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ROBERTS , MICHAEL ( 1780 - 1849 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ,

son of the Rev. John Roberts ( 1753 - 1834 ) (q.v.) ; b. at Llanllyfni, Caerns. From 1802 on he lived at Pwllheli , where he kept a school . He began to preach in 1798 and was ordained in 1814 . Like his uncle, Robert Roberts of Clynnog ( 1762 - 1802 ) (q.v.) , he was physically frail but, also like him, he was one of the outstanding preachers of his time. He had a powerful intellect and his method of preaching , especially at times, was electrifying. He is credited with having converted a thousand people at the Llanidloes Association ( 1810 ). His mental break-down , which lasted for twelve years ( 1836-48 ), was a source of grief and loss to the entire nation. Unfortunately, he only recovered for a few months. He d. 29 Jan. 1849 at the age of 68.

Sources:

  • John 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 , 1883 ;
  • Owen Thomas , Cofiant y Parchedig John Jones, Talysarn , New York, 1868 , i, 109, ii, 879;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 504;
  • J. Evans , Biographical Dictionary of Ministers and Preachers of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Body…to the close of the year 1850 , 1907 ;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , ii, 184.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959