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ROBERTS , EDWARD ( Iorwerth Glan Aled ; 1819 - 1867 ), poet and writer ;

b. 5 Jan. 1819 at Llansannan, Denbs. , son of Peter Roberts , Calvinistic Methodist minister . He was an apprentice in a shop at Abergele before he went to Bala C.M. College . He afterwards had a shop in Rhuddlan , whence he moved to Denbigh . He started to preach in the Baptist chapel at Denbigh and was ordained ( 29 Sept. 1842 ) as minister of that congregation; he ministered afterwards at Liverpool and at Rhymney, Mon. He wrote much to journals and newspapers and published several works (mainly booklets), such as Dyddanion, neu Hanesion Difyrus a Buddiol , 1838 ; Y Weithred o Fedyddio , 1849 ; Cerdd Allwyn, er Coffadwriaeth am E. Jones, ‘Ieuan Gwynedd … ,’ 1853 ; Palestina , 1851 ; Y Llenor Diwylliedig, sef Llawlyfr yr Ysgrifenydd, yr Areithydd, a'r Bardd , 1862 ; Mel-Ddyferion Barddonawl , 1862 — for a fuller list see the short memoir (by his nephew, Edward Jones , Pwllheli ) in Gwaith Barddonol Iorwerth Glan Aled ( Liverpool , 1890 ). He was married twice. He d. at Rhyl , 18 Feb. 1867 , and was buried at Llansannan .

Sources:

  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 , and the sources listed therein;
  • NLW MSS 2371, 8440, 13738.

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959