Dictionary of Welsh Biography


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PROBERT , WILLIAM ( 1790 - 1870 ), Unitarian minister and author ;

b. at Painscastle, Rads. , 11 Aug. 1790 . His parents farmed a small freehold . In early life he became a Wesleyan Methodist and was appointed local preacher , ministering successively in Bolton , Leeds , Liverpool , and in Staffordshire . He adopted Unitarian views in 1815 and was appointed in 1821 to the Unitarian chapel at Walmsley near Bolton , where he spent the next forty-eight years of his life. He was an antiquary , an Oriental scholar , and an authority on Welsh laws and customs . He was a master of the Welsh language , receiving several medals from learned societies for accounts of Welsh castles and for translations from Welsh into English . He was the author of many works, all showing his wide and varied knowledge, e.g. Calvinism and Arminianism , 1815 ; The Gododin being translations from the Welsh , 1820 ; Ancient Laws of Cambria , 1823 ; Elements of Chaldee and Hebrew Grammar , 1832 ; Hebrew and English Concordance , 1838 ; Hebrew and English Lexicon Grammar , 1850 ; Laws of Hebrew Poetry , 1860 ; he also wrote a ‘ History of Walmsley Chapel ’ which appeared in the Christian Reformer , 1834 .

In 1814 he m. Margaret Carr of Broxton , Cheshire , by whom he had six children. He d. at Dimple , Turton , 1 April 1870 .

Sources:

  • The Unitarian Herald , 1870 ;
  • Scholes , Bolton Bibliography, and jottings of book-lore; with notes on local authors and printers , Bolton, 1886 ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Author:

Thomas Isfryn Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959