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DAVIES , EVAN ( 1826 - 1872 ), educationist ;

b. 26 June 1826 at Gelli , Llan-y-crwys, Carms. , son of Timothy Davies , educated at Ffrwd-y-fâl by William Davies ( 1805 - 1859 ) (q.v.) , and afterwards at Bristol , was destined for the Independent ministry and in 1842 was Dr. Williams scholar at Glasgow , where he graduated (much later, in 1858 , he took his LL.D. ). His college career coincided with the inception of the Nonconformist ‘Voluntary’ school movement in South Wales , led by David Rees ( 1801 - 1869 ) (q.v.) , of Llanelly ; and the supporters of that movement, at a series of conferences held in 1845 , decided to set up a training college for teachers at Brecon ( 1846 ), of which Evan Davies (after a period of training at Borough Road ) was appointed principal . In 1849 the college was removed to Swansea , but the collapse of the Voluntaryist movement and the resulting financial stringency brought it for the time being to an end ( 1851 )-in later years, it was to become the Swansea Training College for women teachers . Davies continued the institution as a private venture school till 1867 , when he handed it over to Dan Isaac Davies (q.v.) and turned to the law, eventually becoming partner in a legal firm . He was also a musician of some note. He d. 22 Aug. 1872 .


  • Y Diwygiwr , 1872 , 286, and
  • Y Cerddor , July 1893 , for dates of birth and death;
  • the Welsh periodicals from 1849 to 1851 provide material for the history of the Voluntaryist movement.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959