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DAVIES , WILLIAM ( 1756 - 1823 ), compiler of an unpublished history of Glamorgan ;

b. in 1756 , he spent most of his time at Cringell , Llantwit-juxta-Neath , dying 21 March 1823 . Davies accumulated much material for his projected history of Glamorgan . In 1803 and 1810 he circulated proposals for publishing this history; from the 1810 prospectus it is clear that he intended to issue three quarto volumes at two guineas per volume. That his manuscript never reached finality, but remained in the form of ‘collectanea’ dispersed all over Glamorgan , is clear from an examination of those portions of it which survive among the G. T. Clark (q.v.) and Traherne-Mansel-Franklen MSS. in the National Library of Wales . A memorial tablet to him was unveiled in the Neath public library in March 1923 . The historian knew Edward Williams ( Iolo Morganwg , 1747 - 1826 , q.v. ), some of whose Glamorgan notes are among the Cringell MSS. He translated a few Welsh poems into English and Latin , and was a contributor to The Gentleman's Magazine and The Cambrian , the newspaper published in Swansea . [ See also under Isaac , David Lloyd .]


  • Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , ii, 1-44;
  • various publications by J. M. Traherne ;
  • Western Mail , 10 March 1923 ;
  • NLW MSS 5209-15, 5231-4, 6598, 6606-15 — 6614 containing his pedigree.


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959