Fonds NLW MSS 12389-12395. - Evan Davies Jones Manuscripts,

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Reference code

NLW MSS 12389-12395.


Evan Davies Jones Manuscripts,


  • [1453x1911]. (Creation)

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Extent and medium

7 vols.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Sir Evan Davies Jones, civil engineer and public figure, was born at Pentower, Fishgurd. In his capacity of civil engineer he worked on the Severn Tunnel and the Manchester Ship Canal, eventually becoming managing director of the internationally-renowned Topham, Jones, & Railton firm. Evan Davies Jones served both his native county and country in numerous capacities. He was elected High Sheriff of Pembrokeshire from 1911 to 1912 and in 1932 was appointed Lord Lieutenant of the county; he also represented Pembrokeshire as Member of Parliament from 1918 to 1922. He served in a governing capacity within the Church in Wales, the University of Wales and the National Library of Wales, the latter institution benefitting from donations from Evan Davies Jones's extensive private library.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction; 18-19 July 1939

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Scope and content

Manuscripts, [1453x1911], from the library of Sir Evan Davies Jones of Pentower, Fishguard. They comprise a fifteenth-century genealogical chronicle of Welsh and English rulers; an album of watercolour drawings of churches and other notable features of north and mid Wales compiled by the artist David Parkes; transcripts of monumental inscriptions in Tenby parish church; a journal of a tour of Wales, 1836; a volume of music, including works by John Parry ('Y Telynor Dall'); a volume of pedigrees transcribed by Edward Stanton Roberts; and seventeenth century Welsh poetry.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 12389-12395.

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Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

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Related units of description

Seven deeds from the Library of Evan D. Jones, also purchased from Sotheby's in 1939, are now known as NLW, Evan D. Jones Collection of Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire Deeds (Sotheby Deeds).

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Title based on contents.


NLW MS 12389E also formerly known as Phillipps 3835; NLW MS 12390E also formerly known as Phillipps 11953.


Preferred citation: NLW MSS 12389-12395.

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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

January 2010.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig on-line site, viewed 15 January 2010;

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  • Text: NLW MSS 12389-12395.