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IRBY , GEORGE FLORANCE , 6th Baron BOSTON ( 1860 - 1941 ), landowner and scientist ;

b. 6 Sept. 1860 , eldest s. of Florance George Irby , 5th Baron Boston , and Augusta Caroline , dau. of the 3rd Baron de Saumarez . He was educated at Eton and Christ Church , Oxford , where he graduated with 2nd class honours in Modern History in 1882 . From 1885 to 1886 he was lord-in-waiting to Queen Victoria . He had estates in Lincolnshire , Buckinghamshire and a seat at Lligwy , Anglesey . Throughout his life he devoted much of his leisure to branches of natural science, especially astronomy , botany and entomology , and was a Fellow both of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Geological Society of London . As president of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club from its formation in 1912 to within a short time of his death, he took a keen interest in archaeological activities , and did much to facilitate the investigation of the Lligwy Romano-British village . He was also associated with the excavation at Segontium and Conovium ( Caerhun ). For his services to national culture the University of Wales in 1936 conferred on him the honorary degree of LL.D. He d. 16 September 1941 .


  • The Times , 17 Sept. 1941 ;
  • Who's who in Wales (1933) ;
  • Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Court of Governors of the University College of Wales, held at the College, in Aberystwyth (Aberystwyth) , 21 and 22 July 1936 .


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

Published date: 2001