David Brynmor Jones

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Brynmor Jones c.1895
Brynmor Jones c.1906

David Brynmor Jones (probably forenamed Brynmor;[1] originally surnamed Jones, later surnamed Brynmor-Jones;[2] 1851–6 August 1921) was a British barrister, historian and Liberal Member of Parliament.


David Brynmor Jones was born in 1851 in Swansea, Glamorgan, United Kingdom, the first of the six children of Thomas Jones, a Congregationalist minister, and Jane Jones. His younger siblings were Annie, John Viriamu Jones (born 1856; afterwards a scientist and educationist), Irvonwy, Leifchild (born 1862; afterwards a Liberal politician and temperance campaigner), and Morlais Glasfryn (afterwards an engineer).

In September 1858, when he was seven years old, his parents moved to London; where he became a pupil at University College School. In 1867, when he was sixteen, his mother died; and in 1869 his father left London for health reasons. Afterwards Jones became a student at University College, London.

He was called to the bar in 1876 from the Middle Temple. In 1885 he became a county court judge.

From 1892 to 1895 he was Member of Parliament for Stroud; during which period he served on the Welsh Land Commission (1893). In 1895, he chose to transfer his candidacy to the safer Liberal seat of Swansea District, where he served as Member of Parliament from 1895 until 1914.. During this period he was knighted (1906), served on the Welsh Church Commission (1907), and in 1912 became a member of the Privy Council, becoming entitled to the full style: The Right Honourable Sir David Brynmor Jones KC MP.

He published several articles on the legal history of Wales. He died on 6 August 1921.



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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Holloway
Member of Parliament for Stroud
Succeeded by
Charles Cripps
Preceded by
William Williams
Member of Parliament for Swansea District
Succeeded by
Thomas Jeremiah Williams