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ROBERTS , ROBERT MEIRION ( 1906 - 1967 ), minister (Presb. C. of Wales and Presb. C. of Scotland), philosopher and poet ;

b. 28 Nov. 1906 at Station House , Llandrillo, Mer. , son of Robert and Catherine Elizabeth Roberts . He was educated at elementary schools at Llandrillo and Pentre , near Chirk, Denbs. ; Llangollen county school ; University College , Bangor (where he graduated with first-class honours in philosophy), and at the theological colleges of his denomination at Aberystwyth and Bala . He began to preach in 1924 and was ord. in 1933 . He served as minister of Penuel , Ebbw Vale ( 1933-37 ) and St. David's , Belmont , Shrewsbury ( 1937-38 ). He was a tutor in philosophy and psychology at Coleg Harlech ( 1938-40 ) and a temporary lecturer at Bangor ( 1940 ). He served as an army chaplain ( 1940-46 ), minister of the Welsh church in Laird St. , Birkenhead ( 1946-52 ), and army chaplain once again ( 1952-58 ). He joined the Presbyterian Church of Scotland in 1958 , and was minister of Applegarth parish and Sibaldie , Dumfrieshire , until his d. In 1933 he m. Daisy Harper of Llanrwst and they had two sons and three daughters. He d. 11 Jan. 1967 , and he was buried in Applegarth cemetery.

He took a life-long interest in philosophical studies , and whilst at Bala he found congenial company in the person of Principal David Phillips (see above) — he contributed a memoir of him to the volume Deg o enwogion ( 1959 ). He contributed articles fairly regularly on philosophical and theological topics to Yr Efrydydd , Efrydiau Athronyddol , Y Drysorfa , Y Llenor and Y Drysorfa . He was a member of the British Institute of Philosophy from 1929 onwards. He was also highly regarded as a poet , and much of his poetry is to be found in some of the above-named periodicals. He published two volumes of poetry, namely Plant y llawr ( 1946 ), and Amryw ganu ( 1965 ). One of his poems was selected for inclusion in The Oxford Book of Welsh Verse ( 1962 ).

Sources:

  • Who's who in the Free Churches? (1951) (1951) , 354;
  • information from his wife and his sister Eurwen Jones, St. Dogmaels ;
  • personal acquaintance.

Author:

Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 2001