1881 in Wales

1881 in Wales

This article is about the particular significance of the year 1881 to Wales and its people.


*Prince of Wales - Edward Albert, son of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom
*Princess of Wales - Alexandra of Denmark
*Archdruid of 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 Lleyn peninsula.
*The Sunday Closing (Wales) Act 1881 prohibits the sale of alcohol on a Sunday.
*River Vyrnwy is dammed to create Lake Vyrnwy.

Arts and literature


National Eisteddfod of Wales - held at Merthyr Tydfil
*Chair - Evan Rees ("Dyfed")
*Crown - Watkin Hezekiah Williams

New books

*Daniel Owen - "Y Dreflan"




*Rugby union - The Welsh Rugby Union is 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 1954)
*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)
*December - George Henry Hall, politician (died 1965)
*"date unknown"
**David Thomas ("Afan"), composer (died 1928)
**Robert Williams, trade union leader


*April 20 - William Burges, architect
*November 20 - Hugh Owen, educationist (born 1804)

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