The surname ‘ Roberts ’ does not emerge in Gruffydd Llwyd 's family until we come to the sons of one of his descendants, ROBERT AB IFAN . But it is clear that the family was by that time domiciled within Beaumaris borough. This Robert 's first wife ( J. E. Griffith , op. cit., 74) was Margaret , daughter of ‘ Old ’ Richard Johnson — the Johnsons and the Thicknesses (connected by marriage) were the commercial magnates of Beaumaris , and we note the intromission of Welshmen from the countryside into the privileged Englishry of the borough. Robert ab Ifan 's second wife was a Welshwoman ; a son of this marriage, LEWIS ROBERTS , m. a daughter of ‘ Young ’ Richard Johnson , and had a son named GABRIEL ROBERTS (his will, proved in 1614, reveals that he was a father and grandfather). His first wife was Anne, daughter of John Hawarden of Appleton near Widnes. Two of this Gabriel 's sons call for notice:
Of his children, the eldest was Sir GABRIEL ROBERTS , ‘ Aleppo merchant ’ and vice-governor of the Africa Company , knighted at New Year, 1678 . His name recurs frequently in the Memoirs of the Verney Family (iii and iv — indexes), which speak very highly of him. His brother, WILLIAM ROBERTS , is taken by M. P. Ashley ( Financial and Commercial Policy of the Protectorate , 1934 ) to have been the ‘ Sir William Roberts ’ who was a commissioner and auditor of the Treasury under the Commonwealth ( Firth and Rait , Acts … of the Interregnum , indexes); but it is hard to see how one born at the earliest in 1630 could have risen so high by 1649 ; and in the Verney Memoirs , William is invariably styled ‘Mr.’ Clearly, he was living at Aleppo in 1662 , superintending his brother Gabriel 's ‘factory’ there; his ‘pride and stubbornness’ are spoken of. Of Lewis Roberts 's two daughters, ANN married George Hanger, a wealthy Levant merchant, whose son John became governor of the Bank of England, and DELICIA (qu. Dilys ) m. John Nelson , a ‘ Turkey merchant ,’ and became the mother of Robert Nelson .
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 1959