Sir Hugh Owen (14 January 1804 - 20 November 1881) was a Welsh educationist who was active in London.

Born in Anglesey, North Wales, Owen came to London in March 1825 to work as a solicitor's clerk. He initially intended to train as a solicitor, but instead took a position at the poor Law Commission at Somerset House in 1836. he rose to chief clerk of the successor Poor Law Board, retiring in 1872.

He was briefly a member of the London School Board, elected to fill a casual vacancy in the representation of Finsbury in April 1872.

By this time he had become involved in the campaign to open a new University for Wales in Aberystwyth, and he decided not to defend his seat at the next triennial school board elections in November 1873. He was knighted in August 1881.

In November 1881 he travelled to the south of France in due to poor health, but died shortly afterwards. He was buried in Abney Park Cemetery.


  • "Death of Sir Hugh Owen". North Wales Chronicle. 26 November 1881. 

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