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Franklin George Evans (1826-1904)

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Mostly from his obituary in volume Vol. XXXVII of the Society Reports and Transactions

The obituary is entitled Franklin George Evans M.R.C.S., F.R.Met.Soc, F.R.A.S which instantly gives a sense of the breadth of interests that he had. He joined the Society in 1869 after a letter from William Adams the First President entreated him to do so.

Franklin George Evans (1826-1904) second President of the Society

Franklin George Evans (1826-1904) second President of the Society

He helped organise an art exhibition in 1870 on behalf of the society with the aim of generating funds for a museum and was elected vice president in 1879 and president in 1874.

His devotion to meteorology is noted in his obituary and he collated and tabuldated records for 26 years. His Obituary gives detailed information on the establishment and monitoring of a number of rain gauges

Society Meteorological Station

Society Meteorological Station

Tom Hoare of the Cardiff Story Museum noted to Wales online that “Among the grand houses in and around St Mellons was the 19th-century home of eminent physician Franklin G Evans , which has since played home to a junior Lord of the Treasury, a First World War military hospital, the swish Blue Horizon country club in the 1930s, a base for anti-aircraft guns during World War II, and is now home to the St Mellons Hotel.”

One online reference lists him as active as a surgeon in Radyr between 1862 - 77 Link

British Listed Buildings cite him as Erecting the Lychgate of Church of St. John the Baptist in Llandaff, it having the inscription on a Plaque on south-west side of lych gate which says as follows: -

This Gate Was Erected By Franklin George Evans Justice Of The Peace For Glamorgan & Monmouth Of Llwynarthan Castleton, Monmouth Formerly Of Tynant Radyr And For 12 Years Churchwarden Of This Parish Ad 1899 G E Halliday Architect

His obituary finishes with the statement that he took up Atronomy in his eighties and he eventually gave his telescope to the Borough of Cardiff. We have this Picture in the society archives which may be his weather station and telescope

Society Meteorological Station

Society Meteorological Station and Astronomical telescope

A full copy of his obituary is available here

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