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EVANS, PETER MAELOR (1817 - 1878), publisher

Name: Peter Maelor Evans
Date of birth: 1817
Date of death: 1878
Spouse: M. Evans (née Kerfoot)
Parent: Thomas Evans
Gender: Male
Occupation: publisher
Area of activity: Printing and Publishing
Author: Walter Thomas Morgan

Born 10 April 1817, near Adwy'r Clawdd, Denbighshire, where his father, Thomas Evans, was a schoolmaster till he forsook teaching to manage lead mines. He received his early education at his father's school and afterwards at a day school in Mold and at Ruthin Grammar School, where he had a thorough grounding in the classics. He was intended for the law, but decided on printing as a career. He became a partner in the firm of Lloyd and Evans (see John Lloyd,, fl 1829-59), publishers and printers, of Mold and Holywell, later of Holywell only, and when John Lloyd retired from the firm on his departure to Liverpool to publish Yr Amserau in 1848, Peter Maelor Evans became the sole proprietor. In 1848 he married M. Kerfoot, third daughter of James Kerfoot of Vaenol Fawr, near Abergele, by whom he had four sons and one daughter. Many notable works appeared from his press including the Welsh commentary by James Hughes (1779 - 1844) on the Old Testament. He commenced publishing Y Drysorfa in 1854, Y Traethodydd in 1855, and Trysorfa'r Plant in 1860. At the Mold eisteddfod in 1873 he won a prize for the best produced Welsh book, a volume of the sermons of Henry Rees. He was an enthusiastic Liberal in politics and played a prominent part in the public life of Holywell. He served on the board of guardians and was chairman of the local board. He met his death through an accident while attending the General Assembly of the Calvinistic Methodists at Aberystwyth, 29 May 1878.


Published date: 1959

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