Fonds GB 0210 MSFROND - Frondirion Manuscripts,

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Reference code



Frondirion Manuscripts,


  • 1808-[1921x1925] / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

53 volumes.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Evan William Evans (1860-1925), of Frondirion, Dolgellau, Merioneth, was an editor and publisher. He was born in Cae Einion, Dolgellau, and received his education at the town's grammar school. On leaving school he worked at the offices of the Herald newspaper in Caernarfon. When the offices of the periodical Y Goleuad were relocated from Caernarfon to Dolgellau, Evans moved back to his home town to work and, while still a young man, took over the ownership of Y Goleuad in 1884. In 1914 he embarked on editing, printing and publishing his own Welsh weekly newspaper, titled Y Cymro. His offices also printed other newspapers and periodicals such as The Merionethshire News, Cymru Fydd and Y Gymraes, as well as books. Evans took a great interest in local history, especially that of the Calvinistic Methodists, and collected a substantial amount of related manuscripts and papers. He was twice married.

Archival history

Parts of the collection were formerly in the possession of Thomas Mordaf Pierce (1867?-1919), Calvinistic Methodist minister at Llanidloes and Dolgellau.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

NLW MSS 6154-6189; Mr Einion Evans; Frondirion, Dolgellau; Purchase; March 1929

NLW MSS 10850-10865; Mr Einion Evans; Dolgellau; Purchase; July 1936

NLW MS 11026A; Mr Einion Evans; Wrexham; Purchase; November 1935

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers of, or collected by, Evan William Evans, Dolgellau, 1808-[1921x1925], consisting mainly of material of Dolgellau local historical and religious interest, including rate assessments and valuations, accounts, rentals, chapel records and other records, 1813-1877; agricultural, timber, slate and other account books, 1823-1879; papers of T. Mordaf Pierce, including correspondence, essays, sermons and material relating to Dolgellau history, 1894-1914; material relating to Calvinistic Methodism in Llanidloes and Dolgellau, 1808-1918; and correspondence, 1850-1921, mainly addressed to Evans.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 6154-6189, 10850-10865, 11026A.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Part XIX, 256-261.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Manuscripts deposited with the 1929 purchase are now NLW Minor Deposits 253-260A.

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title based on domicile of collector.


Formerly Frondirion MSS 1-53.

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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

September 2005-August 2015.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Rhys M. Jones. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume 3 (Aberystwyth, 1961); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (London, 1953); Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru (Llandysul, 1986); Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on-line;

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