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SALISBURY , ENOCH ROBERT GIBBON ( 1819 - 1890 ), lawyer and bibliophile ; b. 7 Nov. 1819 , eldest son of Joseph Salisbury of Bagillt, Flints. From humble beginnings, he rose (after a period at Liverpool ) to become manager of the Chester gas undertaking, and a prominent man in the public life of that city. In 1850 he turned to the law, becoming a member of the Inner Temple ; he was called in 1852 , and built up a flourishing practice at the Parliamentary Bar . For a short period ( 1857-9 ) he was Liberal Member of Parliament for Chester . He collected a very large library of books on Wales and the Marches ; today, the bulk of this collection forms the ‘ Salisbury Library ’ at Cardiff University College , but the University College at Bangor also has a good many books of Salisbury 's. His wife was a daughter of the Independent minister , Arthur Jones (q.v.) of Bangor . Salisbury d. at Saltney , 17 Oct. 1890 . His son, PHILIP SALISBURY (d. early in 1906 ) had an adventurous career, first as a soldier in the Serbian army and afterwards in the service of the Belgians on the Congo .

Bibliography:

  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Author:

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