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HUDSON-WILLIAMS , THOMAS ( 1873 - 1961 ), scholar and translator ;

b. 4 Feb. 1873 , son of R. Williams , Caernarfon . He was educated at Friars School , Bangor , University College of North Wales , Bangor , and the University of Greifswald . In 1894 he took the degree of the University of London in Classics, French and Celtic , and the D. Lit. , of the same university in 1911 . He was appointed Assistant Lecturer in French and German at University College , Bangor , in 1896 , and transferred to Classics in 1900 . In 1904 he was promoted to the Chair of Greek , which he occupied until his retirement in 1940 .

In Celtic studies he published ‘ Cairdius Aenias ocus Didaine (The love of Aeneas and Dido) ’, a Ballymote MS text which he edited with a translation and notes in Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie , 1898 . His main contributions to Greek scholarship were The Elegies of Theognis ( 1910 ) and Early Greek Elegy ( 1926 ). In the Welsh language he published Groeg y Testament Newydd ( 1927 ) and Y Groegiaid Gynt ( 1932 ). He published two works of comparative linguistics, A Short Introduction to the study of Comparative Grammar ( 1935 ) and A Short Grammar of Old Persian ( 1936 ). Having learnt the Russian language in retirement, he translated some Russian classics into Welsh , Storiau o'r Rwseg ( 1942 ), Carcharor y Cawcasws , Tolstoy ( 1943 ), Cerddi o'r Rwseg ( 1945 ), Merch y Capten , Pushkin ( 1947 ). Two other translations were published posthumously: Pedair drama fer o'r Rwseg ( 1964 ) and Y Tadau a'r Plant , Turgeniev , ( 1964 ). He published an amazing number of translations and articles about foreign literatures in all the main Welsh journals and newspapers. There is a bibliography in the Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , ix, 211-218. He published his reminiscences in Atgofion am Gaernarfon ( 1950 ).

He m. in 1905 Gwladys , daughter of W. Prichard Williams ( DWB , 1086) , and they had a daughter and two sons. He d. 12 Apr. 1961 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • personal knowledge.

Author:

Principal / Sir Thomas Parry, D.Litt., (1904-85), Bangor / Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001