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GRIFFITHS , ROBERT ( 1805 - 1883 ), engineer and inventor ;

b. 13 Dec. 1805 , at Llewenny farm in the vale of Clwyd, Denbs. As a youth he was apprenticed to a carpenter . He was subsequently employed in engine works at Birmingham . In 1845 he went to France , and, in conjunction with M. Labruère , founded engineering works at Havre . These, however, closed down in about three years. Both on his own, and in collaboration with others, he took out patents for many engineering devices . His best known contribution to engineering was an amended method of screw propulsion for ships . He d. in June 1883 .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 (1908) ;
  • NLW MS 9258;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) (1908)


Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959