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EVANS , ERNEST ( 1885 - 1965 ), county court judge, M.P. ;

b. at Aberystwyth, Cards. , 17 May 1885 , the son of Evan Evans , Clerk to the Cardiganshire County Council , and Annie Davies . Educated at Llandovery College ; University College of Wales , Aberystwyth ( c. 1902-05 ); and Trinity Hall , Cambridge ( LL.B. ), where he was President of the Union in 1909 , Evans was called to the Bar in 1910 and he practised both in London and on the South Wales Circuit . He served with the R.A.S.C. in France during World War I and was promoted to the rank of Captain . From Nov. 1918 to Dec. 1920 , he was a private secretary to David Lloyd George (see below) . In 1921 , M.L. Vaughan Davies , an out-and-out Tory who sat as the Liberal M.P. for Cardiganshire from 1895 , was created a peer, with the title Lord Ystwyth of Tan-y-Bwlch . With Lloyd George 's support, Evans fought the ensuing by-election against William Llewelyn Williams ( DWB , 1085) , the candidate chosen by the traditional liberals in Cardiganshire . He won the seat after a bitter battle which split the Cardiganshire Liberal Party for many years. At the 1922 general election, Evans ' majority fell to 515 after a contest against Rhys Hopkin Morris (see below) , who stood for the Independent Liberals . At the 1923 general election, he lost the seat to Rhys Hopkin Morris in a three-cornered fight, with Lord Lisburne as the Conservative candidate . In 1924 , he won the University of Wales seat in a contest against George M.Ll. Davies (see above) , the Labour candidate , and he held this seat until 1942 . Evans was made a K.C. in 1937 and from 1942 until his retirement in 1957 he held the post of a county court judge . He was a member of the council of N.L.W. and a vice-president of the Hon. Soc. of Cymmr. Evans specialised in agricultural law and he wrote, with Clement Edward Davies (see above) , An epitome of agricultural law ( 1911 ) and, on his own, Elements of the law relating to vendors and purchasers ( 1915 ) and Agricultural and Small Holdings Act .

He m., in 1925 , Constance Anne , daughter of Thomas Lloyd , draper , of Hadley Wood ; at the time, her widowed mother was married to J.T. Lewis of London and Llanarth, Cards. Evans died on 18 Jan. 1965 at his home, Traethgwyn , Ffordd Tymawr , Deganwy, Caerns.

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • The Cambrian News , 22 Jan. 1965 ;
  • The Times , 19 Jan. 1965 .

Author:

Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001