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ROWLAND (or ROULAND) , DAVID , ‘of Anglesey ’ ( fl. 16th cent. ), translator , etc.

Anthony Wood ( Athen. Oxon. ) says that he was a native of Anglesey , who, after reading for some time at S. Mary's Hall , Oxford , and leaving without a degree, became tutor to the son of the earl of Lennox , travelled, and obtained some knowledge of modern languages . After his return he became a tutor of Greek and Latin and wrote for the use of his pupils A Comfortable Aid for Scholars, full of variety of Sentences, gathered out of an Italian author ( London , 1578 ). He is better known to posterity as the person who ‘drew out of Spanish The Pleasaunt Historie of Lazarillo de Tormes, a Spaniarde, wherein is contained his maruelous deedes and life. With the straunge aduentures happened to him in the seruice of sundrie Masters ( London , 1586 ; and subsequent editions). The 1586 edition is dedicated ‘ To the right Worshipful Sir Thomas Gressam Knight .’ Rowland wrote ‘ an epytaphe of my Lorde of Pembroke ’; he was also acquainted with the poet George Turbervile , author of The Noble Arte of Venerie or Hunting .


  • J. E. V. Crofts (ed.), The Pleausant Historie of Lazarillo de Tormes, Drawen out of Spanish by David Rouland of Anglesey, 1586 (Oxford, 1924) , 1586 (Oxford, 1924 ); no. vii of ‘The Percy Reprints’).


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959