- 1881 in Wales
This article is about the particular significance of the year 1881 to
Walesand its people.
Prince of Wales- Edward Albert, son of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom
Princess of Wales- Alexandra of Denmark
Archdruidof the National Eisteddfod of Wales- Clwydfardd
*January - At least five people freeze to death during blizzards and extreme low temperatures throughout Wales.
October 13- 19 people drown when the "Cyprian" is wrecked off the Lleynpeninsula.
Sunday Closing (Wales) Act 1881prohibits the sale of alcoholon a Sunday.
River Vyrnwyis dammed to create Lake Vyrnwy.
Arts and literature
National Eisteddfod of Wales- held at Merthyr Tydfil
Watkin Hezekiah Williams
Daniel Owen- "Y Dreflan"
Rugby union- The Welsh Rugby Unionis formed.
January 3- Lewis Pugh Evans, VC recipient (died 1962)
February 14- William John Gruffydd, academic and politician (died 1954)
April 16- Ifor Williams, academic (died 1965)
May 5- Rupert Price Hallowes, VC recipient (died 1915)
June 16- David Grenfell, politician (died 1968)
June 20- John Crichton-Stuart, 4th Marquess of Bute, landowner (died 1947)
*August - John Lewis, footballer (died
September 30- Philip Lewis Griffiths, lawyer (died 1945)
October 1- Cliff Pritchard, Welsh international rugby player (died 1954)
October 28- Edward Evans, 1st Baron Mountevans, explorer (died 1957)
George Henry Hall, politician (died 1965)
**David Thomas ("Afan"), composer (died
**Robert Williams, trade union leader
April 20- William Burges, architect
November 20- Hugh Owen, educationist (born 1804)
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