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FRANKLEN , Sir THOMAS MANSEL ( 1840 - 1928 ), public servant ;

b. in 1840 at Swansea , son of Richard Franklen , J.P. , D.L. , of Clemenstone , and his wife, Isabella ( Talbot ) . From Harrow he went up to Oxford ( Exeter and afterwards Merton ), graduating in 1861 ; he was called to the Bar from Lincoln's Inn in 1865 , and practised on the South Wales circuit . In 1878 he became clerk of the peace in Glamorgan , and in 1889 clerk of Glamorgan county council . He d., still in office, 29 Sept. 1928 . He had m., in 1872 , Florence Allen ; had received an honorary LL.D. from the University of Wales in 1921 , and had been knighted in the same year. He was a member of the Cambrian Archaeological Association , and was a zealous photographer , as befitted a relation of W. H. Fox Talbot (see Talbot of Margam family ); his photographs of early Celtic crosses were extensively used by J. Romilly Allen (q.v.) , and a collection of his photographs of historic buildings is preserved in the National Museum of Wales .


  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1928 ;
  • Who was who? .


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

Published date: 1959