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ROBERTS , THOMAS FRANCIS ( 1860 - 1919 ), principal, University College, Aberystwyth ;

b. at Aberdyfi , 25 Sept. 1860 , eldest son of Thomas Roberts , sergeant of police , and Anne his wife. He was educated at Towyn and the University College of Wales , Aberystwyth . From there he went, in 1879 , as a scholar to S. John's College , Oxford , where he obtained 1st classes in classical honour moderations ( 1881 ), and litterae humaniores ( 1883 ). He took his B.A. in 1883 , and in the same year was appointed the first professor of Greek at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire , Cardiff . He took his M.A. in 1886 , and in 1891 returned to Aberystwyth as principal , succeeding T. C. Edwards (q.v.) . He held this post till his death at Westcliff-on-Sea , on 4 Aug. 1919 . He was buried at Aberystwyth . Roberts took an active part in the early development of the University of Wales and of the Welsh intermediate school system . His quiet, devoted, and scholarly nature endeared him to generations of students and colleagues. He m., 1893 , Mary Elizabeth , daughter of Robert Davies , Cardiff , who, with one son, survived him.


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Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959