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ROBERTS , ROBERT ( 1777 - 1836 ), almanack-maker and printer ;

b. in 1777 , son of John Roberts ( Siôn Robert Lewis ) (q.v.) whom he succeeded as the publisher and compiler of the popular Holyhead almanacks known as Cyfaill Glandeg , Cyfaill Taeredd , etc., for the years 1805 to 1837 . These almanacks were printed by John Jones of Trefriw under a fictitious Dublin imprint in order to avoid Government tax. He also published Eurgrawn Môn, neu y Drysorfa Hanesyddol , 1825-6 , which ceased publication after twenty-one numbers. Roberts was also the author of Daearyddiaeth Gymreig ( Chester , 1816 ) and a book on astrology — Seryddiaeth neu lyfr gwybodaeth yn dangos rheoliad y planedau ar bersonau dynion ( Llanrwst , 1830 ). He d. 2 Aug. 1836 at the age of 58.

Sources:

  • Seren Gomer , 1836 ;
  • T. M. Jones , Llenyddiaeth fy Ngwlad , 1893 ;
  • Ifano Jones , A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 , 1925 ;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries, Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department , 1898 .

Author:

Thomas Isfryn Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959