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GIBSON , Sir JOHN ( 1841 - 1915 ), journalist ;

b. 14 Feb. 1841 , son of a Lancaster hatter . He joined the Oswestry Advertiser as a printer about 1863 and began to write for that paper. After gaining experience as a journalist in Wales and the border counties, he was invited in Sept. 1873 to manage and edit the Cambrian News at Aberystwyth . In 1880 some of his friends purchased that newspaper for him. Under his supervision and through his vigorous personality and fearless independent views on local and national affairs, the Cambrian News became one of the most influential weekly newspapers in Wales . He was the author of Agriculture in Wales , 1879 , and Emancipation of Women . He was knighted in 1915 and d. on 16 July the same year.


  • The Cambrian News , 8 Jan., 23 July 1915 ;
  • Thomas Jones , Leeks and Daffodils (1942) , 13-14 — ‘every public man in the counties of Cardigan and Merioneth lived in fear of being dipped in his inkpot.’


Dr Bertie George Charles, Ph.D., (1908-2000), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959