Roberts, J. Bryn (John Bryn), 1847-1931

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Roberts, J. Bryn (John Bryn), 1847-1931

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John Bryn Roberts (1847-1931), a native of Bangor, Caernarfonshire, was a lawyer and a politician. He was a family member of Castell, Llanddeiniolen, Caernarfonshire. Educated at Cheltenham, he qualified as a solicitor in 1868, then was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1889, and in 1885 he became Liberal M.P. for Eifion (South Caernarvonshire). In 1906, he became County Court judge in Glamorgan. In 1918 he was transferred to North Wales and Chester. He retired in 1921 and died in 1931. His Liberalism was of the old individualistic kind, and he disapproved strongly of both Socilaism and nationalism. He disapproved strongly of the 'Liberal Imperialism' of Asquith and Grey and he was strongly opposed to the Boer War. He was an upholder of the old-style Gladstonian Liberalism. He made no mark in the House of Commons and his speaking style made but little impression. He was a Calvinistic Methodist and an elder within the Church.

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