ROBERTS, MORRIS (Morris ap Robert; died c. 1723), poet, and carpenter

Name: Morris Roberts
Date of death: c. 1723
Child: Margaret Evans (née Roberts)
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet, and carpenter
Area of activity: Business and Industry; Poetry
Author: Ray Looker

a native of Tynllidiart, Llanuwchllyn, Meironnydd, who later lived at Bala. He was a Congregationalist. His daughter married John Evans of Bala, Methodist exhorter (1723 - 1817). Examples of his poetry, in strict and free metres, are found in manuscript; they include cywyddau, one on Bala Lake, and another on Judgement Day, and englynion composed to each other by Richard John Jenkin and himself. A number of free-metre poems, mainly on religious and moral themes, also remain; six of them are included in Blodeu-Gerdd Cymry. No details are known concerning the poet's life, but a number of anecdotes about him are found in Y Brython (Tremadoc), Y Gwyliedydd, Llyfryddiaeth y Cymry, and in Hanes Eglwysi Annibynol Cymru. Some of his work was printed by O. M. Edwards in Beirdd y Berwyn and Beirdd y Bala (both in ' Cyfres y Fil'). And many years after Morris Roberts's death, William Thomas (1749 - 1809), Independent minister at Bala, printed (Tre-vecka, 1793) a religious tract by him, Cyngor i'r Cynmry mewn Deuddeg o Bennodau.


Published date: 1959

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