John Roberts, 1st Baron Clwyd

John Herbert Roberts, 1st Baron Clwyd (8 August 1863 – 19 December 1955), known as Sir Herbert Roberts, 1st Baronet, from 1903 to 1919, was a Welsh Liberal politician.

Herbert Roberts c1895
Sir Herbert Roberts c1906

Roberts was the son of John Roberts, of Abergele, Denbighshire. He was elected to the House of Commons for Denbighshire West in 1892, a seat he held until 1918. Between 1912 and 1918 he was Chairman of the Welsh Liberal Parliamentary Party. Roberts was created a Baronet, of Brynwenalt of Kilmaron, in 1903 and in 1919 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Clwyd, of Abergele in the County of Denbigh.

Lord Clwyd married Hannah, daughter of William Sproston Caine and granddaughter of Hugh Stowell Brown, in 1893. She died in 1951. Clwyd died in December 1955, aged 92, and was succeeded in his titles by his son Trevor Roberts.

Coat of arms of John Roberts, 1st Baron Clwyd
A cock's head erased Gules beaked combed and wattled Sable.
Argent three cocks Gules beaked combed wattled and membered Sable.
Dexter a lion guardant party per fess Or and Argent. Sinister an ostrich Argent holding in the beak a horseshoe Proper each gorged with a collar Or pendant therefrom an escutcheon Argent charged with two bars Vert.
Virtus In Arduis [1]


  1. ^ Burke's Peerage. 1959.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Cornwallis-West
Member of Parliament for Denbighshire West
Constituency abolished
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Clwyd
1919 – 1955
Succeeded by
John Trevor Roberts
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Brynwenallt)
Succeeded by
John Trevor Roberts