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Bangor University
John Roberts (Ap Cennin) Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS JRAC

Held at: Bangor University

Title: John Roberts (Ap Cennin) Papers

Short Title: John Roberts (Ap Cennin) Papers

Creation date(s): 1908 - 1925

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 20 items

Name of creator(s): John Roberts, also known as Ap Cennin.


Administrative/Biographical history: John Roberts was born in Llanbedrycennin, Caernarfonshire. As well as being a cobbler and a poet, he also took an interest in local antiquities, contributed extensively to the press and competed in Eisteddfod competitions. He was also a zealous church goer. He died in 1935.


Scope and content/abstract: Miscellaneous papers which include :
Part of an autobiography by Ap Cennin on his early days as a cobbler in Bethesda, as well as memories of Bethesda choir and musicians.
Newspaper cuttings, most of which are the work of Ap Cennin and some which relate to Llanfairfechan, Caernarfonshire.
Essays on the poetical works of Ellis Roberts, Llanfairfechan, and on various aspects of the history of Llanfairfechan such as religion, old houses, industries etc.
Copies of the parish registers of Llanfairfechan from the 17th and 18th centuries and a table of the names of 17th century rectors.
Also, a work entitled Traeth Lafan a Llys Helyg in an unknown hand.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Items incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

Conditions governing access: Open to all users.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 1736-1755

Language codes: wel eng


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:



Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, May 2002.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Bethesda (Gwynedd, Wales) | Social life and customs
Biography | Wales
Llanfairfechan (Wales) | History
Local history materials | Wales | Llanfairfechan

Personal names
Roberts , John , Ap Cennin

Corporate names

Bethesda (Gwynedd, Wales)
Llanfairfechan (Wales)

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