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ROBERTS , JOHN ( 1753 - 1834 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. at Blaen-y-garth , Nantlle Vale , brother of the remarkable preacher , Robert Roberts ( 1762 - 1802 ) of Clynnog (q.v.) . He worked for some time in Cilgwyn quarry but, after having had a little education, kept a school in various places, being known for many years as ‘ John Roberts , Lanllyfni .’ He began to preach when he was 27 years of age. After marrying Mrs. Lloyd of Cefn Nannau , Llangwm, Denbs. , he made his home in that neighbourhood. He was ordained minister at the first Calvinistic Methodist ordination , 1811 ; and from 1809 until he d. 3 Nov. 1834 , at the age of 82, continued to live at Llangwm . He was a short man but possessed a strong constitution. He took part in the preparation of the Calvinistic Methodist Confession of Faith and the Rules of Discipline in 1823 , and was regarded as a very able organizer and secretary . Although he had not the fiery eloquence of his brother, Robert Roberts , he was a powerful and fluent preacher , and there were not many who preached so regularly and for so many years in the Association meetings of his denomination both in North and South Wales as he did. [He was b. 8 Aug. 1753 ; Michael Roberts (q.v.) was his son.]


  • Methodistiaeth Cymru (1851–6) , ii, 259;
  • J. Jones , Cofiant a phigion o bregethau y Parch. Michael Roberts, Pwllheli yn cynnwys yr hyn a ysgrifenodd am dano ei hun, ac am ei dad, y Parch. J. Roberts, Llangwm, & (Pwllheli, 1883) ;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd (1895) , ii, 79-89;
  • W. Williams ; Methodistiaeth Dwyrain Meirionydd (1902) , 401-4;
  • J. Evans , Biographical Dictionary of Ministers and Preachers of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Body … to the close of the year 1850 (1907) , 267.


Reverend Richard Thomas, B.A. (1872-1950), Caernarfon

Published date: 1959