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ROSS , JOHN ( 1729? - 1807 ), printer and publisher at Carmarthen .

Very few biographical details concerning John Ross are available. He had learnt his trade in London , began to print books , etc., in Carmarthen in 1763 (for a year or two with Rhys Thomas , q.v.) , and continued to do so until 1807 , the year of his death. A few books printed at the end of the 18th cent. were produced jointly by Ross and John Daniel (q.v.) . During the half-century of his working life Ross produced more books in Welsh or relating to Wales than were printed by all his contemporaries in Wales and the border put together. Some of the productions involved much time, labour, and considerable expense, e.g. three editions of the Welsh Bible known as ‘ Peter Williams 's Bible .’ Ross was one of the two sheriffs for the town of Carmarthen in 1785 . He d. in the latter half of Oct. 1807 , aged 78. His daughter , ANN SCOTT , continued the business for a while after her father's death. She d. 24 Sept. 1842 , aged 107.


  • John Davies , Rhestr o lyfrau argraffedig yng Nghaerfyrddin gan John Ross rhwng y blynyddoedd 1763 a 1807 (Carmarthen, 1916) (Carmarthen, 1916 );
  • J. Ifano Jones , A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 (1925) (Cardiff, 1925 );
  • The Carmarthen Antiquary passim ;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iii, 430;
  • J. Dyfnallt Owen , Hanes Eglwys Heol Awst, Caerfyrddin (1926) , 25-6.


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959