Prince of Wales — Albert Edward
Princess of Wales — vacant
January — South Wales Railway merges with the Great Western Railway.
5 May — Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare, makes an important speech on the subject of education in Wales. He is later appointed vice-president of the Committee of Council on Education.
2 June — Llangollen is linked to the rail network for the first time.
4 July — Sarah Edith Wynne, noted soprano, makes her London début.
Guillermo Rawson, Interior Minister of Argentina, meets Love Jones-Parry and Lewis Jones to discuss the Welsh colonisation of Patagonia.
The incomplete Moel Famau Jubilee Tower collapses in a storm.
Completion of the railway between Merthyr Tydfil and Brecon.
The Clogau mine begins producing gold.
Llandudno lighthouse is erected by the Mersey Docks Harbour Board.
"Religion", by Joseph Edwards, and "The Tinted Venus" by John Gibson are among sculptures shown at the Great Exhibition.
National Eisteddfod of Wales is held at Caernarfon. The chair is won by Rowland Williams (Hwfa Môn).
George Borrow — Wild Wales
Rees Howell Gronow — Reminiscences of Captain Gronow
John Ceiriog Hughes — Oriau'r Bore
Jane Williams (Ysgafell) — Celtic Fables, Fairy Tales and Legends versified
Henry Brinley Richards — "God Bless the Prince of Wales"
Ebenezer Thomas (Eben Fardd) — Hymnau
21 July — South Wales Cricket Club defeat Surrey at The Oval.
24 July — South Wales Cricket Club defeat MCC at Lord's.
5 January — John Fisher, Celtic scholar (d. 1930)
16 January — Leifchild Jones, 1st Baron Rhayader, politician (d. 1939)
17 January — Buckley Roderick, Wales international rugby player (d. 1908)
23 January — Evan Richards, Wales international rugby player (d. 1931)
1 February — Thomas Pryce-Jenkins, Wales international rugby player (d. 1922)
16 February — Llewellyn John Montfort Bebb, academic (d. 1915)
22 March — Edward Treharne, Wales international rugby player (d. 1904)
11 April — Charles Evans Hughes, American politician of Welsh parentage (d. 1948)
27 April — Sir Hugh Vincent, solicitor and Wales international rugby player (d. 1931)
28 April — William Norton, Wales international rugby player (d. 1898)
17 May — Sir William Rice Edwards, surgeon (d. 1923)
5 August - Robert Mills-Roberts, footballer (d. 1935)
16 September — Thomas Baker Jones, Wales international rugby player (d. 1959)
27 October — Sir Hugh Evan-Thomas, admiral (d. 1928)
16 November — Sir David Rocyn-Jones, medical practitioner and President of the WRU (d. 1953)
7 December — Humphrey Jones, footballer (d. 1946)
9 December — John John Evans, journalist (d. 1942)
John Daniel Evans, Patagonia settler (d. 1943)
Seth Powell, footballer (d. 1945)
3 January — Dan Jones, Mormon missionary, 51
8 February - Hans Busk, poet, 89
28 May — James Henry Cotton, Dean of Bangor, 82
2 August — Anthony Hill, industrialist, 78
27 August — John Williams (Ab Ithel), antiquary, 51
date unknown — Robert Edwards, hymn writer, 66?
1862 in Wales Wikipedia
This article is about the particular significance of the year 1862 to Wales and its people.