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Papers of the late Rev. Canon Ellis Davies.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ellis Davies (1872-1962), the priest and antiquarian, was born on 22 September 1872 at Nannerch, Flintshire, the son of Ellis Davies, a gardener.

The family soon moved to Llaniestyn, Gywnedd. He was educated at Botwnnog Grammar School and in 1892 he gained an entrance exhibition to St. David's College, Lampeter, where he won prizes each year. After graduating in 1895 he was ordained and served as curate at Llansilin, Powys and then at Old Colwyn, Conwy and St. Giles, Oxford.

Whilst at Oxford he graduated B.A. (1907) from Worcester College and took his M.A. in 1911. He also acted as chaplain to Jesus College and Radcliffe Infirmary. In 1909 he was appointed vicar of Llanddoged, Conwy and rector of Whitford, Flintshire in 1913, where he remained until his retirement in 1951. In recognition of his long and dedicated service to the Church he held a Canonry at St. Asaph, 1937-46, and was Chancellor of the Diocese, 1944-47. Although he composed several hymn-tunes and chants he became more widely known in the field of archaeology.

In 1913 he became a member of the Cambrian Archaeological Association and the same year he won a prize at the National Eisteddfod at Abergavenny for a handbook on British and Roman remains in Denbighshire which was published after further research in 1929 as Prehistoric and Roman Remains of Denbighshire. He also won a prize at the National Eisteddfod at Corwen in 1919 for an essay on the place-names of Merionethshire. In 1956 the G.T. Clark Prize for research into Celtic history was awarded to him for his book Prehistoric and Roman Remains of Flintshire (1949). He was also author of Llyfr y Proffwyd Hosea (1920), Flintshire Place-Names (1959) and numerous articles in Yr Haul, Y Llan, Dictionary of Welsh Biography and various historical journals. He served as joint editor of Archaeologia Cambrensis for 15 years from 1925 and later as sole editor (1940-48). In 1929 he was elected F.S.A. and in 1959 the University of Wales conferred on him an honorary D.Litt.

He married Mary Louisa (died 27 May 1937), daughter of the Rev. David Davies, Llansilin. He died 3 April 1962 at Bryn Derwen, Caerwys, Flints and was survived by 3 sons and 3 daughters.


Arranged into the following: Manuscript Volumes etc.; Historical Notes - Flintshire; Notebooks; Historical Notes - Denbighshire; Miscellaneous Notes; Sale Catalogues; and Miscellanous.

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Compiled by Steven Davies of Flintshire Record Office. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Ellis Davies MSS Catalogue.

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