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JONES , DANIEL ANGELL ( 1861 - 1936 ), botanist and authority on ferns and mosses ;

b. 14 July 1861 , in Liverpool . He was a schoolmaster at Machynlleth and Harlech . He acquired specialist knowledge of plants in Merionethshire and Caernarfonshire , and he was an acknowledged expert on British mosses . He won a prize at Blaenau Ffestiniog national eisteddfod , 1898 , for an essay on the plants of Merionethshire . He rediscovered, on Cader Idris , in 1901 , the plant known as hairy greenweed, which was presumed at the time to be extinct. He was one of the early members of the Moss Exchange Club , and when the British Bryological Society was formed he was appointed secretary of that society. Later he became president .

In 1918 he gained a M.Sc. degree of the University of Wales . Afer retiring in 1924 he lived in Cheltenham and Bristol . In 1925 he was elected a member of the Linnaean Society . He wrote ‘ The Flora of Dolgelley and the Neighbourhood ’ as an appendix to T.P. Ellis , The Story of two Parishes, Dolgelley and Llanelltyd ( 1928 ). He d. at Bristol , 6 Oct, 1936 , and his collections of plants was distributed between the British Museum and the National Museum of Wales .


  • The Liverpool Daily Post , 10 June 1960 ;
  • The Merioneth Miscellany (Dolgellau) (Merionethshire Historical and Record Society, 1955);
  • The North Western Naturalist , xi, 374-5.


Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001