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ROBERTS , OWEN MADOC ( 1867 - 1948 ), minister (Meth.) ;

b. in 1867 , son of Captain O. and Elizabeth Roberts , Porthmadog, Caerns. He was brought up in Porthmadog and was educated there and at Menai Bridge Grammar School . He began to preach in his teens and after being accepted as an itinerant preacher he was accepted, in 1888 , as a candidate for the ministry in the Wesleyan Methodist Church . At the end of his training at Didsbury College , Manchester , in 1891 , he was appointed a minister on the Abergele circuit . He was ord. in 1904 , on completion of his term of probation, and he subsequently served the Tre-garth , Caernarfon , Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant , Llangollen , Conwy , Tywyn and Bangor circuits. In 1917 he was elected supervisor of the Book Agency in Bangor , where he remained for 21 yrs. He contributed articles regularly to the Gwyliedydd Newydd , Y Winllan , and Yr Eurgrawn , which he edited for a short period. He was the author of a number of books: Llyfr y Proffwyd Amos ( 1924 ), Pobol Capel Nant y Gro ( 1914 ), and Bywyd Iesu Grist i'r ieuainc ( 1937 ), and he was the biographer ( 1934 ) of Dr. Hugh Jones ( 1837 - 1919 ; DWB , 468) . On behalf of the Wesleyans , he assisted in the publication of the joint hymnal of the two Methodist denominations in 1927 , 1929 . Besides supervising the bookshop , he also served in some Wesleyan district posts, and in 1920 he was president of the Wesleyan Methodist Assembly . In the same yr. he was elected a member of Bangor City Council , an Alderman for the last nine yrs. of his association with that Council. He was mayor of the city, 1935-37 . As a supernumerary minister he continued to live in Bangor , where he was highly respected. He m. Margaret Jane Williams (d. 29 May 1939 ) of Caernarfon , and they had two daughters and a son. He d. 25 Oct. 1948 , 81 yrs. old, and was buried in Llanbeblig churchyard, Caernarfon .


  • Who's who in Wales (1937) ;
  • Minutes of the Wesleyan Conference' , 1949 ;
  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd (Dolgellau) , 141 (1948).


Reverend Eric Edwards, Wrexham

Published date: 2001