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ROBERTS , JOHN ( Siôn Lleyn ; 1749 - 1817 ), poet, schoolmaster, and religious pioneer ;

b. at Chwilog Bach , Llanystumdwy, Caerns. He showed literary talent when he was quite young and published a poem — ‘ Barn Duw ’ — before he left his native parish. It would appear that he was a bardic pupil of David Thomas ( Dafydd Ddu Eryri , q.v.) ; there is an awdl by him in Cyhoeddiadau Cymdeithas y Gwyneddigion , 1801 . About the year 1802 he published Marwnad … Robert Roberts, Clynnog , and, in 1815 , Caniadau Newyddion . He removed to Pwllheli and was a schoolmaster there; he was the principal founder of the Calvinistic Methodist cause at Pen-mount chapel in that town and of a Sunday school which flourished some time before Robert Raikes and Thomas Charles (of Bala ) began to institute their Sunday schools . Some of his poems were included by David Thomas ( Dafydd Ddu Eryri ) in Corph y Gaingc ; see also Adgof uwch anghof by John Jones ( Myrddin Fardd ) , and the Myrddin Fardd manuscripts in N.L.W. Siôn Lleyn wrote some hymns also. He d. 7 May 1817 and was buried in Deneio churchyard, Pwllheli .

Sources:

  • ‘Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon’ and ‘Arloeswyr Sir Gaernarfon’, two (unpublished) essays by Robert Owen ;
  • Trysorfa Ysprydol yn cynnwys amrywiaeth o bethau ar amcan crefyddol, yn athrawiaethol, yn annogaethol, yn hanesiol, &c., ynghyd ag ychydig farddoniaeth (Caerleon) , i, 63, 265, 363;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , May 1895.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959