Roberts family

Scope and Content

In 1898 Lily the youngest daughter of Alexander and Isabella Fraser married Robert Henry Roberts of Foxhall, a farmer and cattle dealer. As well as correspondence, the Roberts family archives include farm diaries and accounts. The dairies date from the time of Robert Henry's father, John dating from 1856 to 1883. Entries are mostly concerned with farming: wages and other accounts of payments; work undertaken; animals purchased, sold and moved etc and chapel matters: visiting preachers; accounts of collections held etc. R H Roberts purchased Foxhall from William Cornwallis west of Ruthin castle in 1909. Material concerning Henllan chapel and the Dyffryn Clwyd Presbytery of the Calvinistic Methodists are in the archives as R H Roberts was treasurer of the minister's fund of the vales of Clwyd Presbytery of the Calvinistic Methodists and Henllan C M chapel.

Their children of Robert and Lily Roberts continued the family tradition by also being regular correspondents with their parents and each other. Robin H Roberts later a Cambridge academic was often ill and wrote from sanitaria and convalescence in Switzerland. John A Fraser Roberts wrote from school, university, and on active service in Ireland in 1918. He became an eminent geneticist. His book An Introduction to Medical Genetics , 1940 was the first student text on the subject. Marjorie Fraser Roberts's letters are from school and Guide camp. Part of the archive relates to Henllan Girl Guides.


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