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- Death and Burial OF Sir…


Death and Burial OF Sir Grifflfb Evans, K.C.I.E. A Distinguished Welsh Jurist. MEMORIAL TRIBUTES. We regret to have to chronicle the death of Sir Griffith Evans, of Lovesgrove, which took place, after a protracted illness, at his residence on Thurs- day evening last. The deceased Knight returned from India last year, and bad since sojourned at various resorts in seek of health. He had only returne home from Bournemouth seven week previous to his death. While at home he was attended by Dr Harries, Aberystwyth, and while away be had the benefit of the advice of some of the best of the profession; but despite all, medical skill was of no avail,and he peacefully passed away on the above-mentioned day. The news of the death was received throughout the district with profound sorrow and regret, and the deepest sym- pathy is expressed on all hands with Lady Evans and family in their bereavement over a loss which is irreparable. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Sir Griffith Humphrey Pngh Evans, K.C.I.E., Jasfcice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for the ilounty of Cardigan, was born on the 13th day of January, 1840, and was the third son of the late < John Evans, of Lovesgrove, Esquire, and a brother of Mr Lewis Pugh Pugh, formerly M.P. for Car- digan. He was educated at Bradfield College, and was a scholar of Lincoln College, Oxford, and an M.A. of Oxford University. On leaving Oxford he studied medicine in London for some years, but inding this pursuit not to his liking, took to the study of Law, was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1867, and in the same year went out to Calcutta and commenced practice there. In 1873 ke married Emilia, daughter of Mr James Hills, of Nee Dinagepore, and sister to Lieut.-General Sir James Hills-Johnes, V.C., K.C.B., G.C.B. It was evident from the first that be had found his vocation, and be almost immediately established a large and successful practice. AbHlt the time of his first arrival in Calcutta, there had been a scheme for a new port to be established at Port banning, at the month of one of the streams of the Kaghli River, and a wild outbreak of speculation ran through the mercantile community of Calcutta, resetting in the failure of several important busi- ness houses Some heavy litigation arose out of this, and in several of these cases Sir Griffith Evans wasretained and made a conspicuous and brilliant hit. In later years he was almost continuously en- gaged in heavy appeal cases. The characteristic feature of his advocacy was as immediate grasp of the salient points of an in- tricate and long case and a faculty of clear and lncid expression of these point*. He could often demolish in three or four hours a case which had taken the other side three or four days to elabo- rate. He used often to say that once he saw the point of a case he would guarantee that be would stake the Court see and understand his point: whether they would agree with it and decide in hie favour was another matter. He gained the con- idence and respect of the Judges before whom he practised, for he never attempted to: mislead the tomrt, and where they decided against him and he advised an appeal to the Privy Council, such appeals were generally successful. During this pressure of business he found time to discharge the datiofs of the office which he held for nearly twenty y-rx, as member of the Viceroy's Legislative Council, and for which his intimate knowledge of satire life and character, derived from his confid- ential relations with the leading members of the native community, both Hindu and Mahommedan, as their trusted adviser, particularly fitted him. In recognition of these public services he was in 1892 treated a Kaight Commander of the Indian Empire. On several occasions he made masterly and statesmanlike speeches at the meetings of the Legislative Council, which attracted attention both is India and England. One notable speech was ia opposition to proposed legislation to allow Xmrapeans to be tried ley native magistrates, which raised almost a rebellion among the European in- habitants in India. Another was delivered in opposition to certain legislative proposals relative to taxation, which the Indian Government at the dictation of the Secretary of State for India, brought forward, contrary to the univeral sense of the luropanaad Indian community, in the interests of the Manchester cotton spinners, raising a very important constitutional question, whether the Indian Government were to legislate according to the wishes of India, or according to the dictates of the Secretary of State representing the House ef Commons, or an important faction therein. On aaother occasion he gave a masterly analysis and itik unanswerable indictment of the unnecessary ex- penditure and waste of Indian money by the Indian Office in London. In the midet of these multi- farious interests, he kept in touch with all recent discoveries of science and with the trend of modern ttnght- He had an intimate Knowieuge ui iuc ouipuira aad was fond of illustrations from Holy Writ. In debouncing the proposals of the Indian Govern- ment to impose import duties on all imports, how- ever trifling, except Manchester cotton goods, he once, in a public speech, compared the Govern- metd to the Pharisees who pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier Matters of the law." When ordered by his medi- ■cal advisers to go to a German watering place, he quoted the words of Naaman the Syrian, Are not Abanah and Pharphar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel "and went to Llandrindod instead. Though so much abroad, he was an enthusiastic "Welshman and a fluent Welsh speaker. He was a keen sportsman. In his younger days in India, he was a regular attendant at the meets of the Tent Ohtb and it was said, no horse ever pulled with kim, for no horse could go as fast as he wished. Irt. later years he used to ride regularly in Calcutta, Md during his short visits to his home in Wales, used to thoroughly enjoy hunting and shooting, amd tke pursuits of country life. L. L_ In private life he was extremely popular, uaviu^ a personal charm and a ready sympathy and in- terest which endeared him to all about him-old and young, rich and poor- while his absolute fair- mess and his capacity for understanding the views and opinions of those who differed from him and kis ready recognition that there are two sides of a -question, combined with sound judgment, enabled him to go through life, making no enemies, gain- ing the respect of his opponents, and smoothing Out differences and mediating between others: His death, occurring as it did soon after he had decided to virtually retire from India and live more at home, is a heavy loss to Cardiganshire, -which is deprived of one whose undoubted ability, "ripe and varied experience, extreme tact and good judgment would have been of inestimable benefit to the county where he was born and where he lm returned to rest. THE HOUSE OF LOVESGROVE. 1 Lovesgrove, the seat of the late Sir Griffith Evans, is one of those historic houses in the Valley of the Hheidol, which give so much importance to the district. The present residence took the place, some years ago, of the older mansion, mentioned in the early proceedings of the Aberystwyth Court Leet. Its motto is well known, 2?w?r geidwr brain, q0& provides for the Ravens, the crest being a Raven as in arms. The family is of ancient lineage, many noble names, amongst them that of the honourable family of Puleston of Emral appearing .') jI- C'I! on its roll. The great granaiatner ot ttie late oir Griffith was Griffith Ivan, of Tymawr who married Hano-hfpr of Robert Jones, of Aberllefeni, in )(erionelhshire, and had issue a ron. also Griffith, -whose son, by his wife ^7' £ a'ughJ°!hlJ Jones, of Tafolwern, was the late John Evans of Lovesgrove, father of the deceased Knight. THE FUNERAL. The funeral took place on MoD^ay_naf^eTrS' Amidst every manifestation of sorrow and ^regret. i#now rarely covers the ground in tbi > and there was a touching appropnaten^ in the fact that the earth was ponded in its white mantle on toe day o burial of the deceased Knight. At the hems long procession of carriages had been J? along the drive, the gentry of the neighbourhood being represented almost without exception at tne funeral. The chief mourners were Lady Evans, -widow Mr Griffith and Mr J. J Evans. sons r^ Misses Gladys, Betha. and Gwyneth Evans, daughters Rev John Pugh Evans. brother; Mrs David Pugh Evans, Mr Lewis Pugh, nephew; Mr Howell Powell Edwards, Sir James Hills-Johnes, Dolaucothy, brother-in-law General Sir John Hills Miss Jones, and Mr Charles Jones One ol the sons Lieutenant Lewis Evans, was unable to b4 present at the funeral, he being at the time on )ii wa, home from Sooth Africa, wbw* be bad been on active service with his regiment, the Black Watch, and was expected to arrive at Lovesgrove about Wednesday. The distance from Lovesgiovs to the ancient church of Llanbadarn Fawr is about two miles, and the cortege left the house shortly after three o'clock, reaching the church a few minutes before four. On the way snow fell heavily, making the road heavy for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The coffin, which encased a shell, was of polished oak with massive brass mountingg, and was borne in a hearse. Upon it were placed the family wreaths. The breastplate bore the following inscription GRIFFITH P. EVANS, ENTERED INTO nEST FEB, 6TH. AGED 62 YEARS. $ Amongst those who had sent carriages or were present at the funeral were the following Sir Pryse Pryse, Bart., Gogerddan Captain Pryse Miss Jones, Dole Mr W. B. Powell and Captain E. A. L. Powell, Nanteos Major J. J. Bonsall, Fron- fraith; Mr Hughes Bonsall, Glanrheidol; Dr Morgan, Nantceirio Mr J. Parry, Glanpaith Mr and Mrs F. R. Roberts, Penwern Mrs Richards, Bryneithen Mr G. W. Parry, Llidiarde Mr L. P. V- Pryse, Pantgwyn; Mr Roderick Richards, Penglaise Miss Jones, Frongog; Mr John Francis, Wallog; Mr David Howell, Cwm; Mr Methuen Leir, Cwmcoedwig; Mrs Williams, Plynlimon House, Aberystwyth Captain Cozens, Bronpadarn; Principal T. F. Roberts, Professor Angus, and Professor Genese, (representing University College, Aberystwyth), Mr H. C. Fryer (county clerk), Coienel Fryer, Dr Harries, Mr Herbert Hughes, Prebendary Williams, Rev Griffith Parry, Rev D. Morgan (Penilwyn), Rev J. I1- Lloyd (vicar of Llanilar, Alderman Peter Jones, Mr D. C Roberts, the Mayor of Aberystwyth (Mr R. J. Jones), Mr John Watkins, Mr T. Griffiths, Mr J. D. Perrott, Mr D. Lloyd Lewis (National and Provincial Bank), Captain James (Llanbadarn-road), Mr Stanley Griffith Jones, Captain McGildowney, Messrs B. Ellis Morgan. J. Jenkin Jones, John Williams. W. T. Williams, W. A. Miller, J. E. James, Jack Owen, Richard Morgan, Isaac Griffiths, H. P. E< I wards, J. H. Edwards, David Phillips, David Jenkins, Glasgrug J. R. James, Peithyll, J. R. Hughes, Bow Street, D. Colville, Winstanley, etc. A larzo number of people had gathered in the precints of the church. The coffin was carried into the sacred edifice by workitien and tenants of the estate, these being Messrs David Richards, Thomas Richards, John Richards, John Hughes, William j Charles, John Murrell, and vvunam uavies. The burial service was exceedingly impressive. Several of the beautiful wreaths received from sympathetic friends had been arranged about tho j altar steps. The gloom of the^ chancel was relieved by lighted candles, which threw a soft mellow light. The Rev J. Havard Protheroe. M.A., Archdeacon of Cardigan, was the officiating minister, assisted by the Rev Nathaniel Thomas, M.A., vicar of Llanbadarn Fawr. The hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy," was sung by the choir, followed by the chanting of the 90th Psalm. The Archdeacon then read the lesson, and" Peace, perfect peace was sung as the closing hymn. As the mourners left the church, Mr Cashmore, the organist, played the "Dead March." At the grave- side, the committal prayer was offered by the Archdeacon, and the choir sang the hymn For ever with the Lord." While the last rites were being said the Church bell tolled a muffled peal., The hour was calm and quiet, the snow had ceased falling, the sun shone in its full splendour, and its slanting rays, striking between the ancient yews, filled the burial ground with warmth and light. As the last strokes of the bell died away on the air, and the sun slowly sank behind the hills, all that was mortal of the departed were consigned to their last resting place. The sides of the entrance to the vault were draped with moss, relieved with white narcissi and snowdrops, the work of Mr Austin, Abermaide, and Mr Hutchisson, Dole. The widow bore the trying ordeal with fortitude, and it is hardly necessary to add that universal sympathy is expressed with her and her family in their deep sorrow. FLORAL TRIBUTES. The following is a list of those who sent flowers and wreaths for the funeral:—Miss Jones (Plas Padarn), Miss Grace. Purton, Mr and Mrs Ellis Morgan, Sir Pryse and Lady Pryse, Mr and Mrs Howell Edwards, Mr and Mrs H. W. Hoare, The Misses Jones Frongog, Mrs Pryse Pryse, Mrs Phillips, Dr and Madame Borsdorf, Mr and Mrs Frederick Roberts, Murrell, Loaisa and William, Major and Mrs Bonsall (Fronfraith), Mrs Hughes-Bonsall, Captain and Mrs Cosens, Mrs Hills (Shrewsbury), Miss Edwards and Miss Sarah Edwards, Mrs Jones (Gwynfryn), Mrs Mr and Miss Williams, Mr and Mrs Powell (Nanteos), Countess of Lisburne, Archdeacon Prothero, Mr Parker, Mrs Davies- Evans, Mrs Deane, Viscountess Parker, Mr and Mr Robert Hills, Colonel and Mrs Cubite, General Sir James and Lady Hills-Johnes alld Mrs Jobnee (Dolaucothy), Mr and Mrs Waddingham, Mr and Miss Bonsall, Mr and Mrs Methuen Leir, Mr and Mrs Pugh (Abermaed), General and Miss Jenkin Jones. Mrs Greer, Miss Evans. Miss Betha Evans, Miss Gwyneth Evans, Mr Griffith Evans, Mr Lewis Evans, Mr James John Evans, Lady Evans, Mr and Mrs Evacs Pugh, Mr and Mrs Macnair. Llanbadarn Church, under the shadow of which Sir Griffith was buried in the family vault, is one of, if not indeed, the most interesting in the Princi- pality. The present structure is of varied dates and styles, the massive tower dating from the open- ing years of the 12th century. Dedicated to St Padarn with the magnificently carved stone cross, known to all antiquaries as Padarn's Cross the lofty entrance arch; the narrow Ifcncet windows, and the massive walls, the Church is one round which time has, centuries aeo, decked it with boaty wreaths. In ita extensive God's Acre," generations of Cardiganshire's sons and daughters have been laid, and here, in solemn simplicity has been placed all that could die of the learned jurist.



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I Cardigan Town Council.