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ROBERTS , RICHARD ( GWYLFA ) ( 1871 - 1935 ), Congregational minister, poet and prose-writer ;

b. 24 May (according to Who's Who in Wales , presumably his own statement), but according to some obituary notices, 22 May 1871 , at Penmaenmawr , son of Richard and Ellen Roberts . He was at Botwnnog grammar school , and in 1892 went to Bala-Bangor Independent College . In 1895 he became pastor at Felinheli (‘ Port Dinorwic ’); from 1898 till his death he was pastor of Tabernacle church , Llanelly . He was a popular preacher , and a diligent writer ; a frequent contributor to the periodical press , he was editor of Y Diwygiwr for 1906 , one of the editors of Y Dysgedydd , 1912-14 , and sole editor of it in 1931-3 . In 1932 he edited the works of Rhys J. Huws (q.v.) . He was on two occasions ( Ffestiniog , 1898 , and Cardiff , 1899 ) ‘crowned’ at the national eisteddfod , and was runner-up for the ‘crown’ at Swansea , 1907 In 1898 he published a volume of poetry, Y Drain Gwynion . He was ‘ recorder ’ of the ‘ Gorsedd of Bards ’ at the time of his death; he d. 8 July 1935 at Penmaenmawr , and was buried at Llanelly .


  • Y Dysgedydd , 1935 ;
  • Dyddiadur yr Annibynwyr (Dolgellau) , 1936 ;
  • other obituary notices.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959