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ROBERTS , ROBERT ( 1774 - 1849 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and hymnist ;

b. at S. Asaph , and given a good general education, he became a whitesmith . He seems to have led an irregular life until he was converted to religion under the preaching of Robert Prys ( 1738 - 1809 ) of Plas-winter ; he thereupon joined the Methodists , despite his father's opposition; and in or about 1805 became a preacher . His wife d., and he m. again ( 1813 ), a widow called Clarke , of Tan-y-clawdd farm , Rhosllannerch-rugog ; he gave up his craft and went to live on that farm — he is generally known as ‘ Robert Roberts of Rhos .’ According to Roger Edwards (q.v.) his preaching was of a philosophical cast, and his views brought him (as they brought John Jones of Tal-y-sarn , John Hughes , 1796 - 1860 , and Morris Roberts , qq.v.) into great disfavour with the reactionaries among the Flintshire Methodists c. 1828-41 ; nor did his own sharp tongue lessen this disfavour. He narrowly escaped excommunication — even so, his ordination was deferred till 1832 , when he was 58 and had been a preacher for more than twenty-five years. He wrote many hymns ; these, with some other verse of his, were printed in Y Traethodydd , and some of them will be found in Emynau y Cysegr . He d. suddenly, 14 Aug. 1849 , aged 75.


  • Methodistiaeth Cymru (1851–6) , iii, 108-9;
  • Edward Jones , Y gymdeithasfa yn cynnwys gweithrediadau cymdeithasfa chwarterol y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yn ngogledd Cymru, a'r gymanfa gyffredinol ynghyda'r ordeiniadau gweinidogaethol, a'r arholiadau cymdeithasfaol, yn y gogledd a'r deheudir, hyd y flwyddyn 1890 (Caernarfon, 1891) , 477;
  • Owen Thomas , Cofiant y Parchedig John Jones, Talysarn (New York, 1868) , 571-604;
  • M. Davies , Emynwyr Gwynedd traethawd buddugol yn Eisteddfod y Bala, Llungwyn, 1904 (Bala, 1905) .


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

Published date: 1959