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HORSFALL TURNER , ERNEST RICHMOND ( 1870 - 1936 ), schoolmaster and local historian ;

b. 13 Jan. 1870 at Brighouse, Yorks. , son of Joseph Horsfall Turner , who was also a schoolmaster and local historian . He was educated at his father's school and commenced his career as a teacher at that school. Later he graduated at London University . He taught at Blaenau Ffestiniog and Colwyn Bay before being appointed headmaster at Llanidloes County School in 1895 . He learnt Welsh and then began to take an interest in local history and geography . Among other works he published Wanderings in County Cardigan (n.d.), and The Municipal History of Llanidloes ( 1908 ). These contain his own pen and ink drawings , since he was a skilful illustrator . Later in life, he became also an artist in water-colours . After retiring in 1932 he carried out much research into the history of the Chartist movement in Montgomeryshire and his manuscripts are now at the National Library of Wales . He was elected a member of Llanidloes town council in 1901 , and was twice mayor of the town, 1908 and 1927-28 . In 1897 he m. Annie , daughter of J.N. Crowther ( DWB , 87) , and they had a son who was town clerk at Aberystwyth . His wife d. in 1923 . He d. at Llanidloes , 13 Mar. 1936 , and was buried there.


  • The Montgomeryshire County Times , 18 Mar. 1936 ;
  • Welsh Secondary Schools Review , 1930 ;
  • information from his son.


Edward Ronald Morris, Llanidloes / Llanfyllin

Published date: 2001