LOWE, WALTER BEZANT (1854 - 1928), antiquary

Name: Walter Bezant Lowe
Date of birth: 1854
Date of death: 1928
Gender: Male
Occupation: antiquary
Area of activity: History and Culture
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

Born at Islington, 3 January 1854. He went to Rugby (becoming head boy) and S. John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1877 with a First (1876) in science, chiefly chemistry. From 1877 till 1879 he was on the Britannia as one of the tutors of the future king George V and his elder brother; later, he had a private school at Fareham. In 1904 he retired to Cae'r Carw, Llanfairfechan, where he developed a keen interest in the antiquities of Gwynedd; he was one of the early members of the Llandudno Field Club and for many years edited its Proceedings; he was also a member of the Cambrian Archaeological Association, and contributed articles, e.g. ‘The Price Families of Plas Iolyn and Gilar’ (1912) to Archæologia Cambrensis Better known than these are his books, published at his own expense, and especially The Heart of Northern Wales, which originally (1911) was intended to be mainly a revised edition of the History of Aberconwy by Robert Williams (1810 - 1881), but was expanded into a two-volume book (1912 and 1927) of much wider compass. Besides this work, Lowe published (1906) a reprint of John Wynn of Gwydir's Survey of Penmaenmawr; Abbeys and Convents of the Vale of Conway (with Thomas Elias, 1912); Llansannan (1915); and several guidebooks and maps. His health broke down, and in 1926 he moved to Bangor, where he died 7 May 1928.

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Published date: 1959

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