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BOWEN, IVOR (1862-1934), K.C., county court judge; b. at Bridgend, Glam., son of J. Bowen Jones (q.v.), Independent minister. After leaving school he entered the service of a bank in London, and from Sept. 1883 dropped the surname Jones and adopted that of Bowen. He was admitted a student of Gray's Inn, 3 Nov. 1886, was called to the Bar 3 July 1889, and for some years practised at Cardiff, being revising barrister (South Wales Circuit) from 1905 to 1912; in the latter year be became a K.C. and was elected a Bencher of Gray's Inn. His legal offices included those of recorder of Merthyr Tydfil (1914-15), Swansea (1915-18), county court judge, Mid Wales Circuit (1918-33), treasurer of Gray's Inn (1923). An essay on the derivation and history of the name of the county of Brecon won him the prize at the Brecon eisteddfod, 1889. His publications include The Statutes of Wales, 1908, The Great Enclosures of Common Lands in Wales, 1914, ‘John Williams, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England’ (Trans. Cymm. 1927-8) and ‘Grand Juries, Justices of the Peace and Quarter Sessions in Wales’ (Trans. Cymm. 1933-4). He left in manuscript a work entitled ‘The King's Court of Great Sessions.’ In World War I he assisted in raising the 15th and 18th Battalions, The Royal Welch Fusiliers, i.e. the London Welsh Battalions, and commanded the latter battalion; a plaque in Gray's Inn commemorates the raising of these battalions. He d. 2 Jan. 1934.


  • Trans. Cymm., 1927-8, 1933-5;
  • The Times, 8 Jan. 1934.


Sir John Lias Cecil Cecil-Williams, Ll.D., (1892-1964), London