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

Name: Thomas Durston
Date of death: 1767
Gender: Male
Occupation: bookseller and printer
Place: Shrewsbury
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 Llyfr Gweddi Gyffredin y Cydymaith Goreu: Yn y Tŷ a'r Stafell) 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 Trans. Cymm., 1897-8; for the titles of some of his Welsh publications, including ballads, consult the source-books listed below.

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Published date: 1959

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