DURSTON, THOMAS (died 1767), bookseller and printer at Shrewsbury.

Name: Thomas Durston
Date of death: 1767
Gender: Male
Occupation: bookseller and printer
Area of activity: Business and Industry; Printing and Publishing
Author: William Llewelyn Davies

Although there is no certainty that Thomas Durston was Welsh-speaking, he printed so many Welsh books and ballads at Shrewsbury that he deserves a short mention in this work. He started to print Welsh books in 1711 (for example Y Lyfr Gweddi-Gyffredin, Y Cydymmaith Goreu; yn y ty a'r stafell, cystal ac yn y Deml) and continued to be in business until he died; he was buried 26 September 1767. He had become a freeman of the 'Cornbrethren of Saddlers' at Shrewsbury on 23 May 1714. For his malpractices in regard to the publications of some fellow-printers see J. H. Davies, 'Early Welsh Bibliography,' in The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1897-8; for the titles of some of his Welsh publications, including ballads, consult the source-books listed below.


Published date: 1959

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