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ROBERTS , WILLIAM ( 1828 - 1872 ), Congregational college tutor ;

b. 1 July 1828 at Dowlais , son of Daniel Roberts , minister of Bryn Seion Congregational church ( H. Egl. Ann. , ii, 280-1). From Ffrŵd-y-fâl Academy he went in 1845 to Coward College in London , but almost immediately removed to Carmarthen Presbyterian College . With a Dr. Williams scholarship ( 1850 ) he went up to Glasgow University , where he remained for three years; but though he won a Latin medal , ill health forced him to leave without a degree. He was prone to melancholy , and an unwilling (and indifferent) preacher ; so, after teaching in various schools in England , he opened a grammar school at Cardiff . In 1856 he was appointed to succeed Edward Davies ( 1796 - 1857 ) (q.v.) as classical tutor at Brecon Congregational College . He was joint-editor of Y Beirniad from 1859 till 1872 . In 1872 his mind became deranged , and he d. at Malvern on 9 March .

Sources:

  • Y Beiriniad , (1) 1859–71; (2) 1911–19 , 1874 ;
  • Album Aberhonddu…o'r flwyddyn 1755 hyd 1880 , 1898 ;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959