Gethin Davies Memorials

Scope and Content

Comprises memorial material relating to Gethin Davies: 

  • Notes for an appreciation of Gethin Davies by Reverend Thomas Shankland (1896)
  • An article In Memoriam by Thomas Shankland (1896)
  • Addresses of farewell (1870) and of congratulations upon marriage (1889)
  • Outline of his life and career by Gethin Davies (c. 1889)
  • Letters from Gethin Davies to Thomas Shankland over amalgamation of the Baptist Colleges in Wales and removal of the Baptist College from Llangollen to Bangor (1889-1891)
  • Letters of sympathy from Gethin Davies to Thomas Shankland (1896)
  • Material relating to controversy between British and Foreign Bible Society and Cymdeithas Gyfeithiadol y Bedyddwyr (c. 1878)
  • Poetry by Gethin Davies (1882 - 1887)

Administrative / Biographical History

Gethin Davies (1846-1896) baptist preacher, writer and principal of the North Wales Baptist College, Bangor. He was educated at the Havod British School, Glamorgan, where he also served a five year apprenticeship as a pupil teacher. At the age of fifteen he started a young men's improvement class where he taught literacy and bible studies. He began to preach in 1863 and the following year commenced his training in classical scholarship at the Swansea Training College and entered the Bristol Baptist College in 1866. In 1870 he became a tutor in classics and mathematics at the North Wales Baptist College, Llangollen and was its principal from 1883 until 1896. In 1892 the college moved to Bangor following its affiliation with the classics department of the University College of North Wales, established in 1884.

Thomas Shankland (1858-1927) was formerly librarian at the University College of North Wales (now the University of Wales, Bangor), and a Baptist minister at Mold in Flintshire.


Material is arranged according to subject and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

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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: 377

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