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ROBERTS , THOMAS ( 1835 - 1899 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. at the Green , near Denbigh , 19 Aug. 1835 , son of John and Jane Powel Roberts . For a short time he attended the school kept by Jonah Lloyd , an Independent preacher ; after which he went for a year as a farmer's boy to his uncle at Tŷ-draw , near Mold . After that, he went to the British School at Denbigh where Macaulay , the schoolmaster , was kind to him. He served his apprenticeship in the office of Thomas Gee (q.v.) , where he remained from 1850 to 1859 , first as a compositor and then as one of Gee 's assistant editors , and where he wrote extensively for the Faner Fach . In Jan. 1859 the Calvinistic Methodists ’ monthly meeting, held at Llanelidan , arranged for him to start preaching , and he went to Bala C.M. College , where he spent the next five years, leaving in April 1864 . His first church was at Colwyn , where he remained for two and a half years. In Jan. 1867 he was put in charge of the churches of Jerusalem ( Bethesda ) and Ty'n-y-maes , and was ordained in June the same year. In 1870 he m. the daughter of the Rev. Rees Jones of Port Dinorwic ; they had one son, Arthur Rees , solicitor , who died young. He was moderator of the North Wales Assembly in 1893 , and secretary of the North Wales Home Mission , 1889-99 , his annual report being published as an appendix to the Drysorfa . He was an excellent writer , a powerful preacher , and a keen student of the works of Morgan Llwyd (q.v.) . He d. at Bangor , 24 Nov. 1899 .


  • Trysorfa y Plant , July 1898 ;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1900 , 147, 255;
  • Owen Evans , Dinbych - yn ei Hynafiaeth a'i Henwogion (Denbigh, 1907) .


Reverend Dr John Owen, M.A., D.D. (1864-1953), Morfa Nefyn

Published date: 1959