Salesbury, William

Salesbury, William

biographical name

(born c. 1520, Cae Du, Llansannan, Denbighshire, Wales—died c. 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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