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DAVIES , ELLIS ( 1872 - 1962 ), priest and antiquarian ;

b. 22 Sept. 1872 , son of Ellis Davies , a gardener at Nannerch, Flints. , but the family soon moved to Llaniestyn, Caerns. He was educated at Botwnnog grammar school , and in 1892 he gained an entrance exhibition to St. David's College , Lampeter , where he won prizes each year. After graduating in 1895 he was ord. and served as curate in Llansilin , and then in Old Colwyn and St. Giles , Oxford . Whilst at Oxford he graduated B.A. ( 1907 ) from Worcester College and took his M.A. in 1911 . He also acted as chaplain to Jesus College and Radcliffe Infirmary . In 1909 he was appointed vicar of Llanddoged, Denbs. , and rector of Whitford, Flints. , in 1913 , where he remained until his retirement in 1951 . In recognition of his long and dedicated service to the Church he held a canonry at St. Asaph , 1937-46 , and was chancellor of the diocese , 1944-47 . Although he composed several hymn-tunes and chants he became more widely known in the field of archaeology . In 1913 he became a member of the Cambrian Archaeological Society and the same year he won a prize at the national eisteddfod at Abergavenny for a handbook on British and Roman remains in Denbighshire which was published in 1929 after further research. He also won a prize at the national eisteddfod at Corwen in 1919 for an essay on the place-names of Merionethshire . In 1956 the G. T. Clark Prize for research into Celtic history was awarded to him for his work on The prehistoric and Roman remains of Flintshire ( 1949 ). He was also author of Llyfr y proffwyd Hosea ( 1920 ), Flintshire Place-names ( 1959 ) and numerous articles in Yr Haul , Y Llan , Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 and historical journals. He served as joint editor of Archaeologia Cambrensis for 15 years from 1925 and later as sole editor ( 1940-48 ). In 1929 he was elected F.S.A. and in 1959 the University of Wales conferred on him an honorary D.Litt .

He m. Mary Louisa (d. 27 May 1937 ), daughter of the Revd. David Davies , Llansilin . He d. 3 Apr. 1962 at Bryn Derwen , Caerwys, Flints. , and was survived by 3 sons and 3 daughters.


  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1962 , 168-9;
  • Y Llan , 13 Apr. 1962 , 7;
  • NLW Microfilm 302, St. David's College students.


Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001