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ROBERTS , HUGH ( 1644? - 1702 ), Quaker ;

b. at Ciltalgarth near Bala, Mer. , c. 1644 , son of Robert ap Hugh , of Llwyndedwydd , Llangwm , who had taken Ciltalgarth on lease. He joined the Society of Friends in 1666 and suffered much in consequence; he and his wife were fined ten pounds each for worshipping with Friends in Llwyn-y-brain , Cwmtirmynach , 1675 . He was a member of the deputation which went to London in 1681 to see William Penn in order to discuss the formation of a Welsh settlement in Pennsylvania and he joined with sixteen others from the neighbourhood of Bala in the purchase of parcels of land in what came to be called ‘ Merion ’ (in the ‘ Welsh Tract ’) in Pennsylvania ; it was he who led the second group of settlers from Merioneth — he and his family receiving, 2 May 1683 , a ticket of membership and ownership which entitled them to proceed to Pennsylvania. After he had settled there he became well-known amongst Quakers and travelled much to preach in Maryland , Long Island , Rhode Island , and New England . He visited Wales in 1688 and again ten years later ( 1697-8 ); he states in his journal that he called to see William Penn in London during his visit. He continued to preach and to purchase lands until he d. at Long Island , New York , during the sixth month of 1702 ; he was buried at Merion .


  • J. Bowden The history of the Society of Friends in America (1850, 1854) ;
  • Browning Welsh settlement of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1912) ;
  • Piety Promoted, in a Collection of Dying Sayings of the People called Quakers , 1789 , i, 294-5;
  • Wales, a National Magazine for the English speaking parts of Wales (1894–7) , iii, 335-6, 370-3.


Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959