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PRYSE , JOHN ( 1826 - 1883 ), printer and publisher .

He was b. in 1826 in Radnorshire , but lived nearly all his life at Llanidloes, Mont. He was apprenticed a shoemaker , but forsook that trade for that of bookseller , to which he subsequently added that of printer . He was a lover of Welsh literature and lore , and published numerous reprints of books relating to Wales , such as Evan Evans 's Specimens of ancient Welsh poetry ; Theophilus Evans , View of the primitive ages ; A. J. Johnes , Causes of dissent in Wales ; and several original works; W. Rowlands 's Cambrian Bibliography , 1869 ; J. Jenkins , The poetry of Wales , 1873 ; Breezes from the Welsh mountains , 1853 ; Pryse's Welsh Interpreter , Pryse's Handbook to the Radnorshire and Breconshire mineral springs . In 1859 he started the publication of the Llanidloes and Newtown Telegraph , a weekly newspaper, the second to be published in Montgomeryshire . Pryse was twice married, his first wife, being the widow of Richard Mills (q.v.) , the musician . He d. 19 Oct. 1883 .

Sources:

  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 ;
  • [ T. Mordaf Pierce , Y Parchedig Humphrey Gwalchmai, y bugail cyntaf un Nghyfundeb y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd gyda threm ar hanes dechreuad yr Achos yn nosbarth Llanidloes , 1908 ].

Author:

Idwal Lewis, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959