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SALESBURY ( SALISBURY ), HENRY ( 1561 - 1637? ), grammarian ;

b. in Henllan parish, Denbs. , his family being a branch of the old Lleweni family . He graduated in Oxford University ( S. Alban Hall ), studied medicine, and followed the profession of a physician . Dr. John Davies of Mallwyd refers to him as ‘ medicus doctis annumerandus .’ In 1593 he published his Welsh grammar, Grammatica Britannica ( London ). It is also recorded that he had begun another work, a Welsh-Latin dictionary called ‘ Geirva Tavod Cymraec .’ There are Welsh and Latin lines written by him in the form of a cywydd at the beginning of Egluryn Phraethineb , 1595 , by Henry Perri (q.v.) — see the edition of that book published by the University of Wales Press , 1930 . He is believed to have been the Henry Salesbury who d. at Chester , 6 Oct. 1637 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Author:

Sir Thomas Herbert Parry-Williams, D.Litt., (1887-1975), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959