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RODERICK , DAVID ( 1746 - 1830 ), cleric and schoolmaster ;

b. in 1746 at Llandeilo-fawr, Carms. , son of Thomas Roderick of Llangathen ; a brother of his was, in 1794 , prominent in the affairs of the collieries and the harbour at Llanelly ( Hist. Carms. , ii, 344-5, 390). David Roderick went up in 1764 to Queen's College , Oxford , graduating in 1767 . He became an assistant master at Harrow School , and the only noteworthy fact about him is his loyalty to Samuel Parr ; when Parr (then second master ) left Harrow in 1771 in anger at not being appointed headmaster , the second mastership was offered to Roderick , who refused it on the score that Parr had been unjustly treated. He afterwards held a living in Gloucestershire , but from 1784 was vicar of Cholesbury, Berks. , where he d. 21 Aug. 1830 , aged 84.

Sources:

  • Foster Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Cambrian Quarterly Magazine , four volumes, 1829–33 , iii, 122.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959