In 1924 , Vaughan went to live at Tenby where he wrote his best known work of Welsh interest, viz. The South Wales Squires ( 1926 ); he had previously written a national eisteddfod essay on ‘ The Welsh Jacobites ’ (published in Cymm. Trans. ; 1920 ) and a study of Thomas Johnes of Hafod and his private press ( Cymm. Trans. , two articles, 1911-12 , 1919-20 ; DWB , 441-2); he was also a contributor to West Wales Historical Records , the Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , Western Mail , Welsh Outlook , and some of the better known English Reviews.
Vaughan deserves to be commemorated also for his long years of devoted service ( 1916-48 ) to the National Library of Wales , both as member or chairman of some committees, and for his gifts to that institution. He gave to the Library the Oriental manuscripts collected in India by his great-grandfather, Benjamin Millingchamp ( DWB , 633) ; on Millingchamp and the MSS. see his ‘ Life and Letters of the Venerable Benjamin Millingchamp ’ (now N.L.W. MSS. 13915-6 ) and H. Ethé , N.L.W. Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts ( 1916 ). He was an authority on bookplates , helping to catalogue the Sir Evan Davies Jones collection and cataloguing for the National Library ( 1938 ) the Aneurin Williams collection. During his sojourn in Italy he had collected a large number of Italian books , some of them rare works; this Italian collection is now in the National Library . Just before he d. he wrote (not for publication) ‘ Memoirs of a Literary Bloke ’ (now N.L.W. MS. 14341 ) and ‘ Notes on the Life of Dorothy, Viscountess Lisburne ’ ( N.L.W. MS. 14647 ), a member of a family with which he claimed kinship. He d. 31 July 1948 at Tenby .
Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001