John Bryn Edwards

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Sir John Bryn Edwards, 1st Baronet (12 January 1889 – 22 August 1922) was a Welsh ironmaster and philanthropist whose seemingly promising future as a figure of political and social leadership in post-World War I Britain was cut short by death at the age of 33.

Edwards was educated at Winchester College and received his MA from Trinity Hall, Cambridge. As the owner of a major metalworking concern known as the Duffryn Steel and Tinplate Works, he had the resources to fund a number of philanthropic and charitable endeavours for which he was recognised in the 1921 Birthday Honours[1] by being created, at the unusually young age of 32, a Baronet of Treforis in the County of Glamorgan.[2]

Edwards married Kathleen Ermyntrude Corfield, daughter of John Corfield, managing director of Dillwyn & Co, on 18 January 1911. They had a son and a daughter. In the years following his death, Hendrefoilan House became part of the campus of Swansea University and was the site, until 2006, of the South Wales Miners' Library.


  1. ^ "No. 32346". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1921. p. 4530.
  2. ^ "No. 32558". The London Gazette. 23 December 1921. p. 10486.


  • Who Was Who, vol II, 1916−1928 (third edition, 1962). London: Adam & Charles Black.
  • "Wills and Bequests", The Times, 1 November 1922