ROBERTS, David, of Penhow, Mon.
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Under-sheriff, Glam. 1571; comptroller of the port of Cardiff 1577-86.
Roberts, ‘servant to our very good lord the Earl of Pembroke’, lived some 17 miles from Cardiff. In the year of his appointment as comptroller there he was called before the Privy Council, with others from the neighbourhood, to answer charges of trafficking with pirates. He remained in office another nine years. In 1585 another of Pembroke’s servants, Thomas Wiseman, recommended to Sir Edward Stradling ‘Davy Roberts’, ‘whom my lord and master thinketh very well of’ ‘to be employed under you in some office’.
Roberts introduced into Parliament in 1581 a bill about Cardiff Bridge, which received its first reading 8 Feb., its second 20 Feb. and its third 2 Mar.
W. R. Williams, Parl. Hist. Wales, 105; Cardiff Recs. i. 350, 351, 356; v. 531; APC, ix. 269, 332-3; CSP Dom. 1547-80, p. 843; Stradling Corresp. ed. Traherne, 262; CJ, i. 123, 128, 130; 23 Eliz. c. 11; see also MATHEW, William.