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ROBERTS , ELEAZAR ( 1825 - 1912 ), musician ;

b. 15 Jan. 1825 , at Pwllheli, Caerns. , the son of John and Margaret Roberts , who moved to Liverpool two months after he was born. After attending the Owen Brown school , Rose Place , and the Liverpool Institute , he started to work when he was 13 in a solicitor's office . In 1853 he became a member of the staff in the office of the clerk to the Liverpool magistrates and, in course of time, he became chief assistant to the clerk to the stipendiary magistrate , a position he held until his retirement; he himself was elected a justice of the peace in 1895 , the year following that of his retirement.

Eleazar Roberts contributed to such journals as Y Drysorfa , Y Traethodydd , and Y Geninen ; he also wrote a weekly article to Yr Amserau over the pseudonym ‘ Meddyliwr .’ He translated into Welsh the two volumes of the work by Dr. Dick on The Solar System and frequently lectured on astronomy in various parts of Wales ; he wrote a life of Henry Richard (q.v.) (‘ Apostle of Peace ’) , and an English novel, Owen Rees , which describes life in the Welsh community in Liverpool . He was a pioneer of the Tonic Sol-fa system in Wales , travelling throughout the country to expound it and to establish music classes . He published Llawlyfr y Tonic Solffa , Llawlyfr Caniadaeth , Llawlyfr i ddarllen yr Hen Nodiant , and Hymnau a Thonau . He was precentor at Netherfield Road C.M. chapel , Liverpool , and it was he who, with John Edwards , conducted the first Welsh singing festival held in Liverpool , in 1880 . He d. 6 April 1912 , and was buried in Anfield cemetery , Liverpool .


  • J. Hughes Morris , Hanes Methodistiaeth Liverpool (Liverpool, 1929-1932) ;
  • J. Thickens , Emynau a'u Hawduriaid (1945) ;
  • Y Cerddor , Aug. 1896 and May 1912.


Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn

Published date: 1959