PRYS, STAFFORD (1732 - 1784), bookseller and printer of books at Shrewsbury;

Name: Stafford Prys
Date of birth: 1732
Date of death: 1784
Spouse: Ann Prys (née Bright)
Parent: Mary Price (née Evans)
Parent: Stafford Price
Gender: Male
Occupation: bookseller and printer of books
Place: Shrewsbury
Area of activity: Business and Industry; Literature and Writing; Printing and Publishing
Author: William Llewelyn Davies

christened in 1732, the second son of Stafford Price, M.D., and Mary (Evans) — the father of the family of Pertheirin, Llanwnnog, Montgomeryshire, and the mother of the family of Stradling, S. Donats, Glamorganshire Stafford Prys was apprenticed to Thomas Durston, 21 November 1750, and became a freeman of the ‘Combrethren of Saddlers …’, Shrewsbury, on 24 May 1758, the year in which he started as a master-printer in that town; on his death, in 1784, the business was continued by his wife Ann Prys (1737 - 1826), daughter of Thomas Bright, Shrewsbury. Stafford Prys printed a large number of Welsh books and ballads at Shrewsbury; for the titles of some of them see the source-books listed below. In one of his first (1758) publications, a ballad, he announces to his ‘Cydwladwyr y Cymru’ (‘his fellow-country men the Welsh’) that he has just set up a printing press.


Published date: 1959

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