- [13 cent.]-1864 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.715 cubic metres (7 boxes, 150 volumes)
Name of creator
The Wynne family were established at Bodewryd by, at the latest, the fifteenth century. An early representative of the family, Gruffudd, married Angharad, daughter of Hwlkin ap Dafydd ap Ifan Wyddel of Bodowyr. The Boderwyd estate descended in the male line until Edward Wynne (d. 1755), Chancellor of Hereford. He married Ann, daughter and heiress of John Lloyd of Plas Einion, Denbighshire, but died without issue and the estate passed to Ann, his younger sister. She married Robert Owen of Penrhos Isa, Holyhead. The estate then passed to their grand-child Margaret Owen (1742-1816), heiress of Penrhos and Bodewryd. She married Sir John Thomas Stanley, Bart., of Alderley Park, Cheshire. Their son, Sir John Thomas Stanley (1760-1850) was created 1st Baron Stanley of Alderley in 1839. He was succeeded by his son Edward John Stanley, 2nd Bart (1807-1869) and by Henry Edward John Stanley, 3rd Bart (1827-1903).
Alfred Sotheby (d. October 1949) was the grandson of Matilda Abigail Stanley, daughter of John Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley of Alderley. He in turn was the son of Margaret Owen (d. 1816), heiress of Penrhos and Bodewryd.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Sotheby MSS, deeds and documents: Mr Alfred F. Sotheby; Deposit; 1931.
Bodewryd MSS 1-99 and deeds: Alfred F. Sotheby; London; Deposit; 1932.
Bodewryd MSS 100-105: Alfred F. Sotheby; Deposit; March 1933.
Bodewryd MS 106: Alfred F. Sotheby; Deposit; March 1944.
Bodewryd letters and documents: Alfred F. Sotheby; Deposit; .
1957 Donation (items 1-3, 5-15): Mr Albert E. Mitchell (per The National Museum of Wales); Trealaw; Donation; March 1957.
1960 Donation (item 4): Mr Albert E. Mitchell (per Mr Brinley Jones, Penarth); Trealaw; Donation; March 1960.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Manuscripts, estate records and papers of the Wynne family of Bodewryd, Anglesey, including records of the Bodowyr estate (Bodedern), Anglesey, and Plas Einion estate, Denbighshire, and papers of the Owen family of Penrhos, Anglesey; important Welsh literary manuscripts, legal manuscripts relating to civil and ecclesiastical law; the antiquarian collections of Edward Wynne, chancellor of Hereford, relating to Wales and to the diocese of Hereford, and part of the collection of Humphrey Humphreys, bishop of Bangor and later of Hereford; letters to Humphrey Humphreys, 1691-1709 (mainly 1705-1709); Wynne family correspondence, 1613-1816; legal papers, [17 cent.]-[18 cent.], especially relating to a lengthy action between Chancellor Edward Wynne and the Mostyn estate following the purchase by Wynne of the Bodowyr estate, 1721-1746; estate, personal and household accounts, 1603-1753; and title deeds, [13 cent.]-1864.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
All records deposited at, or donated to, NLW have been retained.
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged at NLW as follows: Sotheby MSS; Sotheby deeds; Bodewryd MSS; Bodewryd deeds; Bodewryd letters; Bodewryd documents; additional papers.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
English, Latin, Welsh, unless otherwise specified.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Hard copies of the catalogues Schedule of Books, Manuscripts, Deeds, and other Documents deposited in the NLW by Alfred F. Sotheby (20 May 1931), A Schedule of Bodewryd Manuscripts and Documents deposited by Alfred F. Sotheby, Esq., London (1932) and A Schedule of Correspondence and Documents deposited by the late Arthur [recte Alfred] F. Sotheby, Esq. (1951?) are available at NLW.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of fonds.
The original 1931 deposit was known as the 'Sotheby Collection', later becoming the 'Wynne (Bodewryd) Papers' and then the 'Wynne (Bodewryd) Papers (formerly Sotheby Collection)'. The remaining portions became known collectively as the 'Bodewryd estate records'. Since the two groups have the same provenance and relate to the same family they have now (2021) been brought together as a single fonds. The original Sotheby and Bodewryd shelfmarks have been retained.
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Name access points
- Bodowyr Estate (Bodedern, Anglesey, Wales) -- Archives. (Subject)
- Plas Einion Estate (Wales) -- Archives. (Subject)
- Bodewryd Estate (Wales) -- Archives. (Subject)
- Penrhos Estate (Anglesey, Wales) -- Records and correspondence. (Subject)
- Bodowyr Estate (Bodedern, Anglesey, Wales) (Subject)
- Penrhos Estate (Anglesey, Wales) (Subject)
- Plas Einion Estate (Wales) (Subject)
- Wynne, Edward, 1681-1755 -- Archives (Subject)
- Humphreys, Humphrey, 1648-1712 -- Archives (Subject)
- Wynne family, of Bodewryd -- Archives (Subject)
- Owen family, of Penrhos (Anglesey) -- Records and correspondence. (Subject)
- Owen family, of Penrhos, Anglesey (Subject)
- Bodewryd Estate (Wales) (Subject)
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Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
June 2002, May 2021.
The following source was used in the compilation of this description: John Edward Griffith, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (Wrexham, 1998 reprint)
Compiled by Mair James, and revised by Rhys Jones.