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FYNES-CLINTON , OSBERT HENRY ( 1869 - 1941 ), Professor of French and Romance Philology at the University College of North Wales, Bangor ;

b. 9 Nov. 1869 , son of the Rev. Osbert Fynes-Clinton , rector of Barlow Moor , Didsbury . A graduate of St. John's College , Oxford , he was elected Taylorian Scholar of the University in Spanish in 1892 . He was French master at King Edward's School , Aston , Birmingham from 1896 to 1904 , when he was appointed Professor of French and Romance Philology at the University College of North Wales , a position which he held until 1937 when he retired and was appointed Professor Emeritus . A brilliant linguist , he devoted his leisure hours to a meticulous study of the Arfon dialect of Welsh , and in 1913 published The Welsh Vocabulary of the Bangor District , which secured for him a place of honour in the history of Welsh linguistics, being the only comprehensive phonetic study of the vocabulary of a Welsh dialect hitherto published. In recognition of his work the University of Wales in 1939 conferred on him the honorary degree of D.Litt. He d. 9 Aug. 1941 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? , 1941-50 ;
  • North Wales Chronicle , 15 and 22 Aug. 1941 .

Author:

Emyr Gwynne Jones, M.A., (1911-72), Bangor

Published date: 2001