Dictionary of Welsh Biography


A new website has been created for The Dictionary of Welsh Biography. It will be launched at the beginning of November 2018 and will include new content, functions and design. Head over to biography.wales now to see what's new!

This website will eventually be replaced by biography.wales. In the meantime, we would like to hear from our users so you're welcome to send us any questions or feedback that you may have.

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z



REES , JOHN CONWAY ( 1870 - 1932 ), Rugby footballer ;

b. 13 Jan. 1870 , he was the son of Thomas Rees , Cloth Hall , Llandovery . He was educated at Llandovery College and Jesus College , Oxford ; he graduated in 1894 . Later he taught at Sherborne , Rossall , and Giggleswick schools. He was the first Welshman to captain the Oxford Rugby Club , and it was he who introduced the four three-quarter game — he himself played at centre-three-quarter . He played for many prominent clubs; Cardiff , the Barbarians , the ‘ London Welsh ’, Richmond , Blackheath , and, for four years, with Llanelly . He played on three occasions for Wales ( 1892-4 ) and he was a member of the first Welsh team to win the ‘ Triple Crown ’. He spent the last thirty years of his life as a master and headmaster in the north west provinces of India ; he d. 30 Aug. 1932 .

Sources:

  • Cardiff Rugby Football Club History , 121;
  • The Times 3 Sept. 1932 ;
  • The Weekly Mail , 3 Sept. 1932 ;
  • Carmarthen Journal , 9 Sept. 1932

Author:

Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959