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Merioneth title deeds

Title deeds of houses and lands relating to the Mathafarn estate in the county of Merioneth, situated in the several parishes of Dolgellau, Llanelltud, etc., Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, Llanfor, Llangywer, Llanycil and Llanymawddwy, 1544-1704; the parish of Mallwyd, 1571-1701; and the parishes of Pennal and Tal-y-llyn, 1558-1629.

Pughe family of Mathafarn trust papers

Documents relating to trusts involving the Pughe family of Mathafarn, notably the trust for the Vaughans of the Caethle estate near Tywyn, 1505-1726, and other miscellanous trusts, in which members of the Pughe family acted as trustees or as parties to trust deeds, 1566-1718. The papers comprise mainly title deeds, together with other documents such as wills, settlements, mortgages and wardship papers of Vaughan, Pughe and the other families concerned.

Montgomeryshire title deeds

Title deeds of houses and lands belonging to the Pughe family of Mathafarn, mainly in the parishes of Cemais, Darowen Llanbryn-mair, Llanwrin, Machynlleth and Penegoes in Montgomeryshire, 1403-1736. The deeds record the Pughes’ possession, under a crown lease, of the lordships of Arwystli and Cyfeiliog, as well as the names of properties within those lordships, 1568-1673.

Estreat Rolls,

One hundred and sixty-three Estreats Rolls (being particulars of all the fines, amercements, and other financial issues abstracted from the Court Rolls by the Steward for the time being, and which were subsequently levied and collected by the manorial bailiffs; the extracts for the reign of Elizabeth and James I are exceedingly full, and are in excellent condition): scheduled on detail below and distributed among the several manors, thus:. Kemes Infra (1474-1622) 55 Rolls. Kemes Supra (1573-1621) [with Addenda-Barony of Kemes (1695-1748)-9 documents] 52 Rolls. Eglwyswrw (1574-1613) 29 Rolls. Moylgrove (1577-1600) 13 Rolls. Town of Newport (1574-1631) 11 Rolls. Newcastle (1618-1621) 1 Roll. Court of Rhys ab Thomas: 'Angle' (1513) 1 Roll.

Papers concerning the purchase of the Peterwell estate

The contents of this section reflect the complex negotiations between Edward Loveden Loveden of Buscot Park and John Adams, executor of Sir Herbert Lloyd, for the purchase of part of the Peterwell estate near Lampeter, Cardiganshire. The intermediary was Loveden’s agent, John Lewes of Carmarthen. The deeds, 1607, 1748-1780, record successive crown leases on Keven y maes in Iscoed Gwynionydd and the profits of courts, tolls, fairs and various manorial courts in Iscoed Gwynionydd and elsewhere in Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire, followed by a mortgage and the final assignment to Edward Loveden Loveden. This section also contains accounts, rentals and inventories, 1771-1811, and letters, 1779-1784, which evoke the final days of the Peterwell estate. They show the physical deterioration of Peterwell mansion, the extent of John Adams’ debts and the determined pursuit by his creditors. Letters and documents record that the Lampeter Corporation books and some of the Peterwell silver had been pledged as security for the repayment of a sum due by bond to Edward Loveden Loveden. Some of the letters refer to the unauthorised removal by John Adams and his wife of the household goods. The inventories and auctioneer’s accounts reveal the depleted household contents of Peterwell at the final sale in 1781. There is also part of a legal case [post-1660].

Breconshire estate administration papers

Papers deriving from administration of the Breconshire estates held succcessively by Walter Pryse, Lewis Pryse and Edward Loveden Loveden, situated mainly in the parishes of Llan-gors, Llanfihangel Tal-y-llyn and Llanfihangel Nant Bran, comprising estate rentals, accounts and vouchers, 1740-1826; letters, 1680-1821, and miscellaneous estate administration papers which include Llan-gors timber records, a copy of a seventeenth century survey of Llyn Safaddan and sale particulars, 1705-1805. A substantial proportion of the papers concerns the sale of the Breconshire estates by Edward Loveden Loveden between 1805 and 1807.

Deeds and documents of Charles Watkin Williams Wynn

Title deeds and other papers relating to land purchases mainly in Meifod, Montgomeryshire, by Charles Watkin Williams Wynn of Llangedwyn, second son of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, fourth Baronet, 1582-1837, together with the original schedule compiled in 1849, and an unscheduled deed of Charles Watkin Williams Wynn [the younger] 1853. These deeds were found as a discrete group in six consecutive boxes within the Longueville archive. There is also a single file of financial papers, discovered elsewhere in the Longueville archive, but clearly associated with the purchase of Dyffryn in Meifod and various other monetary matters, 1806-1818.

Pembrokeshire coal mining papers

Papers deriving from the leasing and management of the coal mines in Pembrokeshire, held successively by the Lewes family of Abernantbychan, Lewis Pyrse of Woodstock, Edward Loveden Loveden of Buscot Park and their successors in the Pryse family of Gogerddan, 1745-1866. They comprise leases and lease agreements, 1745-1839, accounts, 1753-1866, letters, 1773-1866, and letters and papers relating to the dispute with Lord Milford over Moreton Colliery, 1773-1798. The contents refer mainly to Moreton Colliery in the parish of St Issells near Saundersfoot but also include records from Trevane, Picton Moor, Vadson and Hopshill. There are frequent references to Sir John Philipps of Picton Castle, his son, Sir Richard Philipps (Lord Milford), William Hopkins, Henry Phelps of Norchard, James Child of Begeli and others. Much information is revealed about the practical and economic aspects of coal mining in Pembrokeshire, the individuals involved, the transgressions by other proprietors and the ensuing legal disputes.

Schedules of deeds

Original schedules of deeds and documents belonging to the Gogerddan estates, compiled in volumes and on loose sheets, 1739-1868; and modern schedules and research material [20th cent.], included here for convenience.

Denbighshire election papers

Papers mainly from the Denbighshire election of 27 November 1868 in which Sir Watkin Williams Wynn of Wynnstay was the Conservative candidate. The Liberal candidates were Robert Myddleton Biddulph and George Osborne Morgan. The papers comprise poll books, check books of the clerks, and a large bundle of vouchers, bills and correspondence, 1868-1869.

Cardiganshire election papers

Books and papers relating to the borough and county elections in Cardiganshire, in which members of the Pryse family either stood for Parliament themselves or supported another candidate, The series comprise poll books, 1729-1812, [1841x1852.]; freeholders’ books and other electoral registers, 1760-1849; election accounts, [1769]-1871; political and election letters, 1739-1855; and miscellaneous election papers, [1690]-1862. Some of the miscellaneous bundles contain items which elucidate the system of borough administration at Cardigan and Lampeter in addition to the election material,

Papers of James Morice of Wallog

Papers of the Gogerddan agent, James Morice of Wallog, and Anne, his wife (nee Anne Watkin of Moelcerney), comprising letters, 1810-1847, accounts, bills and receipts, 1820-1842, probate records, 1813-1877, and notebooks, 1810-1831.

Parliamentary papers

Papers deriving from administrative procedures of central government and the interest of the Pryse family as Members of Parliament, 1708-1880, described in more detail at series level.

Additional pocket diaries

  • C 3842-3846.
  • Sub-sub-sub-fonds
  • 1880-1883, 1889
  • Part of Vivian Papers

T.J. & J. Smith's pocket diary and almanack, 1880, and Lett's pocket diary and almanack, 1881, 1882, 1883 and 1889. Frequent handwritten meteorological, personal and business entries by Henry Hussey Vivian. The diaries have handwritten entries by Vivian for most days within these years. They provide sometimes detailed accounts of day to day business, conversations, trips and leisure time, often referring to his third wife Averil as 'Ave'. The entries relate to time spent at Hafod Works which was his main place of business, and also to occasions working in Parliament as an MP for Swansea District and Glamorgan. Also noted are business trips including a trip to Paris, dinners, and many entries for game shooting. There are references to Prime Minister William Gladstone and to various bills being debated in Westminster including the Coercian Bill (Ireland), Irish Disturbance Bill, Coal Employees Liability Bill. There is a detailed account of the visit of the Prince of Wales to open the Prince of Wales Dock in Swansea in October 1881 when Vivian was a member of the greeting party. Near the back of the diary for 1880 are a breakdown of cash accounts seemingly including many donations to institutions and places of worship, including Bala College and local chapels.

Papers of Thomas Morgan, Prothonotary

Papers of Thomas Morgan, Prothonotary on the Chester circuit during the Great Sessions of Denbighshire and Montgomeryshire, which probably came to Gogerddan through the agent, James Morice of Wallog or his wife (nee Anne Watkin) who was a beneficiary of Thomas Morgan’s will. The papers derive both from his professional career and hs private life, comprising bill books, prothonotary’s charges book, charges sheets, etc., 1785-1837, 1892-1894; prothonotary’s professional papers and a compensation claim, 1787-(Postmark 1847); private accounts (Watermark 1810)-1850; and miscellaneous personal papers, 1779-1853.

Abernantbychan estate title deeds

Title deeds relating to houses and lands belonging to the Lewis family of Abernantbychan and Coedmor, which descended to the Pryse family of Gogerddan, situated in sotuh Cardiganshire, 1416-1894, various Pembrokeshire parishes, 1542-1874, the lordships and manors of East and West Pembroke and Cilgerran, 1482-[c. 1891], and miscellaneous parishes in Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire, which also include a small number of stray Breconshire deeds, 1566-1788.

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