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The nobility & gentry of North Wales

A transcript of 'The Names and Arms of the Ancient Nobility and Gentry of North [and South] Wales', and of 'Englishmen and others ... possessed of Estates in Wales...', from a sixteenth century manuscript. The arms are blazoned and there is an index.

Account of Wales,

  • NLW MS 21895C.
  • File
  • [1561x1571] /

An unpublished historical and topographical account of Wales by John Gwynne of Llanidloes, co. Montgomery, Surveyor of North Wales and servant to Sir William Herbert, first Earl of Pembroke, the author's presentation copy to Sir William Cecil (later Lord Burghley), with a correction in Cecil's hand on f. 8 verso. The text, in English apart from Latin sub-headings, with marginal notes, is written in alternating Secretary and Italic scripts and is preceded by a dedicatory letter (f. 3 recto-verso). Folios 8-11 verso carry thirty-four coats of arms; and f. 20 verso carries a plan of the Welsh royal court similar to the illustrations found in BL Add. MS 22356 and NLW Llanstephan MS 116. A transcript of the same text, contained in Cardiff MS 3.11 (RMWL MS 50), pp. 27-94, has been published in Archaeologia Cambrensis 1915.

Gwynne, John, surveyor of North Wales.

Pedigrees and Arms

Pedigrees, mostly copied 1828, in the hand of John Jenkins, of the families of Herbert of Dolforgan, Kerry, Jones of Great Hemm, Forden, and Pryce of Gunley, and of Hugh Owen, archdeacon of Salop (ff. 7-17 verso); with coloured drawings of the arms of the founders of Welsh families, etc. (ff. 199-208, 215 verso-217, 221 verso).

Jenkins, John, 1770-1829

An armorial

Coats of arms, coloured, of the founders of Welsh and Border Counties families, comprising 'The Aancient descent of diuers noble and worthie howsen and gentlemen of great worshipp springring from them' and 'The names of such other gentlemen as came into wales and ther, or in the marches therof have lande and possessions where they inhabite, by certen descent of inheritance Ther first Auncestors being eyther Englishmen, Danes, Normans or Irishe men, and at this present growen to be great howses of worshipp in walles'.

Herald's Armorial, Vol. II

  • NLW MS 13698D
  • File
  • 1640-1660

A manuscript armorial of English and Welsh families entitled The nomenclature or Heralds Alphabett of Surnames, L-Z (vol. II), with additional notes by Peter Le Neve (1661-1729), Norroy King at Arms. Painted coats-of-arms have been affixed to the manuscript at relevant points throughout the work.

Le Neve, Peter, 1661-1729

Herald's Armorial, Vol. I

  • NLW MS 13697D
  • File
  • 1640-1660

A manuscript armorial of English and Welsh families entitled The nomenclature or Heralds Alphabett of Surnames, A-K (vol. I), with additional notes by Peter Le Neve (1661-1729), Norroy King at Arms. Painted coat-of-arms have been affixed to the manuscript at relevant points throughout the work.

Le Neve, Peter, 1661-1729

Goronwy Owen letters

  • NLW MS 24047C.
  • File
  • 1855-1858

A volume, 1855 (watermark 1845), in the hand of John Hughes, Llanerchymedd, Anglesey, containing transcripts of letters and poetry, and other texts.
The volume contains items apparently copied from an untraced manuscript of John William Prichard (ff. 1 verso-25 verso), including transcripts of seven letters, 1751-1757, from Goronwy Owen to William Morris (ff. 2-20 verso, Welsh, English), and one, 1741, from Goronwy Owen to Owen Meyrick (ff. 21-22 verso, Latin, English), all of which appear in The Letters of Goronwy Owen (1723-1769), ed. by J. H. Davies (Cardiff, 1924); a transcript of a letter, 1806, from William Owen-Pughe to Prichard (f. 25 recto-verso); Goronwy Owen's Latin poem 'On Captain Thomas Ffoulkes' Escape…' (ff. 23-24); and englyns in Latin, English and Welsh by Edward Morris (f. 24). The volume also contains a copy of a poem ascribed to Robert Duke of Normandy but probably written by Iolo Morganwg (see The Gentleman's Magazine, 76 (1794), 981) (ff. 26 verso-27); a translation into English [by John Hughes] of the poem 'Y Gorwynion' (ff. 27 verso-31); a list describing the parish churches of Anglesey and their founders (ff. 68-74 verso); and descriptions of the Fifteen Tribes of North Wales (and a few others), with the blazons of their arms (ff. 76-81 verso). Items found loose within the volume (7 ff.) have been tipped in on blank leaves (ff. 32-34, 83), with the exception of a copy, 1799, by John William Prichard, of the poem 'Yr Eneth o'r Bryn', said to have been translated from English by Goronwy Owen (see Alan Llwyd, Gronwy Ddiafael, Gronwy Ddu: Cofiant Goronwy Owen 1723-1769 (1997), p. 58), which is loose at the end of the volume (f. 137).

Hughes, John, active 1855-1858.

Awdlau Wiliam Kynwal

A volume containing forty-three odes composed and written by Wiliam Kynwal between 1567 and 1576 (ff. vii verso, 1-93). He began the manuscript at Cerrig Ellgwm 'yn fy siambr vy hun yngheric Ellgwm y trydydd dydd o vis mai o vewn yssbyty dol gynwal a duw a wyr na wnn pwy na[c] ym ha le y gorffennir ef' (ff. v verso-vi). The odes are headed by the arms of the persons addressed, except in the case of the odlau merched, in which quaint sketches of women are substituted.
Also included are a prologue (ff. 5-6) and an incomplete table of contents (f. 6 recto-verso). At the end of the manuscript there is a rough copy of an ode by Huw Machno (ff. 95-96), who has also written some notes on the folios at the beginning (ff. i-iv).

Cynwal, Wiliam, -1587 or 1588

Wynn of Gwydir heraldry and memoranda

Colour illustrations of armorial bearings, seals, memorial inscriptions and memoranda relating to the Wynn of Gwydir family added to a copy of Sir John Wynn, The History of the Gwydir Family (Ruthin, 1827). Inserted on f. 11 are two original items in the hand of Sir John Wynn, one of which is a transcript of a letter from Henry III to Llywelyn ab Iorwerth.

Wynn, John, Sir, 1553-1627

Pedigree of Francis Vaughan of Yorkshire

  • NLW MS 24125G.
  • File
  • 1591

Pedigree and achievement, 1591, of Francis Vaughan (Vychan or Vichan, d. 1597), of [Sutton-upon-Derwent], Yorkshire, compiled by Thomas Jones (Twm Siôn Cati) of Fountain Gate, Cardiganshire, and probably executed by Richard Adams 'paynter of Ludlow' (c.f. NLW Roll 226), with fifty-three fully painted coats of arms, mostly impaled and many quartered.
The pedigree is traced from 'Kradog Vraychvras, Earle off Herefourde', 'Iustyn ap Gurgan, K[ing] of Glamorgan & Morganog', 'Ryes Tewder [Rhys ap Tewdwr], King off Southwales', 'Griffith ap Kynan, King off Northwales', and 'Bleddyn ap Kynvin, Prynce off Powys', as well as from Edward I. Additional information is enclosed in twelve cartouches, mostly scattered throughout the top third of the pedigree, with one each in the bottom corners. The pedigree most closely resembles 'Style 1' in Michael Powell Siddons, Welsh Pedigree Rolls (Aberystwyth, 1996), p. 11. Vaughan's grandfather was Thomas Vaughan of Porthaml, Talgarth, Breconshire; the family's association with Yorkshire began only with Francis's father, John, who settled there early in the reign of Elizabeth I. Francis Vaughan was chief steward of crown lands in the East Riding from 1580, High Sheriff of Yorkshire, 1594-95, and was killed in Ulster, in service to the crown, in July 1597.

Jones, Thomas, approximately 1530-approximately 1620

Pedigree of Richard Herbert, Dolforgan

  • NLW MS 24101G.
  • File
  • 1687, [18 cent., last ¼]

Pedigree, dated 1687, of Richard Herbert of Dolforgan, Kerry, Montgomeryshire, containing nineteen coats of arms, all painted, tracing Herbert's lineage, in the male line only, through fifteen generations, [?spuriously] from King Henry I and his son Herbert [?recte Henry] fitz Roy.
Husbands and wives are recorded in roundels beneath their impaled coats of arms; additional coats have been included to represent Herbert's wife's parents and maternal grandparents, and his daughter. Three generations have been added to the pedigree in a different hand (without heraldry), while further additions have been roughly sketched in pencil, [18 cent., last ¼]. Eight roundels have been left empty. The compilers of the pedigree are not named, however the Rev. John Jenkins (Ifor Ceri) ascribes it to Morris Evans of Llanfyllin, antiquary, and 'John Richardson, Herald Painter' (see NLW MS 1655B, f. 8; the repetition of this attribution alongside other pedigrees in the same volume (f. 13 verso) may cast doubt on its accuracy however). A dedication at the foot of the pedigree lists the authorities consulted (in NLW MS 1655B, f. 9 verso, Ifor Ceri appends the same list to a different pedigree altogether).

Evans, Morris, active 1667-1693

Welsh heraldic notes and sketches

A volume of armorials, blazons and accompanying notes, 1890-1894, compiled by D. Griffith Davies, relating mainly to Welsh tribes and families.
These include arms of Gwynedd (f. 10), the Five Royal Tribes of Wales (ff. 11-15), the Fifteen Tribes of North Wales (ff. 16-31), the four Welsh Sees (ff. 32-35), chieftains of North Wales and Powys (ff. 35 verso-79) and of South Wales (ff. 80-95) and miscellaneous arms (ff. 88 verso-115, inverted text on versos). Many of the arms (ff. 61-114) are copied from 'Hengwrt MSS No. 395'. The armorials to f. 57 are mostly fully painted, thereafter mostly unpainted. The volume also includes notes taken from F. Edward Hulme, History of Symbolism in Christian Art (London, 1891) (ff. 1-8 verso) and archaeological notes and sketches relating to churches and other antiquities in Anglesey (ff. 117-131 verso).

Pedigree of Gawen Goodman of Ruthin

  • NLW MS 24106G.
  • File
  • 1584

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.

Thomlyns, Richard

Genealogy of the Lloyd family,

  • NLW MS 23944C.
  • File
  • 1900-[1940s]

A volume, 1900-[1940s], detailing the history of the Lloyd family of Cwm Bychan, near Harlech, Merioneth, containing numerous painted coats of arms, illuminated initials and other illustrations. It was begun in 1900 by Llewelyn Lloyd and added to probably by his son Guy Ynyr Llewelyn Lloyd and other descendants.
The main body of the text (pp. 9-67) chronicles the descent of the family from the 10th century figure, Gwaethvoed Vawr (p. 9), via the lords of Nannau, Merioneth (pp. 17-39), to the Llwyds of Cwm Bychan (pp. 41-49), and then to their descendants in Flintshire, including the Rev. John Lloyd of Caerwys (pp. 52-57) and Angharad Llwyd (pp.58-59), Llewelyn Lloyd (pp. 64-65) and Guy Ynyr Llewelyn Lloyd (pp. 66-67). Successive generations, each with painted coats of arms, are recorded on a recto and additional information inserted on the verso opposite. Prefatory material (pp. v-vi, 1-8) includes heraldic devices and quotations. Items pasted into the volume include bookplates, 1747-[late 19 cent] (inside front cover, p. i), photographs of gravestones and memorials, 1899-[?1920s] (pp. 27-28, 53, 64-65), a note concerning John Lloyd, [1793x1798], possibly in the hand of Thomas Pennant (p. 56e), and pedigrees drawn up by Philip H. Lawson of Chester, 1919 (pp. 46a-d, 56a-d). Another pedigree by Lawson, 1919, found loose in the volume, is in an archival envelope. An inscription by the donors, 2006, is on p. iii.

Lloyd, Llewelyn, 1860-1921.


A collection, in the autograph of William Belham, of the arms in trick of some English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh families.

Belham, William, 19 cent. Collection of arms, NLW MS 1542E

Arfbeislyfr, &c.

An armorial of Welsh and English families drawn and coloured by Angharad Llwyd (1780-1866); illustrations of early costume; poems to Angharad Llwyd by Peter Llwyd, Morgan ap Rhys (Llanuwchllyn) and others; extracts from Robert Vaughan: British Antiquities Revived (Oxford, 1662); impressions of seals; letters to Angharad Llwyd and others from Evan Evans (Ieuan Glan Geirionydd) and others; verses written by Bishop Heber, Richard Newcombe and others for meetings of the Royal British Bowmen, 1822-1824; etc.

Llwyd, Angharad

Historical and genealogical tracts, etc.

A manuscript containing a history of Britain, 1688, by Thomas Sebastian Price (d. 1704), with notes by William Maurice (d. 1680); material relating to Welsh and English armorials; a criticism of John Guillim: A Display of Heraldrie; miscellaneous transcripts of deeds, essays, charters, legal material, etc.; a Welsh vocabulary; memoranda relating to the suppression of monasteries; miscellaneous pedigrees; letter, 1675, of William Maurice; etc.

Price, Thomas Sebastian, d. 1704

Pedigrees, etc.

A manuscript containing transcripts by Angharad Llwyd (1780-1866) of genealogical notes, parish registers, pedigrees and arms of Welsh and English families, etc.

Llwyd, Angharad


A transcript of Hugh Thomas's collection of pedigrees of Welsh families contained in British Museum Harleian MS 2288, with reproductions in colour of the coats of arms, an index to the pedigrees and an index to the coats of arms.

Thomas, Hugh, 1673-1720

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