John Walters (priest and lexicographer)

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John Walters (1721–1797)[1] was a Welsh cleric from Glamorgan in the eighteenth century. He wrote a couple manifestos, including A Dissertation on the Welsh Language (1770), in which he praised the Welsh language.[2] He was a noted lexicographer, publishing An English–Welsh Dictionary in fifteen parts (1770 to 1794).

Walters was born on 22nd of August 1721. His father, also named John, was a timber merchant, but both his parents died when John jr was in his youth. It is likely that it was John Walters who convinced printer Rhys Thomas (d. 1790) to establish Glamorgan's first printing press at Cowbridge. It was this press which printed Walter's English/Welsh Dictionary, the first part issued on 5th April 1770.[3]

John Walters died on 1st of June 1797, and was buried at Llandough. His eldest son was the poet and priest John Walters.[1]


  1. ^ a b Crowe, Richard (May 2005). "Walters, John (bap. 1721, d. 1797)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Invention of Tradition", Prys Morgan
  3. ^ "The National Library of Wales :: Dictionary of Welsh Biography". Retrieved 2017-04-13.