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AMBROSE , WILLIAM ROBERT ( 1832 - 1878 ), Baptist minister and antiquary .

Born 19 Jan. 1832 , at Galltraeth ( Bryncroes , Llŷn ), son of the Rev. Robert Ambrose (on whom see Spinther , iii, 367) — he was thus cousin to the poet William Ambrose . He was brought up as a tailor , and worked at his craft at Caernarvon , Liverpool , Bangor , Portmadoc , and Tal-y-sarn .In 1856 (at Bangor ) he received baptism, and began preaching ; and during the last years of his life was a paid minister at Tal-y-sarn , though his preaching was considered uninspiring. At Tal-y-sarn , he took a prominent part in local affairs.

He won several eisteddfodic prizes for verse and prose; but his chief interest was in antiquities , on which he delivered lectures . His claim to remembrance rests upon his good essay Hynafiaethau, Cofiannau, a Hanes Presennol Nant Nantlle ( Pen-y-groes , 1872 ). He was twice m.; d. 21 Dec. 1878 .


  • Y Greal sef Cylchgrawn Misol at wasanaeth y Bedyddwyr , 1880 (with list of his compositions.)


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959