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LATHROP , RICHARD (d. 1764 ), bookseller and printer at Shrewsbury .

There is no certainty that he was Welsh and his production of Welsh books, including ballads , was but small compared with that of his Shrewsbury contemporaries, Thomas Durston (q.v.) and Stafford Prys (q.v.) . He began as a master printer in 1738 (see Cambriae Suspiria In Obitum … Reginae Carolinae … Authore Tho. Richards ), and was admitted a freeman of the ‘ Combrethren of Saddlers … ’ on 22 June 1739 . His wife, whom he m. on 14 Feb. 1737/8 , was Mary Hesketh . Lathrop was buried on 1 Nov. 1764 .


  • W. Rowlands , Cambrian Bibliography (Llanidloes, 1869) ;
  • 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