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REES , ROBERT OLIVER ( 1819 - 1881 ), apothecary, publisher, and author ;

b. at Dolgelley — his mother ( Catherine Rees ) was a descendant of the family of Owen of Pantphylip , Llangelynnin , Merioneth . He knew Evan Jones ( Ieuan Gwynedd ) (q.v.) and published a biography of that writer, 1876 . He arranged for the publication of Cysondeb y Pedair Efengyl ( E. Robinson ), 1855 , the works of David Richards ( Dafydd Ionawr ) and poems by Sarah Jane Rees ( Cranogwen ) (qq.v.). A small book which he wrote on Mary Jones , the young Merioneth Welshwoman whose long walk to Bala in order to procure from Thomas Charles (q.v.) a copy of the Welsh Bible led, indirectly, to the foundation of the British and Foreign Bible Society , proved exceedingly popular; it was translated into the language of the Khassis , Assam . R. O. Rees was also largely instrumental in arranging for the erecting of the statue of Thomas Charles at Bala . He d. 12 Feb. 1881 .

Sources:

  • R. Prys Morris , Cantref Meirionydd ei chwedlau, ei hynafiaethau, a'i hanes , 1890 , 227-8;
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles , Denbigh, 1908 , ii, 518, iii, 598;
  • C. Tawelfryn Thomas , Cofiant darluniadol mewn rhyddiaeth a chan i'r diweddar Barch. Evan Jones (Ieuan Gwynedd), amddiffynydd merched Cymru , Dolgellau, 1909 ;
  • Robert James (Trebor), Dolgellau yn hanesyddol gydag amryw ddarluniau , Dolgellau, 1907 1907

Author:

Rev. Daniel Williams, (1878-1968), Llangollen

Published date: 1959