Cardigan People 9: Margaret Skinner; Dr Dan Rees; William Roberts; David M. Palmer; David J. Parry

Margaret Skinner (d. Nov. 1911)

Ran the Sailor’s Home, 4 Pendre with her husband Richard Leonard. Member of Tabernacl (MC)

Dr Dan Rees, headmaster (d. 1938)

A native of Llandysul, he was educated at Gwilym Marles School, and William James school, Llandysul.  Unitarian; Carmarthen Presbyterian College under Principal Evans; Aberystwyth College for 1 year where BA degree 1st divis (London). London Univ MA Classics. Oxford – awarded Hibbert Scholarship which he carried to Berlin and Leipsig, where he took his Doctorate in Philosophy and Celtic. Finally he went to Paris where he studied for six months at the Sorbonne. Appointed in 1897–1932; Married Elizabeth M Davies eldest daughter of Rev John Davies, Shrewsbury and had 1 son. Headmaster of Cardigan County School for 36 years. After his retirement he moved to Hastings. He had been unwell for some time, and on medical advice decided to take a holiday in Sicily. Whilst on the train at Lyon, in France he passed away. His wife was with him at the time. His remains were cremated in France.

 ‘Dr Dan Rees was not in the roll of common men. There was a distinction about hm which could not but impress all with whom he came in contact. He had that elusive thing called personality…

The schoolroom was his dukedom and here he wielded a daily influence the value of which it is impossible to estimate.’ editorial CTA 11.3.1938

William Roberts (1862–1912), author of the hymn-tune Bryngogarth

Born on 1 Oct. 1862 at 21 Castle St. Of frail physique; apprenticed as a carpenter but later a shop-keeper at the top of Bridge St. Learnt the rudiments of music from Benjamin Lewis, Blaenannerch. Violinist and harpist. Composed many hymn tunes for children. Died at age of 50. Buried at Blaenffos. Composed the famous hymn-tune Bryngogarth, named after the house of his minister Revd John Williams, Bethania, in Napier St.

Bryngogarth

David Morgan Palmer, headmaster (d. 17 May 1917, aged 84 yrs.)

A native of Llanfallteg. ‘For many years ran the Collegiate School very successfully, and afterwards became for a brief period headmaster of the newly started Intermediate School.’ J W James

David John Parry, Netpool (1907–1976)

Clerk at the local Ministry of Labour in Pendre.