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TURNER , SHARON ( 1768 - 1847 ), solicitor and historian ;

b. in London 24 Sept. 1768 and d. there 13 Feb. 1847 . His career and work are fully discussed in D.N.B. His chief work was his History of England … to the Norman Conquest , 1799-1805 . In the course of this book (which broke new ground in this subject) he made use of the ancient poetry of Britain , for which he was criticised by those who disputed the genuineness of the poems. He replied, in 1803 , by publishing A Vindication of the Genuineness of the Ancient British Poems of Aneurin, Taliesin, Llywarch Hen, and Merdhin, with Specimens of the Poems . He was the first to discuss their antiquity, demonstrating the ignorance of the sceptics; see John Morris-Jones , Taliesin (= Cymm ., xxviii). His letters to William Owen Pughe ( DWB , 815-6) are in the National Library of Wales ( NLW MSS. 13222-4 ); he also corresponded with John Hughes of Brecon ( 1776 - 1843 ; DWB , 381) , praising the work of the latter.


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Dr Enid Pierce Roberts, M.A., D.Litt., Bangor

Published date: 2001