LEWIS, CHARLES PRYTHERCH (1853 - 1923), Welsh Rugby footballer and Oxford ‘triple Blue’

Name: Charles Prytherch Lewis
Date of birth: 1853
Date of death: 1923
Parent: Frederick Lewis
Gender: Male
Occupation: Welsh Rugby footballer and Oxford ‘triple Blue’
Area of activity: Sports and Leisure Pursuits
Author: Moelwyn Idwal Williams

Born 20 August 1853, son of Frederick Lewis, Llwyncelyn, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire. He was educated at Llandovery and Oxford University where he obtained the degree of M.A. Subsequently, Lewis held a mastership for many years at Llandovery, but resigned and later entered the legal profession. ‘C.P.,’ as he was popularly known, was a very prominent figure in the athletic world. Whilst at Oxford he got his ‘triple Blue’ — winning the hurdle race, throwing the hammer, and playing cricket in the Oxford XI. He represented Wales as a full-back in five international matches between 1882 and 1884. Lewis was also a great cricketer, was a member of the M.C.C., and was once picked to play for England against Australia, but he failed to undertake the journey. He was a member of the Llandovery town council from 1889 to 1920 and in 1899 was made an alderman. He was mayor of the borough during 1894-5 and 1904-5. In 1898 he was made J.P. (Carmarthenshire). He died 27 May 1923.


Published date: 1959

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