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JEFFREYS-JONES , THOMAS IEUAN ( 1909 - 1967 ), scholar, lecturer, and warden of Coleg Harlech ;

b. 27 June 1909 in Rhymney, Mon. , son of David Jones and Myfanwy his wife, daughter of Thomas Twynog Jeffreys (DWB, 430) . He received his elementary education in Ystrad Mynach where his father was schoolmaster . Then he went to Lewis' School , Pengam , and in 1928 to the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire in Cardiff . He graduated in 1931 with first-class honours in Economics and again in 1933 with honours (upper second class) in History. At college he won the Cobden and Gladstone prizes and was awarded a research scholarship to study the agriculture of Wales in the 16th and 17th centuries . In 1936 he obtained an M.A. degree for his thesis, ‘ The enclosure movement in South Wales during the Tudor and early Stuart periods ’, part of which was published in Harlech Studies ( 1938 ). In 1935 he was appointed tutor in Coleg Harlech to lecture on political history and economics . When the college closed in 1940 because of the War he became history master in Lewis' School , Pengam , for a year, before being appointed to the staff of the Extramural Department , Aberystwyth , to take particular responsibility for classes in Carms. In 1948 he was invited back as senior tutor to Coleg Harlech which had re-opened in 1946 , and was elected warden of the college in 1960 . He held a Leverhulme fellowship in 1958 and returned to his main topic of research, namely the history of agriculture in Wales . The fruits of his researches appeared in a number of articles in journals, but in the meantime he had been busy compiling two source-books for the historian, viz. Exchequer Proceedings concerning Wales in Tempore James I ( 1955 ) and Acts of Parliament concerning Wales, 1714-1901 ( 1959 ). Adult education was very dear to him and he developed the educational facilities offered by Coleg Harlech by making it possible for resident students to sit examinations for a diploma of the University of Wales in general studies, initiating a postal course for learners of Welsh , and designing a new block of buildings and securing the necessary finance for it. He was a Justice of the Peace and a member of several public bodies but the two great passions of his life were Welsh history and adult education. He d. 14 Jan. 1967 . He m. Nancy Watkins in 1938 and had one son.


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Professor John Ellis Caerwyn Williams, M.A., B.D., (1912-99), Bangor / Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001