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Baron cr 1974 (Life Peer), of Aberpennar, Mid Glamorgan (Herbert Edmund Edmund-Davies)

Kt 1958

Born 15 July 1906; 3rd s of Morgan John Davies and Elizabeth Maud Edmunds; m 1935, Eurwen Williams-James (d 1991); three d; died 26 Dec. 1992

PC 1966; a Lord of Appeal; Life Governor and Fellow, King’s College, London University; Hon. Fellow, Exeter College, Oxford


Mountain Ash Grammar Sch.; King’s Coll., London; Exeter Coll., Oxford. LLB (London) and Postgraduate Research Scholar, 1926; LLD London, 1928; BCL (Oxon) and Vinerian Scholar, 1929


Called to the Bar, Gray’s Inn, 1929; Bencher, 1948; Treasurer, 1965; Lecturer and Examiner, London School of Economics, 1930–31. Army Officers’ Emergency Reserve, 1938; Infantry OCTU; commissioned in Royal Welch Fusiliers, 1940; later seconded to JAG’s Dept; Asst Judge Advocate-General, 1944–45 (Lt-Col 1944). QC 1943; Recorder: of Merthyr Tydfil, 1942–44; of Swansea, 1944–53; of Cardiff, 1953–58; Chm., QS for Denbighshire, 1953–64; Judge of High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, 1958–66; a Lord Justice of Appeal, 1966–74; a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, 1974–81. Foreign Office Observer, Cairo espionage trials, 1957. Chairman: Transport Users’ Consultative Cttee for Wales, 1959–61; Lord Chancellor’s Cttee on Limitation of Actions, 1961; Tribunal of Inquiry into Aberfan Disaster, 1966; Council of Law Reporting 1967–72; Home Secretary’s Criminal Law Revision Cttee, 1969–77; Home Sec.’s Police Inquiry Cttee, 1977–79; Mem., Royal Commn on Penal Reform, 1964–66; conducted Use of Welsh in Courts Inquiry, 1973. President: London Welsh Trust/London Welsh Assoc., 1982–; University College of Swansea, 1965–75; Hon. Standing Counsel, Univ. of Wales, 1947–57; Pro-Chancellor, Univ. of Wales, 1974–85. Hon. Life Member, Canadian Bar Assoc.; CIBA Foundn Trustee; Hamlyn Trustee, 1969–87; Fellow, Royal Soc. of Medicine. Hon. LLD: Wales, 1959; Buckingham, 1989


Law of Distress for Rent and Rates, 1931; miscellaneous legal writings