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DAVIES , JOHN ( 1868 - 1940 ), author

of Bywyd a Gwaith Moses Williams , b. at Betws (near Abergele ), 23 Oct. 1868 , and first cousin to John Evans of Eglwys-bach ( 1840 - 1897 ) (q.v.) , was educated at Liverpool Institute and spent many years in the clerical service of the G.W.R. at Newport , Cardiff , and Bridgwater . He retired to Cardiff , d. there 15 March 1940 , and was buried at Llanishen . Throughout his life he was a voracious reader and a great book-buyer ; he wrote well in Yr Eurgrawn , Y Drysorfa , and other periodicals, and won prizes for essays at the national eisteddfod in 1930 , 1931 , and 1939 . He was warmly patriotic, and one of the effects of his exile at Bridgwater was an interest in the career of another Welshman who once lived there, Moses Williams ( 1685 - 1742 ) (q.v.) . This curiosity led him to diligent research; after his retirement he travelled widely to examine manuscripts and to collect materials for a substantial work on Moses Williams . The work was published in 1937 by the University of Wales Press , but on a much smaller scale than its author had contemplated (see Arch. Camb. , June 1938 , 152-4).


  • Baner ac Amserau Cymru , 27 March 1940 (by Iorwerth C. Peate );
  • personal acquaintance.


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

Published date: 1959