James Emerson Williams

(21 May 1815-26 March 1886)

From 1850 to the time of his death, he was the actuary and paid officer of the Cardiff Savings Bank in Duke Street. He enjoyed the respect and complete confidence of the trustees and managers of the bank, as well of his fellow-citizens at Cardiff, where he held various public offices.

Upon his death, however, it was ascertained that he had been guilty of fraud, and had abstracted very large sums of money which ought to have been found in the coffers of the bank, whose assets were insufficient to meet the claims against it by many thousands of pounds. Under these circumstances the bank suspended payment in April, 1886.

Source: Connect Cathays