He was born Llanelidan, Denbighshire, into an ecclesiastical family, the son of the Rev. David Robert, sometime Rector of Llanelidan  and educated at Ruthin School and Christ's College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1886 and held curacies in Llanelidan, Llanfyllin and Newtown. He was Vicar Choral of St Asaph Cathedral from 1895 to 1897; and Rector of Llanddulas until 1933 when he became a Canon Residentiary at St Asaph Cathedral.
He died in post on 23 March 1942.
|Church of England titles|
| Archdeacon of the St Asaph