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OWEN , WILLIAM DAVID ( 1874 - 1925 ), lawyer and journalist ;

b. 21 Oct. 1874 at Tŷ Franan , Bodedern , Anglesey , son of William and Jane Owen . He became pupil-teacher at the village school, and afterwards (under L. D. Jones , q.v. ) at Garth , Bangor , and passed through Bangor Normal College . For some time he was a school teacher , but afterwards became a journalist . He was subsequently called to the Bar , but ultimately returned to Anglesey to practise as a solicitor at Rhosneigr and Llangefni ; he d. at Rhosneigr 4 Nov. 1925 , and was buried 7 Nov. at Gwalchmai . He had m. Gwendoline Empsell , who was editor of a women's journal . Owen 's claim to inclusion in this work is his authorship of the remarkably vivid and popular romance Madam Wen ( Wrexham , 1925 ).


  • Particulars obtained from his sister, Miss Sarah Owen , Rhosneigr, by Mr. Hugh Jenkins , Rhos-on-Sea.


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

Published date: 1959