File NLW MS 24106G. - Pedigree of Gawen Goodman of Ruthin

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NLW MS 24106G.


Pedigree of Gawen Goodman of Ruthin


  • 1584 (Creation)

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One membrane : Parchment backed with linen ; 875 x 500 mm. (tapered at lower end)

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(active 1584)

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Owned in about 1825 by Goodman Roberts of Ruthin, attorney, 'a descendant of the [Goodman] family' according to Angharad Llwyd (see Rev. Richard Newcombe, A Memoir of Gabriel Goodman… (London, 1825), Appendix S). Given by Roberts to the Rev. Newcombe, who in turn gave it to the Rev. Edward Lowry Barnwell (1813-1887) of Ruthin, who retired to Melksham, Wiltshire, in 1865 (see Robert Colley, 'The Heraldry and History of the Pedigree Roll of Gawen Goodman of Ruthin, 1584', in Denbighshire Historical Society Transactions, 62 (2014), 73-90 (pp. 75-76)). Discovered on display in the bar of a public house in the Cotswolds and sold in 2012 to Miles Wynn Cato (see Miles Wynn Cato 1991-2016: A Catalogue to Commemorate Twenty-five Years Dealing in Welsh Art (Ludlow, 2016), p. 72); purchased by Dr Robert Colley.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Dr Robert Colley; Aberystwyth; Purchase; March 2017; 99744731002419.

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Scope and content

Pedigree and achievement, 1584, of Gawen Goodman of Ruthin, compiled by Simwnt Fychan and drawn by Richard Thomlyns of Denbigh, with eighty-eight other coats of arms, nearly all fully painted.
The pedigree shows Goodman's descent, through the female line, from twenty-five prominent ancestors, mostly Welsh, represented by twenty-five shields in two rows at the top of the pedigree; the arms of royal houses are surmounted by gold crowns. The remaining sixty-three coats of arms, the majority of which are impaled, are scattered throughout the pedigree. Personal names are enclosed in roundels. The pedigree includes Gawen's younger brother Gabriel (Dean of Westminster, 1561-1601) and other siblings, as well as Gawen's children and those of his other brother Godfrey. The achievement is placed at the lower right-hand base.

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  • English

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Lightly creased in places; nail holes around edges; affected by dust; minor tears, repaired before accession at NLW.

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Publication note

Robert Colley, 'The Heraldry and History of the Pedigree Roll of Gawen Goodman of Ruthin, 1584', in Denbighshire Historical Society Transactions, 62 (2014), 73-90.

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No. 401 in Michael Powell Siddons, Welsh Pedigree Rolls (Aberystwyth, 1996) and Michael Powell Siddons, 'Welsh Pedigree Rolls - Further Additions and Corrections', NLWJ, 36.3 (2016), 266-270.


Purchased with financial assistance from The Friends of the National Libraries.

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

January 2019.




Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys Jones.

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