Fonds GB 0210 DERWYDD - Derwydd Estate Records,

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Derwydd Estate Records,


  • 1525-1870, 1904 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.2 cubic metres (7 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Rhydderch ap Hywel ap Bedo is the earliest named owner of Derwydd, in 1550. His only child, Elizabeth, also had an only child, Sage, who married Sir Henry Vaughan of Golden Grove, who came to live at Derwydd. Following Sir Henry's death, the estate was inherited by his daughter Rachel who married John Vaughan of Derllys. He was succeeded by his son Richard Vaughan of Derwydd who died without issue. The estate passed to his daughter, Elizabeth Lloyd, who married Sir Thomas Stepney of Llanelli. After the deaths of his sons without issue, the estate passed to his daughter, Elizabeth Bridgetta. She married Joseph Gulston in 1767, and the estate remained with their descendants until at least the 1980s.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Agneta Annie Justina Stepney-Gulston of Derwydd in 1955.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Title deeds, 1525-1907, of the Derwydd estate, mainly in Carmarthenshire, and of the families of Vaughan of Golden Grove and Llanelli, Bevan of Laugharne (including Madam Bridget Bevan, 1698-1779), Stepney of Llanelli, and Stepney-Gulston of Derwydd. There are no personal or family papers in the archive.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained..


Accruals are not expected

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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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.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW and HMC.

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Related units of description

Further papers relating to the Stepney family of Llanelli, the Stepney-Gulston family of Derwydd, and the Vaughan family of Golden Grove, are the Derwydd Muniments, Stepney Collection, and Cawdor Vaughan Muniments, all in Carmarthenshire Archive Service.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds


Further details relating to the small number of manorial records in the archive can be accessed online from The National Archives Manorial Documents Register at

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Rules and/or conventions used

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

July 2001.


  • English



Archivist's note

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 18th ed, 3 vols, 1965-72) vol. 2; Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their families (Newport, 1997);

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