), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959