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Roberts, William, Abergele, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WILRTS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: William Roberts (Abergele) Papers

Short Title: Roberts, William, Abergele, papers

Creation date(s): 1850-1954

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.086 cubic metres (3 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Rev. William Roberts (1830-1886); Reverend Canon William Prys James Darbyshire-Robert (1912-80)


Administrative/Biographical history: The Rev. William Roberts (1830-1886) was a minister and evangelist. He was a schoolmaster at Tywyn, Abergele, Denbighshire, 1855-1859, and minister of Mynydd Seion Calvinistic Methodist chapel, Abergele, 1861-1880, and also undertook preaching tours. He wrote poetry and essays for entry in eisteddfod competitions and also adjudicated in eisteddfodau. He had a number of descendants who were clergy or nonconformist ministers. These include the Rev. Charles Williams (fl. 1874-[c. 1916]), Prestatyn, and the Rev. Edward Thomas, Diserth, Flintshire, his sons-in-law; and his sons Rev. John Bevan Roberts (fl. [1886]-[1940s]), rector of Martindale, Cumberland, and Rev. Robert Darbyshire Roberts. His grandson was the Reverend Canon William Prys James Darbyshire-Robert (1912-1980), vicar of Colwyn, Clwyd, who was also descended from Robert John Pryse (Gweirydd ap Rhys, 1807-1889).


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of William Roberts including letters to him, 1850-1886, and notebooks containing drafts and copies of letters from him, 1869-1878; sermons and sermon notes; notes and notebooks on genealogy and local history, 1867-1885, and papers relating to his work as minister and evangelist, 1861-1884; material relating to the Denbighshire Monthly Meeting (Presbytery) of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church, [c. 1868]-1870; literary compositions including poems and essays, 1863-1881; newspaper cuttings, 1870-1889; family papers including biographical material of William Roberts compiled by Charles Williams, [c. 1916]; letters, especially to Charles Williams and Mrs Edward Thomas, 1874-1954; a diary of a sea voyage, [1892?]; and sermons of Rev. John Bevan Roberts, [1930s]-[1940s].


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: William Roberts Papers; other family papers.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1983, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: The papers were inherited and added to by William Prys James Darbyshire-Robert.

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Mrs. Swsan Heywood, Telford, and Mr. Gweirydd Darbyshire-Robert, Welshpool, 1983.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1983.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Calvinistic Methodists | Wales | Abergele | Archives
Calvinistic Methodists | Wales | Denbighshire
Roberts, William, | 1830-1886 | Archives
Sermons, Welsh | Wales | Abergele
Welsh poetry | 19th century

Personal names
Roberts , William , 1830-1886

Corporate names
Mynydd Seion Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Abergele, Wales)

Abergele (Wales)

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