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PRICE , ROGER ( 1834 - 1900 ), missionary under the London Missionary Society, and linguist ;

christened 24 Feb. 1834 at [ Alltarnog ], Merthyr Cynog , Brecknock [son of Roger and Jane Price , who moved to Penbryn-glas , Llandyfaelog , Brecknock , c. 1838 ]; he was a member at Bethania , Merthyr Cynog . He studied at Western College , Plymouth , and was appointed by the L.M.S. in 1858 for the Makololo mission in Africa . Fever and war delayed the expedition, taking from him his wife and child. Falling back on Kuruman , his second attempt failed. Later he was transferred to the east coast, attacking the Tanganyika area from Zanzibar ; he established a mission there. In 1883-4 he visited North Bechuanaland and Matabeleland , and on 28 July 1884 was appointed [ principal of] the Moffat Institution at Kuruman , where he d. on 21 Jan. 1900 . In 1896 he completed a translation of the Old Testament .

Sources:

  • G. Penar Griffith , Cenhadon Cymreig ;
  • E. Lewis Evans , Cymru a'r Gymdeithas Genhadol, sef hanes ei Chychwyn , 1945 .

Author:

Reverend Dr Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea

Published date: 1959