John Williams Papers

Scope and Content

Comprises manuscript essay by John Williams, Food of Plants 1842, and a biographical note on his father written by John Williams, junior, 1902.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Williams (1801 - 1859) naturalist and physician was born in Llansanffraid, in the Conwy valley, north Wales. He was educated at Liverpool and apprenticed to his elder brother William, a physician and apothecary at Abergele. He later studied at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin and practiced as a physician in Wales at Corwen and Wrexham. He moved to California in 1849 during the gold rush, where he intended to combine working as a physician with gold prospecting, but he was robbed and suffered ill health and returned to Wrexham in 1853. He is the author of Faunula Grustensis: being an outline of the natural contents of the parish of Llanrwst(1830).


Material is arranged in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Donated to the University of Wales, Bangor by John Williams, junior, vicar of Llanwddyn, Montgomeryshire in 1902.


Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, June 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department, University of Wales, Bangor. Reference number: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 200

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Related Material

Also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor are the Shankland Manuscripts which contain material relating to John Williams. A collection level description is available on the Archives Hub .

The University Library at Bangor holds a copy of Faunula Grustensis: being an outline of the natural contents of the parish of Llanrwst(1830), donated by the author's son in 1902.