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BARKER , THOMAS WILLIAM ( 1861 - 1912 ), registrar of the diocese of S. Davids .

Born 12 May 1861 at Carmarthen , son of J. H. Barker , a local solicitor , who himself served as clerk of the peace for Carmarthen borough and registrar of the diocese of S. Davids . He was educated at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School , Carmarthen , and at Harrow . Qualifying as a solicitor he became a member of the firm of Barker, Morris, and Barker , with his father as senior partner.

He was appointed secretary to the bishop of S. Davids in June 1897 and registrar of the diocese in Feb. 1899 , a position which he held until his death. In politics he was a Conservative . He was a keen naturalist and antiquary , and took an active part in many local movements — Volunteers , Boy Scouts , Freemasons , etc. He compiled a Handbook to the Natural History of Carmarthenshire , 1905 , and Particulars relating to the endowments, etc., of livings in the diocese of S. Davids . The latter, published in 1907 , appeared in four volumes — one for each archdeaconry in the diocese. In conjunction with Francis Green he compiled lists of Pembrokeshire incumbents, which were published in the Transactions of the West Wales Historical Society , i-vi, 1912-16 . He died [7] July 1912 .


  • Episcopal registers of S. Davids ;
  • The Welshman , 1861 and 1912 .


Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959