- Francis Jones (Welsh historian)
Early and private life
Born in Pembrokeshire, Francis Jones was educated at
FishguardCounty School, and eventually became a schoolmaster. He was appointed archivist at the HaverfordwestRecords Office in 1931, about the same time as he married Ethel Charles, with whom he had four children. Jones died in December 1993 and was buried at the Church of St Benet Paul's Wharf, which has been the religious home of the College of Arms since 1555.
Jones was commissioned into 4th
Battalion, The Welch Regiment, but was subsequently transferred to the Pembroke Yeomanry. He entered active service in 1939, and later took part in the North African landings and Battle of Beja, for which he was mentioned in despatches. He later fought in the Sicilian campaign and landing, then after landing at Salernofought in the Italian campaign up to the Battle of Monte Cassinoas second in command of the regiment. He was subsequently posted as a General Staff Officerto the War Cabinet Offices, Historical Section, where he wrote the Official War Record for the Sicilian and Italian Campaigns. He was later appointed Battery Commander in the Surrey Yeomanry (Queen Mary's Regiment).
In 1963 the office of Wales Herald of Arms Extraordinary was revived, in anticipation of the investiture of
Prince Charlesas Prince of Wales, and Francis Jones appointed. (The last recorded reference to a Wales Herald was in the late fourteenth century.) In this capacity he was on the Earl Marshal's staff for the State funeralof Winston Churchill, and officiated at the investitureof the Prince of Wales in 1969. Over the next 30 years he participated in State ceremonial with the officers of arms in ordinary of the College of Armson occasions such as the State Opening of Parliamentand the Garter service.
Jones was a prolific writer with several hundred articles, essays and books published. He also appeared on
BBCradio and television programs.
His main published works include
* "The Holy Wells of Wales" (1954)
* "God bless the Prince of Wales: four essays for investiture year, 1969." (1969) ISBN 0-9500534-0-6
* "The Princes and principality of Wales" (1969) ISBN 0-900768-20-7
* "Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families" (1987) ISBN 0-906972-02-7
* "A catalogue of Welsh manuscripts in the College of Arms" (1988) ISBN 0-9500207-9-6
* "Historic houses of Pembrokeshire and their families" (1996) ISBN 0-9528344-0-5
* "Treasury of historic Pembrokeshire " (1998) ISBN 0-9528344-2-1
* "Historic Cardiganshire Homes and their families" (2000) ISBN 0-9528344-48
* "Treasury of historic Carmarthenshire" (2002) ISBN 0-9528344-6-4
Honours and appointments
Jones received the
Territorial Decorationwith three clasps for his military service. He was created a Commander of the Royal Victorial Order and Knight of the Order of St John. He was also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and received an Honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of Wales.
Among the many other positions he held and societies to which he belonged were:
Deputy Lieutenant Dyfed
* Vice-President Dyfed Local Council
* Governor of the
National Library of Wales
CarmarthenshireCounty Archivist 1958-1973
* Member of
* Member of the Historical Society of the
Church in Wales
* President of the Cambrian Archaeological Society
* Croeso ’69 Committee
Académie Internationale d'Héraldique
Honorable Society of Cymmrodorion
* Honorary Member of Mark Twain Society, USA
* [http://www.westwalesgenealogy.i12.com/fj%20career.htm West Wales Genealogy]
* [http://www.archivesnetworkwales.info/cgi-bin/anw/fulldesc_nofr?inst_id=30&coll_id=1549&expand= Archives Network Wales]
* [http://www.cgnfhs.org.uk/walehe98.htm Cardiganshire Family History Society]
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Historian, Author,
Officer of Arms
DATE OF BIRTH=1908
PLACE OF BIRTH=
DATE OF DEATH=December, 1993
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