Fonds GB 0210 MSBRADNEY - Bradney Manuscripts

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Bradney Manuscripts


  • [1700 x 1933] (Creation)

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207 vols.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Colonel Sir Joseph Alfred Bradney ('Achydd Glan Troddi'; 1859-1933), historian, of Tal-y-coed Court, Llanfihangel Ystern Llewern, Monmouthshire, served in many capacities in both military and civic rĂ´les. He was the author of A History of Monmouthshire (London, 1904-1932) and A History of the Free Grammar School in the parish of Llantilio-Crossenny (London, 1924) and editor of Llyfr Baglan (London, 1910) and of reprints of several Monmouthshire parish registers.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Bequeathed (NLW MSS 7561-7707), 1933

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Scope and content

A large collection which includes correspondence; transcripts and extracts from parish registers and bishops' transcripts, from wills and administrations, from public and private records, from monumental inscriptions, and from printed sources; pedigrees compiled from manuscripts notes and printed sources, and genealogical notes; a copy of The Diary of the Revd. William Jones, 1777-1821 ..., 1929, with additions; a copy of Rider's British Merlin, 1734, with additions; copies of poetry and of metrical translations into Latin; a copy of The Parish Priest ..., [1841]; material accumulated during the preparation of A History of Monmouthshire; a copy of Plantae Woodfordienses ..., 1771, with additions; and a rate book of Llanfihangel Ystern Llewern parish, 1889. The majority of references in this collection are to Monmouthshire or places within that county. Correspondence is substantial and a list notes Bradney's principal correspondents as follows: Sir John Ballinger, Aberystwyth; G. R. Brigstocke, London and Ferryside; J. H. Canning, Newport; D. Stedman Davies, Llandrindod; John Davies, Aberystwyth; John Davies, Pandy; Sir Leonard Twiston-Davies, Rockfield Park; T. C. Evans ('Cadrawd'), Llangynwyd; William Haines, Y Bryn, Llangattock-iuxta-Usk; Fred J. Hando, Newport; Lemuel Hopkin James, Ystrad Mynach; J. Ifano Jones, Cardiff; W. H. O. Kemmis, Frome; J. Hobson Matthews, Cardiff and Monmouth; T. Matthews, Llandebie; Edward Owen, London; Egerton G. B. Phillimore, Corris; D. Rhys Phillips, Swansea; Thomas Richards, Maesteg and Bangor; Sir Daniel Lleufer Thomas, Swansea; G. N. W. Thomas, Devizes.

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System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 7561-7767.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

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Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

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English, Latin, unless otherwise specified.

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Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume II (Aberystwyth, 1951).

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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

June 2005.


  • English



Archivist's note

This description was compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS;

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  • Text: Bradney Manuscripts.