Who is John Gwyn Jeffreys?

John Gwyn Jeffreys was born in Swansea on 18 January 1809 and was a descendent of one of the oldest families in Wales. From a young age he was interested in natural history, specifically shell collecting.

At the age of seventeen he was apprenticed to a Swansea solicitor, and for many years successfully practised his profession in the town. He continued to collect and study shells, spending his holidays dredging in Swansea Bay.

John Gwyn Jeffreys (1809-1885)