Fonds GB 0210 MSDARBYSH - Darbyshire-Robert MSS,

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Darbyshire-Robert MSS,


  • 1716-1913. (Creation)

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Extent and medium

11 volumes.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

The Rev. Canon William Prys James Darbyshire-Robert (1912-1980) was vicar of Colwyn, Denbighshire, and a descendant of Robert John Pryse (Gweirydd ap Rhys) (1807-1889).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mrs Swsan Heywood & Mr Gweirydd Darbyshire-Robert,; Telford & Welshpool; Purchase; 1983

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Scope and content

Manuscripts, papers and some printed material, 1716-1913, from the library of the Rev. Canon William Prys James Darbyshire-Robert comprising eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century material which includes interludes and poetry by Thomas Williams, Llandygai; a printed Welsh translation, 1716, by Edward Samuel of Hugo Grotius's De veritate religionis christianae (1669); records kept by Owen Thomas, Henllan and a nineteenth century transcript of one of his notebooks; eighteenth and nineteenth century sermons; a volume of autograph poetry by Catherine Jane Prichard ('Buddug'); two volumes, 1913, of fishing tales entitled 'Right Off The Reel!' by Colonel Massey Spencer; together with transcripts of an almanac and herbal, and of poetry, etc.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 21941-21951.

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Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • Welsh
  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, English.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions are also available, together with a detailed list of contents, in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999).

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Related units of description

Family papers, mainly papers of the Rev. William Roberts (1830-1886), Abergele, grandfather of the Rev. Canon Darbyshire-Robert, acquired with the manuscripts are described in the NLW typescript volume Minor Lists and Summaries 1983.

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Title based on contents.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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

February 2004 and August 2009.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Siân Medi Davies for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifans. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999) and Archives Wales on-line site, viewed 3 August 2009;

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