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Louis Tylor (1837-1905) - 8th President

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We have a Brief obituary penned by C. T. Vachell And Henry Heywood in Volume XXXVIII of the transactions

Died 15TH SEPTEMBER, 1905. Louis Tylor, Philanthropist, Philosopher, and Poet, was a native of London, and came to reside in Cardiff at the age of 39, bringing with him literary and scientific credentials of a high order from Bradford, which town had been his home since 1856.

There he had been one of the founders of the Bradford Philosophical Society, and had taken an active interest in the literary and educational life of that important town.

In 1876 he came to Cardiff as Director of the extensive Collieries at Tylorstown, with which his family was connected.

Immediately upon his arrival at Cardiff he became a member of the Cardiff Naturalists' Society, and for fourteen years worked hard to further its interests.

He was elected a member of the Committee in 1878, and in 1880 he was selected as President.

The following is a list of papers read by Mr. Tylor before the Society, viz-.

  • 1879. The use of Archaeology.

  • 1880. (President). Inaugural address upon the progress of science.

  • 1883. Deep-sea dredging in the Bristol Channel.

Louis Tylor

Louis Tylor

In addition to the work given to the Society, he found time to ardently support the University College and the Cardiff Infirmary, but it is in connection with his services to the Miners' Benevolent Fund that his name will be longest remembered.

There are a large number of newspaper articles available online at the National Library of Wales that record these various activities some examples are below: -

Miners Provident Society

Miners Provident Society Pontypool Free Press 25 Sep 1981

Maerdy Colliery Relief Fund

Maerdy Colliery Relief Fund Pontypool Weekly Mail 19 june 1886

College and infirmary

College and infirmary South Wales Daily News 7 June 1883

His passing was recpoted in mant local papers such as this from the Evening Express 15th Sept 1905


Mr. Louis Tylor passed away unexpectedly at his residence, Oakdene, Redhill, Surrey, last night. He had been ill for a considerable time, suffering from a weak heart, but his sudden demise was not expected. Deceased had not been to Cardiff for about twelve months.

Mr. Tylor was a member of the firm of Messrs. Tylor and Lewis, merchants and coal exporters, Cardiff, and was born in the neighbourhood of London in 1S37. He was privately educated there and at Brighton. He came to Cardiff in 1876 to take charge of the colliery properties owned by the firm in which he was a partner. Mr. Tylor had been president of tine Cardiff Naturalists' Society, was one of the founders of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Miners' Permanent Provident Society, had been a member of the council of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, and was elected treasurer ir succession to the late Lord Swansea. He was the author of several books, together with numerous pamphlets and papers on questions of the day.

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