AMBROSE, WILLIAM ROBERT (1832 - 1878), Baptist minister and antiquary

Name: William Robert Ambrose
Date of birth: 1832
Date of death: 1878
Parent: William Robert Ambrose
Gender: Male
Occupation: Baptist minister and antiquary
Area of activity: History and Culture; Religion; Scholarship and Languages
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

Born 19 January 1832, at Galltraeth (Bryncroes, Llŷn), son of the Rev. Robert Ambrose (on whom see Spinther, iii, 367) - he was thus cousin to the poet William Ambrose. He was brought up as a tailor, and worked at his craft at Caernarvon, Liverpool, Bangor, Portmadoc, and Tal-y-sarn.In 1856 (at Bangor) he received baptism, and began preaching; and during the last years of his life was a paid minister at Tal-y-sarn, though his preaching was considered uninspiring. At Tal-y-sarn, he took a prominent part in local affairs.

He won several eisteddfodic prizes for verse and prose; but his chief interest was in antiquities, on which he delivered lectures. His claim to remembrance rests upon his good essay Hynafiaethau, Cofiannau, a Hanes Presennol Nant Nantlle (Pen-y-groes, 1872). He was twice married; died 21 December 1878.


Published date: 1959

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