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INNES , JOHN ( 1853? - 1923 ), accountant and antiquary ;

was b. at Campbelltown , Argyleshire . His father, Robert Vertue Innes , was appointed collector of the South Wales District of Customs at Llanelly, Carms. , and played a prominent part in the foundation of a higher grade school in the town c. 1863 . Innes was an accountant in the service of Messrs. Nevill Druce at Llanelly . On 9 Aug. 1883 , at All Saints church , Llanelly , he m. Alice Ann Mary , only child of the Alfred C. G. Rees of Oystermouth , and between 1884 and 1887 three sons were born to them. In July 1913 , for health reasons, he removed to Whitchurch , near Tavistock , Devon , where he d. 7 May 1923 , aged 70. He was a pioneer of the Mechanics’ Institute which was later taken over by the borough as the Llanelly Public Library . He rendered good service as chairman of the library committee for some years before his departure from the town. After delivering a number of lectures on the local history of the Llanelly district, he was persuaded to expand them into book form; and in 1902 , with the co-operation of Arthur Mee , Innes published his Old Llanelly , a work of considerable literary merit containing interesting anecdotes and lighter touches as well as historical facts. Innes was also interested in photography and geology and possessed a fine collection of fossils obtained from local mines and quarries . ( See the preceding article. )


  • South Wales Press , especially 14 Aug. 1883 , June-July 1913 , and 9 May 1923 ;
  • Llanelly and County Guardian , 10 May 1923 ;
  • Records of the Church in Wales at N.L.W.


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

Published date: 1959