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ROBERTS , PETER ( fl. 1578-1646 ), attorney and chronicler ;

b. 2 Feb. 1577/1578 , son of Robert ap Hywel ap Rhys , of Bron-yr-wylfa , near S. Asaph , and his wife Agnes — a Griffith of Gwern-eigron ; he probably went to S. Asaph cathedral school . By 1599 he was notary public at S. Asaph , and in 1624 (30 June) he was appointed proctor in the bishop's court . In 1606 he m. Jane , one of the daughters of David ap Lewis ap Gronw , of Meiriadog ; and he lived in one of the houses on that estate till 1622 , when his father left him sufficient money to build the house of Fron-goch nearby. He had a son and four daughters. The time of his death is not known, but the entries in his chronicle come down to the end of 1646 . He wrote Y Cwtta Cyfarwydd , a most interesting assemblage of information about the history of the region around S. Asaph ; it extends from 1607 down to 1646 , and was printed in 1883 by D. R. Thomas (q.v.) , on whose preface the present note has been based.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959