Garrod Thomas

Sir Abraham Garrod Thomas (5 October 1853 – 30 January 1931) was a Welsh physician, philanthropist, magistrate, politician and Member of Parliament.

Sir Abraham Garrod Thomas
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Member of Parliament for South Monmouthshire
In office
13 July 1917 – 25 November 1918
Preceded byIvor Herbert
Succeeded byOffice Abolished
Personal details
Born5 October 1853
Panteryrod, Cardiganshire, Wales
Died30 January 1931 (aged 77)
RelativesJohn Aeron Thomas (brother)
EducationMilford Haven
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
  • Physician
  • Philanthropist
  • Politician
Known for


He was born at Panteryrod, near Aberaeron, in Cardiganshire, the son of Lewis Thomas; his older brother John Aeron Thomas, a solicitor and businessman, was also a Member of Parliament.[1][2][3] He was a Welsh speaker to age 13, and was educated at Milford Haven. At the University of Edinburgh he graduated M.B. in 1876, and that year also became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. After graduation he studied at Berlin and Vienna. He became M.D. at Edinburgh in 1878,[4] and started work in Newport, Monmouthshire.[1][2] In 1892 he founded the South Wales Argus.[5] In 1915 he donated the house at 25 Clytha Park, Newport for the treatment of tuberculous children.[6] He owned the Mansion House, Newport.[7]


Thomas was appointed High Sheriff of Cardiganshire for 1900.[8] He was elected Liberal Member of Parliament for South Monmouthshire in a 1917 by-election, but did not stand again.[2] At the time of the Newport by-election, in 1922, he was President of the local Liberal Association and was first approached to stand as Liberal candidate, but in the end William Lyndon Moore was chosen, a neutral in the conflict between Asquith Liberals and supporters of Lloyd George.[9]


In 1879 Thomas married Eleanor, daughter of Richard Hughes Richards of Newport.[1] The chemist Richard Noel Garrod-Thomas was their son.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Debrett's House of Commons (1918), p. 160;
  2. ^ a b c "Sir A. Garrod Thomas, Ll.d., M.d". British Medical Journal. 1 (3658): 288. 1931. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.3658.288. PMC 2313772. PMID 20776010.
  3. ^ Debrett's House of Commons (1901), p. 148;
  4. ^ Thomas, Abraham Garrod (1878). "On the effects of fright". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Viscount Camrose, British Newspapers and their Controllers (1947), p. 134;
  6. ^ "Welsh Outlook" – Vol. 2, No. 2 Feb. 1915. Retrieved on 2014-06-06.
  7. ^, "Mansion House, Newport" Archived 10 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2014-06-06.
  8. ^ "No. 27171". The London Gazette. 6 March 1900. p. 1520.
  9. ^ Chris Cook; John Ramsden (1 October 1997). By-Elections In British Politics. Psychology Press. pp. 24–5. ISBN 978-1-85728-535-2. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  10. ^ Edward Hilliard (editor), The Balliol College Register 1832–1914 (1914), p. 119;
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for South Monmouthshire
Constituency abolished