WILLIAMS, JAMES (1790-1872), cleric

Name: James Williams
Date of birth: 1790
Date of death: 1872
Child: Louisa Mary Ramsay (née Williams)
Parent: John Williams
Gender: Male
Occupation: cleric
Area of activity: Religion
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

b. in 1790 (christened 26 July), son of John Williams (1740 - 1826) of Treffos, Llansadwrn, Anglesey, rector of Llanddeusant, Llangaffo, and Llanfair-yng-Nghornwy — John Williams was the brother of Thomas Williams (1737 - 1801) of Llanidan, and his wife was one of the Vincent family. James Williams entered Jesus College, Oxford, in 1807; graduated in 1810; was a Fellow of the college, 1813-22; and took his B.D. in 1820. He was curate of Llanfair P. G. and Penmynydd, 1814-21; then succeeded his father in the three parishes which the latter resigned in 1821. He was promoted chancellor of Bangor cathedral in 1851. He died 24 March 1872, and was buried at Llanfair-yng-Nghornwy. James Williams was a ‘squarson’ of the old school, a justice of the peace, very well off, and highly respected. He was interested in agriculture, and contributed notes to John Owen (1808 - 1876) of Tyn-llwyn's book on cattle breeding (1869). He was a zealous and generous supporter of the national eisteddfod which he rarely failed to attend. Moreover, it was he who prepared the way for (Sir) John Rhys — at that time a schoolmaster in Anglesey — to go to Oxford. His daughter, Louisa Mary, m. Sir Andrew Crombie Ramsay (1814 - 1891) the geologist (see D.N.B.) who first gave the name ‘Cambrian’ to one of the earth's strata; Ramsay was buried at Llansadwrn.

He had a brother, JOHN WILLIAMS (1784 - 1876) of Treffos, who went to Eton and Jesus College, Oxford (he did not graduate); he was called to the Bar from Lincoln's Inn in 1809, was receiver-general for North Wales, and for many years was chairman of the Anglesey quarter sessions. One of his grandsons was

Sir RALPH CHAMPNEYS WILLIAMS (1848 - 1927) Politics, Government and Political Movements

who was b. at Aber rectory, 9 March 1848, son of the Rev. Thomas Norris Williams, and was educated at Rossall. His career was romantic. From 1884 to 1906 he held responsible positions in Bechuanaland, South Africa, Gibraltar, and Barbados. In 1906 he was appointed governor of the Windward Islands, and from 1909 to 1913 was governor of Newfoundland. In 1913 he published his interesting autobiography, How I became a Governor. He died 22 June 1927.

[ James Williams and his wife were most active supporters of the Anglesey life-boats; and Williams received a gold medal (1835) for personal bravery in rescue work. See Aled Eames in Trans. Angl. Antiq. Soc., 1957, 20-5.]

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Published date: 1959

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