He spent two years with the Imperial Tobacco Co. and then three years in the army ( 1915-1918 ), when he was seriously wounded and discharged with the honorary title of captain . After farming in Herefordshire till 1924 , he moved to Rockfield Park , Monmouth , where he lived for the rest of his life. He was high sheriff of Mon. in 1933 ; a member of Mon. county council for many years, president of Mon. Council for Rural Communities ; justice of the peace ; and active in many other spheres in the county. But he was more interested in the national institutions of Wales . He served as chairman of the Council for Social Services for Wales , as vice-commissioner of the St. John's Ambulance in Wales , and as a member of the court of the University of Wales . His service and generosity to both the National Library and National Museum of Wales were very remarkable. He was treasurer of the National Library of Wales and its vice-president when he died. He was president of the National Museum and the main instigator in establishing the department of Rural Life ( 1936 ) which led to the creation of the National Folk Museum ( 1947 ) (now Museum of Welsh Life ) at St. Fagans . He made very many gifts to the Library and the Museum; he also worked hard and successfully to raise the levels of salaries in both establishments. In his last years he represented the Museum and the Library on the Standing Commission for British Museums and Art Galleries . In 1937 he was awarded an O.B.E. and knighted (K.B.E.) in 1939 . He served as Deputy Lieutenant of Monmouthshire , was a F.S.A. and received an honorary LL.D. of the University of Wales in 1947 . Among his publications are Men of Monmouthshire ( 1933 ); (with Averil Edwards ) Women of Wales ( 1935 ); Welsh life in the eighteenth century ( 1939 ); (with Herbert Lloyd-Johnes ) Welsh furniture: an introduction ( 1950 ). He d. 8 Jan. 1953 .
Iorwerth Cyfeiliog Peate, D.Sc., F.S.A., D.Litt., (1901-82), St Fagans / Llandaf
Published date: 2001