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ROBERTS , ROBERT ( 1680 - 1741 ), cleric ;

b. in 1680 , son of Henry Roberts , ‘ gent . , of Llandyssen, Denbs. ’ — presumably Llandysilio , near Llangollen . He matriculated from Jesus College , Oxford , in March 1698/9 , ‘aged 18,’ and graduated in 1702 . In 1709 he was appointed vicar of Chirk , remaining there till his death there in 1741 , at the age of 61, according to his tombstone. He published, in 1720 , a bilingual booklet entitled in English , A duo-glott-exposition of the Creed, the ten Commandments and the Lords Prayer, calculated for the borders of England and Wales, but particularly for the use of the parish of Chirk, whose inhabitants are partly Welsh and partly English, by R. R. A. M. Vicar of the said parish of Chirk . [ Motto ] Shrewsbury printed, by Thomas Durston [without date], and in Welsh Sacrament Catechism, neu Gatechism i barattoi rhai i dderbyn Sacrament Swpper yr Arglwydd .


  • Foster Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Cambrian Bibliography (Llanidloes, 1869) , 326;
  • Thomas A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , ii, 276;
  • information from the late Mr. J. J. Jones , Keeper of Printed Books at N.L.W.


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

Published date: 1959