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Welsh polyglot Dic Aberdaron 1780–1843

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31 July 2013 at 7:30pm | IP Logged 
I was in St Asaph in North Wales over the last 2 days. In the dining room of the hotel
where I was staying was a portrait of an interesting looking man with full beard and
bright piercing eyes.

On the legend below it said the portrait was of a Welsh polyglot from the 18th-19th
centuries. It seemed that in spite of little formal education, he had managed to teach
himself at least 10 languages including Greek, Latin and Hebrew.

He is buried in the grounds of St Asaph parish church, and some of his dictionaries are
on display in St Asaph cathedral.

I forgot to write down his name, but google and wikipedia came to the rescue:

Dic Aberdaron

An interesting chap.

Edited by montmorency on 02 August 2013 at 3:19pm

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01 August 2013 at 7:21pm | IP Logged 
More about mr. Jones here (with the bulk of the goodies under 'more information' at the bottom).
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