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SILAS EVANS (1864-1953):
|Left: the photograph of Silas Evans at the start of the 1923 edition of Seryddiaeth a seryddwyr.|
An entry appeared in the first edition of the book Who's Who in Wales in 1920, edited by fellow astronomer Arthur Mee. It reads,
EVANS, Rev. J. Silas, B.A.(Lamp.); Ordained 1888; V. since 1909 Llanrhaiadr-yn-Mochnant, Oswestry; member Welsh Church Gov. Body; Proctor, Convocation
No entry appeared in the two later editions of Who's Who in Wales, which were published after Arthur Mee's death (the new editor did not share Mee's enthusiasm for science and gave emphasis to boring establishment figures).
An account of Silas Evans appeared in the Official Handbook of the Church in Wales, 1939 (published by the Church in Wales, 1939). The section containing biographies of clergy gives (on page 483):
EVANS, John Silas, "Belair", Cambridge Terrace, Queen's Road, Aberystwyth.
b 1864. Phil. and Traherne Sch. S.D.C. Lampeter. B.A. 1885. d 1887 St. A., p 1888 Ban. for St. A. C. of Dysserth 1887-90; Rhosddu 1890-95; V. of St. Asaph and Vic. Ch. of St. Asaph Cath. 1895-1901; V. of Cyffylliog 1901-9; Llanrhaiadr-ym- Mochnant 1909 and Llanarmon Mynydd Mawr 1909-38; Proc. in Con. of Cant. 1917-20. F.R.A.S. 1923; Hon. Can. of St. Asaph Cathl. 1928-38; Canon Emeritus 1938. Surr. Author, "Seryddiaeth a Seryddwyr," "Ad Astra," "Marvels of the Sky." [A37/62.]
The explanation of abbreviations gives: S.D.C. = Saint David's College; B.A. = Batchelor of Arts; Ban. = Bangor; d. = Deacon; St. A. = Saint Asaph; p = priest; C. = Curate; V. = Vicar; Vic. = Victoria; ch. = charge; Proc. = proctor; Cant. = Canterbury; Surr. = Surrogate; Can. = Canon.
[Examined in the Gwynedd Archives, Caernarfon.]
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