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ADAMS , ROGER (d. 1741 ), bookseller and printer at Chester .

Although he may not have been a Welshman , Roger Adams , who was admitted a freeman of Chester on 20 Feb. 1713/4 , merits a note as he was one of the earliest printers of Welsh books and ballads at Chester : his first book was (probably) Ystyriaethau o Gyflwr Dyn , 1724 . In 1730 he had started to print Adams's Chester Weekly Courant , and in 1739 he printed John Reynolds , The Scripture Genealogy and Display of Herauldry . His widow, ELIZABETH ADAMS , who printed D. Jones , Cydymaith Diddan , in 1766 , also printed a large number of ballads, particularly in 1752 and 1753 .


  • Morris Parry , ‘Chester Welsh Printing,’ in Journal of the Architectural, Archaeological and Historic Society of Chester and North Wales , 1915 and Gwasg Gymraeg Caerlleon (Caerleon, 1931) ;
  • Ifano Jones , A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 (1925) ;
  • J. H. Davies , A Bibliography of Welsh Ballads printed in the 18th century (1908-11) .


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959