William Hayward Roberts of St. Nicholas, Gloucester, was educated at Eton College (1744-53) and King's College Cambridge (B.A. 1757; Fellow 1756-61, M.A. 1760, D.D. 1773). He was an assistant master at Eton, where he became provost in 1781. Roberts was rector of Farnham Royal (1779) and one of the King's chaplains (1772-91). With Christopher Anstey, Roberts translated Gray's Elegy into Latin (1762). He was principally known as a sacred poet, his major work being Judah Restored (1774).
Arimant and Tamira: an eastern tale in the manner of Dryden's Fables. 1757.
Utrum diversarum gentium mores. 1758.
Elegia scripta in coemeterio rustico. 1762.
The poor man's prayer: an elegy. 1766.
A poetical essay on the existence of God [etc.] 1771.
A poetical epistle to Christopher Anstey on the English poets. 1773.
Judah restored: a poem. 2 vols, 1774.
Poems. 1774, 1776.
A sermon preached the 30th of April. 1782.
Correction of various passages in the English Old Testament. 1794.
Select poems in Sandford's British Poets vol. 37. 1819.