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PRICE , JOHN ARTHUR ( 1861 - 1942 ), barrister and journalist ;

b. 20 Nov. 1861 , s. of John Price , Shrewsbury , lawyer , and his wife Amelia Ann . He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Balliol College , Oxford , graduating B.A. in 1881 . He was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1889 , and specialised in ecclesiastical law . He practiced much as a journalist , writing to the Saturday Review , Manchester Guardian and other publications, and was for years on the staff of the Church Times . At Oxford he became acquainted with several other young Welshmen , including the historian John Edward Lloyd (see above) and became a convinced Welsh nationalist until the end of his life. A devout churchman , he pleaded for disestablishment because he believed that it would be better for the church itself. He gave an account of his conversion to Welsh nationalism and his connections with Welsh religious and political life in a series of reminiscences which he contributed to Y Genedl Gymreig in 1925 . His articles on T.E. Ellis and Sir Ellis Griffith in The Welsh Outlook are amongst the best that were written about them. In 1941 , he was appointed chancellor of the bishopric of Bangor . He m. 6 Sept. 1904 , Emily Ann , dau. of Maurice Foster of Egryn Abbey in Ardudwy ; she predeceased him. He d. 3 June 1942 .

Sources:

  • Personal knowledge;
  • J. Arthur Price ‘Atgofion’, Y Genedl Gymreig .

Author:

Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon

Published date: 2001