Salesbury, William

Salesbury, William
born с 1520, Cae Du, Llansannan, Denbighshire, Wales
died с 1584, Llanrwst

Welsh lexicographer and translator.

He spent most of his life at Llanrwst, Wales, following antiquarian, botanical, and literary pursuits. His collection of Welsh proverbs, The Whole Sense of a Welshman's Head (1546), may be the first book printed in Welsh. Salesbury compiled the first Welsh-English dictionary (1547) and, with Richard Davies, translated the New Testament into Welsh (1567).

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▪ Welsh lexicographer
Salesbury also spelled  Salisbury 
born c. 1520, Cae Du, Llansannan, Denbighshire [now in Conwy], Wales
died c. 1584, Llanrwst, Denbighshire [now in Conwy]

      Welsh lexicographer and translator who is noted particularly for his Welsh-English dictionary and for translating the New Testament into Welsh.

      Salesbury spent most of his life at Llanrwst following antiquarian, botanical, and literary pursuits. About 1546 he edited a collection of Welsh proverbs, Oll Synnwyr Pen Kembero Ygyd (“The Whole Sense of a Welshman's Head”), possibly the first book printed in Welsh. His Dictionary in Englyshe and Welshe (1547), the first work of its kind, appeared in a facsimile edition in 1877. His translation of the New Testament (1567), based on the Greek version, was prepared in collaboration with Richard Davies, bishop of St. David's, Abergwili, Carmarthenshire.

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