ROBERTS, John (‘Ieuan Gwyllt’). b. Tanrhiwfelen, near Aberystwyth, 27 December 1822; d. Y Fron, Llanfaglan, Caernarfonshire, 14 May 1877. Roberts was born into a musical family, and was brought up near Aberystwyth. In 1842 he obtained a place in a pharmacy in that town, but in 1844 took a post as schoolmaster. After a period of training in the Borough Road Normal School in London he returned in 1844 and became clerk to a firm of solicitors in Aberystwyth. In 1852 he moved to Liverpool as assistant editor of Yr Amserau (‘The Times’), and was almost immediately in full charge. He had a natural gift as a journalist, but was aware of a calling to be a preacher. In 1858 he moved to South Wales...
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