Llewelyn Turner

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Sir Llewelyn Turner was Chairman of the Board of the NWNGR at the time of the prospectus in January 1873, but remained a Director when he passed the Chairmanship to James C. Russell in 1879. He was still a Director when he died in September 1903.

Sir Llewelyn Turner born 1823-02-11, died 1903-09-18, was a Welsh politician and Deputy Constable of Caernarvon Castle.

He was born at Parkia, Caernarvon, the son of William Turner of Parkia, who had been High Sheriff of both Caernarvonshire (1823-24) and Merionethshire (1832-33). He was educated privately by Rev H. D. Owen, DD. He resided at Parkia, which stood to the south of the present A487 on the northern approach to Caernarvon; he retained the anglicised spelling with a k to distinguish his property from the separate Parciau farm, further north on the same road.

He served eleven consecutive years as Mayor of Caernarvon from 1859 to 1870, and was Deputy Constable of Caernarvon Castle. He led numerous initiatives for the improvement of public health in the town, and is regarded as the main figure responsible for arresting the decay and possible demolition of the Castle. The clearing of many slum dwellings from the town walls was done at his initiative. The main record of his acts as Mayor and in the services and judiciary is his memoirs published in the year of his death, which may be somewhat partisan.

Commodore of the Royal Welsh Yacht Club, in 1860 he received the thanks of the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty and of the Officers commanding the West Coast of England and Wales, for his exertions in promoting and keeping up the Royal Naval Reserve Forces of the Royal Navy.

Knighted in 1870, he was appointed High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire in 1886-87, forty three years after his father had held the same post.

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NOTE Boyd, and main wikipedia spell his name Llewellyn. By his own hand he spelt it Llewelyn, and this version is used here

  • Debrett's Baronetage with Knightage, 1876, London: Dean & Sons, 1876
  • The Memories Of Sir Llewelyn Turner: Memories Serious And Light Of The Irish Rebellion Of 1798, Welsh Judicature And English Judges, Admirals And Sea-Fights, Municipal Work And Notable Persons In North Wales, Strange Crimes And Great Events, ed. J.E. Vincent, London: Isbister, 1903

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