Fonds GB 0210 DOLGAN - Dolforgan Estate Records,

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Dolforgan Estate Records,


  • 1570-1879 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.457 cubic metres (18 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

The Dolforgan estate was originally extremely modest (two capital messuages and six messuages and pasture in 1678). In 1772, John Herbert of Dolforgan married Avarina Brunetta Owen. Through this marriage John Herbert acquired the Llynlleoedd estate centred on Machynlleth. He also purchased lands from the 1780s onwards.
The 1772 marriage settlement created a charge of £10,000 to provide for the younger children of the marriage, and the estate was mortgaged in 1809 to raise this sum when the younger children came of age. Over-generous marriage settlements added to the estate's debts, which totalled £51,000 in 1865.
John and Averina's eldest son, John Owen Herbert, married Harriet Johnson of Southstoke, Somerset, in 1823. The only child of this marriage, Harriet Averina Brunetta Herbert, married Walter Long of Rood Ashton, Wiltshire, in 1846, but died the following year. Her husband died soon afterwards, having devised the estate to his father, Walter Long the elder. In 1867, following the death of Walter Long the elder, the estate was inherited by his second son, Richard Penruddocke Long. He was finally forced to sell most of the estate in 1870, for £76,500 to James Walton of Cwmllecoediog. The remainder of the estate was sold, again to Walton, between 1871 and 1874. The return of owners of land, 1873, credited James Walton with an estate with an estimated acreage of 5,562 acres with an estimated rental of £3,078. In 1894, Walton sold the estate to John William Willans, a distinguished engineer.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by John Bancroft Willans of Dolforgan in 1921, 1933 and March 1976.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Estate records, almost all title deeds, of the Dolforgan and Llynlleoedd estates, Montgomeryshire, 1570-1879, together with papers, mainly rentals, accounts, and particulars, of the following manors belonging to the Powis Castle estate: Kerry, Cydewain and Halcetor, 1579-1745, Starta Marcella, 1623-1702, and Tirymynech, 1650-[mid-18 cent.].

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into two groups: Dolforgan estate papes and Powis Castle manorial records.

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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

Further details relating to manorial records within the archive can be accessed on-line from The National Archives Manorial Documents Register.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

For further records relating to the Dolforgan estate, see NLW, H. Noel Jerman Papers and NLW, Willans Family Papers.

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Formerly J. B. Willans Deeds and Documents. Current title supplied from contents of fonds; former title based on name of depositor.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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

May 2001.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Stephen Benham.

Archivist's note

The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of J. B. Willans Deeds and Documents;

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