Sir David Evans was one of the leading solicitors in Cardiff either side of the Great War, and in his youth he represented Wales at rugby, as well as making two appearances for Glamorgan during 1891.
Born in the Merthyr area during November 1866, his father was one of the prosperous merchants in the steel-making town. David attended Llandovery College where he shone both in the classroom as well as on the sports field. His cricketing and rugby-playing skills were subsequently honed at Oxford University where he read Law at Jesus College besides winning rugby Blues in 1887/88 and 1888/89.
He duly returned to South Wales to train as a solicitor, besides playing with distinction as a forward in the Cardiff rugby team. In 1889 David won the first of five Welsh caps, appearing that year against Ireland and Scotland, before being appointed the captain of Cardiff RFC for 1890/91 and 1891/92. After some decent performances in club cricket for Cardiff, David appeared for Glamorgan against a Colts XX in the trial match at the Arms Park in May 1891. In August he was also chosen for the away match against Devon at Exeter. This proved to be his sole inter-county appearance, with his bourgeoning legal duties preventing him from committing to playing in any of the two-day games.
David subsequently acted as legal advisor to Kind Edward VII besides playing a leading role in the fight against tuberculosis. He also served as a member of council for the Cardiff Royal Infirmary and the Prince of Wales Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil. With his father having been a talented musician, David also held an interest in classical music and chaired the Cardiff Music Music Festival between 1902 and 1907.
His tireless efforts led to him being knighted in 1925 “for public service in Wales.” However, David developed heart problems during December 1925 and suffered a stroke. He never fully recovered and died the following March.
EVANS, Sir David William.
Born – Dowlais, 4 November 1866.
Died – Cardiff, 17 March 1926.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Friendlies – 6 v Colts XX at Cardiff Arms Park, 1891.