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Davies, Davidlocked



Davies, David (1818–1890), industrialist and politician, was born at Drain-Tewion, Llandinam, Montgomeryshire, on 18 December 1818, the eldest of the nine children of David Davies (d. 1846), farmer and timber sawyer, and his wife, Elizabeth (probably née Felix). He left the village school at the age of eleven, and helped his father in farming and sawing timber; in later life he sometimes boasted that he was always ‘top sawyer’. When his father died in 1846 he had to support the family, but his career took a dramatic new turn when he was asked to undertake a contract to build a bridge over the ...

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