William Ambrose (Emrys)

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William Ambrose

William Ambrose (1 August 1813 – 31 October 1873), whose bardic name was Emrys, was a 19th-century Welsh–language poet and minister of religion.[1]


Ambrose was born at Bangor, Caernarfonshire (Gwynedd), north Wales, the son of a leading member of the local Baptist community, but he was later apprenticed to a draper in Liverpool, and subsequently moved to London.[2] However, having gone on a preaching tour led by William Williams (Caledfryn), he decided, instead of setting up in business, to become a minister, and was ordained on 7 December 1837. He remained the minister of the Independent chapel at Porthmadog until his death, aged 60.


"Emrys" edited the periodical Y Dysgedydd from 1853 to 1873, and narrowly missed being appointed to the bardic chair at the Aberffraw Eisteddfod of 1849.


  • Gweithiau y Parch. W. Ambrose (1975)


  1. ^ Roberts; Thomas Rowland Roberts; Robert Williams (1908). Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen who have attained distinction from the earliest times to the present, Volume 1. New York Public Library: Educational Publishing Co. p. 10.
  2. ^ Welsh Biography Online. Accessed 13 February 2013
Ambrose memorial chapel, Porthmadog, c.1875