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GRAY , THOMAS ( 1847 - 1924 ), mining engineer and local historian ;

b. 22 Sept. 1847 , at Usworth , co. Durham , son of William and Jane Gray . In 1848 the family came to Tai-bach , Margam, Glam. , where he lived the remainder of his life. After serving as an assistant to his father, who was mineral agent to Messrs. Vivian and Sons , he became a consulting engineer to the same industrialists, an inspector of mines , and the inventor of the ‘Gray’ safety lamp for miners (patent specificat on no. 10,503; 12 June 1900 ). Among his other interests were local government , the Volunteer movement and, above all, local history and archaeology . His published work includes ‘ Notes on the granges of Margam Abbey ’ (reprinted from the Journal of the British Archaeological Association , 1903 ); ‘ The hermitage of Theodoric and the site of Pendar ’ (in Arch. Camb. , 1903 ); and The Buried City of Kenfig ( London , 1909 ). He d. 9 July 1924 , and was buried at the chapel-of-ease at Tai-bach .

Sources:

  • South Wales News , 1770 , 10 July 1924 ;
  • Cardiff Manuscript 4882;
  • inscription on family vault at Tai-bach;
  • 1851 census returns at P.R.O.

Author:

Thomas James Hopkins, (1919-87), Cardiff

Published date: 1959