Lewis Weston DILLWYN
- Born: 1778, Walthamstow, Essex, England
- Marriage: Mary ADAMS on 2 Jul 1807 in St. James's, Piccadilly, London, England
- Died: 21 Aug 1855, Sketty Hall, Glamorgan, Wales at age 77
In 1802 Lewis W. Dillwyn was sent by his father to Swansea to take control of the pottery. Although he had no previous experience of ceramics manufacture, he was enthusiastic and the quality of the pottery made there was improved under his management. In 1814 the pottery took over the workforce of the Nantgarw Pottery and began to make porcelain.
Lewis Weston Dillwyn however was also renowned for his published works on botany and conchology, including his work The British Confervae an illustrated study of British freshwater algae, published 1809. Dillwyn is credited with discovering several species of the Conferva genus. Among the botanical illustrators of The British Confervae are the artists William Jackson Hooker, Ellen Hutchins and William Weston Young.
In 1817 he retired from the pottery. In 1818 he became High Sheriff of Glamorgan and was elected to the First Reformed Parliament in 1834. He was Mayor of Swansea in 1839. Dillwyn was also one of the founders of the Royal Institution of South Wales and its first President and in 1840 he published a short history of Swansea. Fellow of the Royal Society,
Lewis married Mary ADAMS, daughter of Col. John LLEWELYN and Unknown, on 2 Jul 1807 in St. James's, Piccadilly, London, England. (Mary ADAMS was born in 1776 in Penllergare, Llangyfelach, Wales.)