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WILLIAMS , GRIFFITH JOHN ( 1854 - 1933 ), schoolmaster, geologist, and antiquary ;

b. 16 Dec. 1854 , at Hên Dŷ Capel , Rhiwbryfdir , Blaenau Ffestiniog (not at Tanygrisiau as stated by J. Lloyd Williams — see below), one of the five children of John Williams , Rhiwbryfdir (brother to Griffith Williams , 1824 - 1881 , q.v. ), and his wife. After leaving school G. J. Williams worked as a quarryman in Chwarel Holland (part of the Oakeley quarry ), Blaenau Ffestiniog . Afterwards he went to Bangor Normal College ; he taught at Corwen ( 1876 ) and Tanygrisiau as assistant master , as headmaster at the British school , Blaenau Ffestiniog , eventually (in 1883 ) becoming headmaster of the Higher Grade school , Blaenau Ffestiniog .

G. J. Williams became well-known in North Wales as a geologist . In 1895 he was appointed assistant inspector of mines (under C. Le Neve Foster ) in North Wales and Ireland . In 1891 he published articles on the Manod and Moelwyn mountains; these were rewarded by a grant out of the Murchison Fund of the Geological Society . He was also a talented musician and had some gift as a poet . He m., May 1881 , Mary Helena (d. 1916 ), daughter of Daniel Howell , Gellidywyll Mills , Llanbryn-mair ; there were seven children of the marriage. His Hanes Plwyf Ffestiniog was published in 1882 . He d. 3 Feb. 1933 , and was buried in Glanadda cemetery , Bangor .


  • Sir Wynn P. Wheldon , in The Welsh Outlook Monthly Journal of National Social Progress , April 1933 ;
  • J. Lloyd Williams , in Y Traethodydd , Jan. 1941 .


John William Jones, (1884-1954), Blaenau Ffestiniog

Published date: 1959