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EVANS , WALTER JENKIN ( 1856 - 1927 ), principal of Carmarthen Presbyterian College ;

b. 1 April 1856 at Carmarthen , son of Titus Evans (q.v.) and grandson of John Jeremy (q.v.) . He was educated at Parc-y-felfed school , at Carmarthen grammar school where he gained the principal scholarship , at Carmarthen Presbyterian College ( 1870-3 ), Jesus College , Oxford ( B.A. 1878 , M.A. 1880 ) and Manchester College , Oxford ( 1876-8 ), under James Martineau . He discovered that nature had not intended him to be a preacher , and in 1879-84 was a teacher in Brighton and London . In 1884 he was appointed tutor in Latin and Greek at his old college, Carmarthen , and in 1888 became principal there [an appointment which, on theological grounds, aroused considerable controversy among Welsh Unitarians — see Yr Ymofynydd during 1888 ]. He was a scholar and a gentleman, and during his long term of office as principal established close relations between the college and the University of Wales , [and was dean of divinity in the University , 1910-13 ]. His careful researches into Latin poetry were published [ Alliteratio Latina, or Alliteration in Latin Verse … ( London , 1921 ) ], but he will be probably chiefly remembered as the meticulous historian of his denomination . He published articles dealing with the history of Carmarthen Academy in Yr Ymofynnydd [ 1930 ] and in G. Eyre Evans 's ed. of The Lloyd Letters , biographies of Carmarthen Unitarian students in E. Pan Jones 's Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , and essays on the history of Unitarianism in the town of Carmarthen in Christian Life , 1916 . In the N.L.W. there are six substantial manuscript volumes ( N.L.W. MSS. 10325-10330 ), containing the biographies by him, of students of the college, with notes on the history of the denomination. He was a placid scholar , and above all, a teacher ; and all his work is distinguished by a teacher's painstaking care. He d. 10 Feb. 1927 .

Sources:

  • Report of 'Manchester College, Oxford' ;
  • W. D. Jeremy , The Presbyterian Fund and Dr. Williams' Trust (1885) ;
  • Yr Ymofynnydd , 1927 , 93-7;
  • The Unitarian Students at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen … 1796–1901 (1901) , 92;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin (1909) , 130-2.

Author:

Reverend Thomas Oswald Williams, M.A., (1888-1965), Lampeter

Published date: 1959