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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
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Edward Davies

Edward Davies was the only son and heir of David Davies 'Top Sawyer' (1818-1890) of Llandinam: entrepreneur, industrialist, Liberal MP for Cardiganshire and a founder member of The University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Engraving of Edward Davies.

Engraving of Edward Davies.

Edward (1852–1898) inherited the responsibilities of the huge fortune his father had made developing railways, sinking coal mines and dock-building. The weight of responsibility administering the family businesses and the Ocean Coal Company at a time when all was not well in the collieries played heavily upon Edward's fragile disposition and he suffered a mental breakdown — he died shortly afterwards at the early age of forty-five. The empire passed to his children Gwendoline Elizabeth (1882–1944), Margaret Sidney (1884–1963) and David, the first Lord Davies, who lived with their step-mother Elizabeth (née Jones d.1942).