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A Caernarvon pharmacist's herbal notebook.
Since this article was published John Jones' obituary in the North Wales Express 28th June 1907 has come to light.
John Jones ran what is still known as the Castle Pharmacy in Caernarvon for 30 years. In that time he was a leading light of a major town chapel and took on several public roles. Politically he was a 'thorough Liberal', like many of that time and place, supporting local politicians such as Lloyd George.
John Jones was born and educated on the Lleyn peninsula where his early proficiency in Latin and Greek led his schoolmaster to want to "send him to Oxford and bringing him up in the Established (i.e. Anglican) Church, but his parents were against that course". Instead he was apprenticed to a chemist and druggist in Pwllheli, he then went on to work as an assistant in London before returning to Caernarvon to set up his own establishment.
'He was of a cheery disposition, and preserved his youthful spirits to the last'.
References and Sources
Plant prints in article and webpage from (Sir) John Hill's Family Herbal (1812).