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DAVIES , JOHN LLEWELYN ( 1826 - 1916 ; DWB , 135 under John Davies , 1795 - 1861 ).

He was one of the 31 founding members of the Alpine Club and one of the most successful of the early climbers of the Alps . With the guide Johann Zumtaugwald and other guides, he was the first to climb the Dom (14,942 ft.), the highest mountain entirely within Switzerland (on 11 Sept. 1858 ) and, in 1862 , the Täsch-horn (14,700 ft.). He ascended the Finsteraarhorn as early as 29 Aug. 1857 . He publised only one article on mountaineering, ‘ An ascent of one of the Mischabel-Hörner, called the Dom ’ ( Peaks, Passes and Glaciers , first series, 1859 ) but Leslie Stephen , one of his pupils and the best writer of his generation on mountains, thought highly of him.

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , 1912-21, 147;
  • A. L. Mumm , The Alpine Club register, 1857-1863 , London, 1923 (1923) , 85-7;
  • Alpine Journal , XXX, 324-30.

Author:

Dr Ioan Bowen Rees, (1929-99), Bangor

Corrections and additions:

DAVIES , JOHN ( 1795 - 1861 ), cleric and philosopher ;

b. Dec. 1795 at Llanddewi-brefi , son of John and Jane Davies of Hendre Phylip — a wealthy family; pupil of Eliezer Williams (q.v.) at Lampeter ; proceeded to Queens’ College , Cambridge , 1820 ( B.D. 1831 , D.D. 1844 ). He was ordained at Norwich , becoming rector of S. Pancras , Chichester , and in 1840 , of Gateshead , Durham , and master of King James's Hospital , Durham ; in 1853 he became honorary canon of Durham cathedral ; he retired in 1860 and d. 21 Oct. 1861 at Ilkeley Wells, Yorks.

Davies was a prolific author , his best-known works being ( a ) Essay on the Old and New Testaments , 1843 ; ( b ) The Ordinances of Religion ; ( c ) First Impressions — a description of Swiss and French Scenery ; ( d ) The Cultivation of the Mind ; and, his greatest and most important, ( e ) The Estimate of the Human Mind , 1828 , 2nd ed., 1847 .

Two of his children deserve mention: JOHN ( 1826 - 1916 ) , Fellow of Trinity College , Cambridge , Hulsean Lecturer , Cambridge , Lady Margaret Preacher at Oxford , chaplain to Queen Victoria , an advocate of higher education of women , and an associate of Frederick Denison Maurice ; he was joint author (with D. J. Vaughan ) of a well-known translation of The Republic of Plato ; and SARAH ( 1830 - 1921 ), an early advocate of the higher education of women and founder of what later became Girton College , Cambridge .

Sources:

  • Alumni Cantabrigienses ;
  • NLW MS 9252;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , 1912-21 .

Author:

Chancellor John Williams James, D.D., Aber, Bangor

Published date: 2001