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1859 in Wales

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1859 in Wales
Centuries:  17th 18th 19th 20th 21st
Decades:  1830s 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s

This article is about the particular significance of the year 1859 to Wales and its people.

Contents

Incumbents

  • Prince of Wales – Albert Edward
  • Princess of Wales – vacant
  • Events

  • January - Y Brython changes from weekly to monthly publication.
  • February - First race at Bangor-on-Dee racecourse.
  • 1 April - Opening of the Corris Railway.
  • 5 April - 27 men are killed by flooding at Neath Chain Colliery.
  • 31 May - U.K. general election. This is the last general election in which the Conservative Party's vote share in Wales exceeds that in England.
  • 29 June - Benjamin Hall is raised to the peerage as 1st Baron Llanover.
  • 15 October–17 October - Queen Victoria stays at Penrhyn Castle.
  • 25 October–26 October - 'Royal Charter Storm':
  • Steam clipper Royal Charter is wrecked off the north-east Anglesey coast, with the estimated loss of around 459 lives, the greatest loss of life in any maritime accident in Welsh waters.
  • St Brynach's Church, Cwm-yr-Eglwys, is destroyed .
  • Peak year for copper production in Wales.
  • Opening of the East Bute Dock, Cardiff.
  • Merger of Yr Amserau and Baner Cymru.
  • Religious revival led by Humphrey Jones.
  • The Cymanfa Ganu movement is launched in Aberdare.
  • Sir Charles Morgan, 3rd Baronet, is created Baron Tredegar.
  • Awards

  • Lewis William Lewis (Llew Llwyfo) wins the chair at the Merthyr Tydfil eisteddfod.
  • New books

  • Nathaniel Jones - Fy Awenydd
  • Richard Parry (Gwalchmai) - Adgofion am John Elias
  • Thomas Stephens & Gweirydd ap Rhys - Orgraff yr Iaith Gymraeg
  • William Thomas (Gwilym Marles) - Prydyddiaeth
  • Music

  • John Roberts (Ieuan Gwyllt) - Llyfr Tonau Cynulleidfaol
  • Births

  • 11 January - Sir Joseph Alfred Bradney, historian (died 1933)
  • 29 January - Sir George Lockwood Morris, industrialist and Welsh international rugby player (died 1947)
  • 7 February - Frank Hancock, Wales international rugby union international (died 1943)
  • 16 February - T. E. Ellis, politician (died 1899)
  • 18 April - Sir Evan Davies Jones, 1st Baronet, civil engineer (died 1949)
  • 4 May - Sir Samuel Thomas Evans, politician and judge (died 1918)
  • 22 May - Jonathan Ceredig Davies, travel writer (died 1932)
  • 17 July - Ernest Rhys, writer (died 1946)
  • 11 Oct – Aneurin Williams, politician (died 1924)
  • 5 December - Edward John Lewis, Wales international rugby union player (died 1925)
  • 7 December - Leonard Watkins, Wales international rugby union player (died 1901)
  • 25 December - John Goulstone Lewis Wales international rugby union player (died 1935)
  • November - Richard Bell, politician (died 1930)
  • Deaths

  • 19 April - Christopher Bethell, Bishop of Bangor, 85?
  • 21 June - John Bowen, Bishop of Sierra Leone, 43 (yellow fever)
  • 8 July - John Thomas (Siôn Wyn o Eifion), poet, 78
  • 10 September - Sir John Hay Williams, landowner, 65
  • 24 September – Joseph Murray Ince, painter, 53
  • October - Evan Jones (Ifan y Gorlan), harpist
  • References

    1859 in Wales Wikipedia


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