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Biography

Major Francis Jones 

CVO, TD, DI, FSA, MS, KStJ,

Late Wales Herald Extraordinary

What they said:  The Duke of Norfolk and Sir Anthony Wagner

The Author’s Career

BORN July 1908 at Trevine in Pembrokeshire FJ was educated at Fishguard County School, eventually becoming a schoolmaster. 

He was a pioneer Archivist at Haverfordwest Records Office in 1931. Commissioned into 4th Welch he was transferred to Pembroke Yeomanry. He was Archivist in the National Library of Wales.

Entering active Service 1939 he took part in the North African landings and the Battle of Beja (where he was mentioned in Despatches) when Rommel’s last Panzer attack was repulsed. Fought in Sicilian Campaign and landing. Then landing at Salerno, he fought in Italian Campaign up to the Monte Cassino battle as 2nd in Command of regiment. Posted as GSO to War Cabinet Offices Historical Section, he wrote the Official War Record of the Sicilian and Italian Campaigns. became Battery Commander in Surrey Yeomanry, QMR. Created Wales Herald in 1963, a post previously held in the 15th century.

On Earl Marshal’s staff he officiated at the State Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill; a member of Prince of Wales Investiture ’66-’67, he officiated at Caernarfon, and numerous State occasions for thirty years, State Openings of Parliament, Knights of the Garter Ceremonies, etc. 

  • Created Commander of Victorian Order. 

  • Past President of the Cambrian Archaelogical Society

  • Governor of the National Library of Wales

  • Member of Gorsedd

  • Member of Society of the Church in Wales

  • Carmarthenshire History Association

  • Pembrokeshire. Record Society

  • Croeso ’69 Committee

  • Acadamie International D’Heraldique

  • Heraldry Society

  • Honorary Society Cymmrodorion

  • Trustee of Elvet Lewis Memorial

  • Vice-President Dyfed Local Council

  • Honorary Member of Mark Twain Society, USA

  • Deputy Lieutenant Dyfed

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

  • Honorary M.A. Wales University

  • Territorial Decoration with three clasps

  • Knight of St. John

  • Carmarthenshire County Archivist 1958-73.

His first articles were published in Pembrokeshire in the late 1920’s. He wrote over a thousand articles, essays, lectures and books and also appeared on BBC radio and in TV programmes.

His writings appeared in such diverse publications as 

  • Cymmrodorion

  • Anglo Welsh Review

  • The Times, Radio Times

  • Archelogia Cambrensis

  • Carm. Historian

  • Merianet Hist. Pembs. Historian

  • Country Life

  • Church in Wales Hist. Soc.

  • Cards Hist. Soc.

  • Anglesey Hist. Assn. 

  • Board of Celtic Studies

  • Welsh History Review

  • Investiture Souvenir

  • Nat. Lib. Wales Journal

  • Burke’s Peerage

  • St. David’s Society New York

  • newspapers and many overseas learned journals. (See Who's Who.)


Published works

History of the 172 Field Regiment

History of the Surrey Yeomanry QMR

The Holy Wells of Wales, 1954, 1969

The Principality and Princes of Wales, 1969

God Bless the Prince of Wales; An Approach to Welsh Genealogy

Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families, editions, ’87, ’88, 1996

Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, 1997

Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families, 1998 Final Edition

The Francis Jones Treasury of Historic Pembrokeshire, 1998