Arthur Osmond Williams

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Note on the name[edit source]

There are references to this person under two spellings: Arthur Osmond Williams and Arthur Osmund Williams. It is believed to be one and the same person.

There is also a similarly named person living at Coed Mor, near Barmouth who championed and sponsored Quarrymans trains in 1880–1881.[1] Again, this is believed to be the same person.

ARTHUR OSMOND WILLIAMS (1849-03-17 – 1927-01-27), 1st baronet, was the second son of David Williams of Castle Deudraeth, a onetime MP for Merioneth, and Anne Louisa Loveday Williams. Other sources say he was the eldest son but census records show that to be untrue although he did later inherit his father's estate so presumably his elder brother did not survive his father. Born at Llanfihangel-y-Traethau, Merionethshire, he was educated at Eton, a Justice of the Peace and Deputy-Lieutenant for Caernarvonshire. He became Liberal Member of Parliament for Merioneth, 1900-10. He was also the Chairman of Quarter Ssessions for Merioneth, Constable of Harlech Castle, Lord-Lieutenant of Merioneth, 1909–1927, and created a baronet in 1909. He died in Australia.

Though not stated, it is presumed that it is he who owned the Sandpit behind the Old Loco shed, where a siding was put in, in July 1919.[2]

He married Frances Evelyn Greaves on 3 August 1880. She died on 10 August 1926.

They had six children

  • David Osmond Williams b. 6 Feb 1882
  • Captain Osmond Trahairn Deudraeth Williams+ b. 26 Feb 1883, d. 30 Sep 1915
  • Evelyn Olwen Williams b. 24 May 1884
  • Lawrence Trevor Greaves Williams b. 26 Aug 1885
  • Annie Salizma Loveday Williams b. 14 Nov 1891
  • Ellen Dolga Dormie Williams b. 14 Nov 1891

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References[edit source]

  1. ^ Boyd, James I.C. (1975) [1959]. The Festiniog Railway 1800 - 1974; Vol. 1 - History and Route. Blandford: The Oakwood Press. p. 193. ISBN 0-8536-1167-X. OCLC 2074549.
  2. ^ Boyd, James I.C. (1975) [1959]. The Festiniog Railway 1800 - 1974; Vol. 2 Locomotive and Rolling Stock and Quarry Feeders. Blandford: The Oakwood Press. p. 480. ISBN 085361-168-8.