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DURSTON , THOMAS (d. 1767 ), bookseller and printer at Shrewsbury .

Although there is no certainty that Thomas Durston was Welsh -speaking, he printed so many Welsh books and ballads at Shrewsbury that he deserves a short mention in this work. He started to print Welsh books in 1711 (for example Y Llyfr Gweddi Gyffredin y Cydymaith Goreu: Yn y Tŷ a'r Stafell ) and continued to be in business until he d.; he was buried 26 Sept. 1767 . He had become a freeman of the ‘ Cornbrethren of Saddlers ’ at Shrewsbury on 23 May 1714 . For his malpractices in regard to the publications of some fellow-printers see J. H. Davies , ‘ Early Welsh Bibliography ,’ in Trans. Cymm. , 1897-8 ; for the titles of some of his Welsh publications, including ballads, consult the source-books listed below.


  • W. Rowlands , Cambrian Bibliography (Llanidloes, 1869) and his articles in Y Traethodydd , 1850 ;
  • J. H. Davies , A Bibliography of Welsh Ballads printed in the 18th century (1908-11) ;
  • Ifano Jones , A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 (1925) ;
  • Llewelyn C. Lloyd , ‘The Book-Trade in Shropshire’ in Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History Society , 1935 , 1936 .


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

Published date: 1959