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ARMSTRONG-JONES , Sir ROBERT ( 1857 - 1943 ), physician and alienist .

Born 2 Dec. 1857 at Ynyscynhaearn, Caerns. , s. of Thomas Jones , minister (Congl.) , Eisteddfa , Cricieth , and Jane Elizabeth , dau. of Robert Jones , of the same place.

Educated at Porthmadog grammar school , Grove Park school , Wrexham , U.C.N.W. , Bangor , and St. Bartholomew's Hospital , he became M.D. (Lond.) , 1885 , F.R.C.S. (Eng.) , 1886 , and F.R.C.P. (Lond.) , 1908 . He specialised in mental diseases and was junior medical officer at the Royal Earlswood Institution , 1880-82 , and Colney Hatch , 1882-88 ; resident physician and superintendent of Earlswood Asylum , 1888-93 and of the London County Council Asylum , Claybury , 1893-1916 . He made a name for Claybury by developing modern methods of treating mental diseases . He was lecturer in mental diseases at St. Bartholomew's Hospital , consulting physician in mental diseases to the military forces , London and Aldershot commands, and Lord Chancellor's Visitor in Lunacy . He served as temporary Lieut. Col. in the R.A.M.C. and was awarded the C.B.E. (Military division) in 1919 . He was knighted in 1917 . He assumed the additional surname of Armstrong in 1913 . He was a J.P. and Dep. Lieut. of London and Caernarfonshire , and a member of the council and vice-president of the Hon. Soc. of Cymmrodorion .

He married in 1893 , Margaret Elizabeth (d. May 1943 ), elder dau. of Sir Owen Roberts , London , and Plas Dinas , Caernarfon , and they had one s. ( Ronald Owen Lloyd Armstrong-Jones whose son, Lord Snowdon , married Princess Margaret , sister of Queen Elizabeth II ), and two dau. He d. 31 Jan. 1943 .


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Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon

Published date: 2001