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DAVIES , DAVID CHRISTOPHER ( 1827 - 1885 ), geologist and mining engineer ;

b. at Oswestry , he was apprenticed to a local ironmonger , became interested in the rocks of the district, and joined the Oswestry Naturalists’ Field Club . In 1852 he set up as a mining engineer , a career which he followed for many years with considerable success, especially in North Wales but also in France , Germany , and Norway .

He published a Guide to Llangollen and its vicinity in which an attempt was made to explain geologically-interesting features of the area; it reached a 3rd edition in 1864 . He made several important contributions to our knowledge of the geology of North Wales in papers published in the Geological Magazine , the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society , the Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association , and wrote articles for the British Architect and the British Quarterly . He also gained prizes for several eisteddfod essays, including accounts of ‘ The metalliferous deposits of Denbighshire and Flintshire ’ ( Caernarvon , 1880 ) and ‘ The Fisheries of Wales ’ ( Liverpool , 1884 ). His books on economic geology include A Treatise on Slate and Slate Quarrying in North Wales , 1878 and 1880 , A Treatise on Metalliferous Minerals and Mining , 1880 , and A Treatise on Earth Minerals and Mining , 1884 , and he left in manuscript an unfinished treatise on the geology of North Wales . In addition to those activities he found time to serve as a lay preacher and published a volume of sermons, The Christ for all the Ages . He d. whilst returning from a business visit to Norway , 19 Sept. 1885 .


  • Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London , xlii, 1886 , 43.


Frederick John North, O.B.E., D.Sc., F.G.S., F.S.A., F.M.A., (1889-1968), Cardiff

Published date: 1959