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JAMES , JENKIN ( 1875 - 1949 ), first secretary of the University of Wales Council, and author ;

b. 28 Dec. 1875 , in the parish of Llannarth, Cards. As a student of the University College of Wales , Aberystwyth , he obtained the B.A. degree of the University of London in 1895 , and proceeded to the degree of M.A. of the same university in 1900 . From 1897 to 1899 he taught at Beaumaris grammar school , and from 1900 to 1904 at Barry intermediate school . In 1904 he became clerk of the Cardiganshire education committee and director of education in 1908 , a post which he held until 1920 when he was appointed director of education for the county borough of Barnsley . He was awarded the O.B.E. in 1920 . In 1921 he became secretary of the University of Wales Council a post which he held until his retirement in 1945 .

As secretary he was deeply involved in the establishment and the development of the University Press Board and the Board of Celtic Studies . The University of Wales conferred the degree of LL.D. honoris causa , upon him in 1946 . He edited two small volumes of an anthology of the poems of Cardiganshire poets for the use of school children under the title of Gemau Ceredigion , 1914-15 , and these were reissued as one volume in 1930 . He was a devoted Sunday School teacher and compiled scriptural handbooks , such as Gwerslyfr ar Hanes yr Iesu ( 1918 ) and Llawlyfr ar y rhan gyntaf o Actau'r Apostolion ( 1920 ), and a number of articles and pamphlets. He was a member of the Cardiff panel which was responsible for the University of Wales translation of parts of the New Testament in the 1930s . He d. 31 Oct. 1949 at Heath Park Avenue , Cardiff and was buried in Aberystwyth .


  • Who's who in Wales (1921) ;
  • Western Mail , 2 Nov. 1949 ;
  • Y Goleuad , 14 Dec. 1949 ;
  • Glyn Lewis Jones , Llyfryddiaeth Ceredigion, 1600-1964 (Aberystwyth, 1967) .


Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001