Born at Trefriw, Caernarfonshire in 1828, the son of John Roberts, Tyddyn Gwilym. He was a nephew of Ieuan Glan Geirionydd.
He founded the Gorsedd of Geirionydd (1863), in opposition to the established Gorsedd of the Bards, which he denounced as heretical. Under his presidency as ' Chief Bard Positive,' Arwest Glan Geirionydd, a counter-eisteddfod, with its own gorsedd, was held annually near lake Geirionydd, near the reputed birthplace of Taliesin.
He died early in December 1904 at Llanrwst, and was buried on 8 December in St. Mary's churchyard there.
Published date: 1959
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