Fonds GB 0210 MSJHMATT - J. Hobson Matthews MSS,

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J. Hobson Matthews MSS,


  • [1900x1914] / (Creation)

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3 vols.

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Biographical history

John Hobson Matthews [or Mathews] ('Mab Cernyw'), Catholic historian, archivist and solicitor, was born in Croydon of a Cornish father and English mother but dedicated much of his time and work to Wales and Welsh interests and also followed his legal profession in Cardiff. He was a proficient linguist, speaking Maltese (having worked for some time in Malta following his graduation from Cambridge), Cornish and Welsh. Mathews published several historical and theological works, including Yr hen grefydd a'r grefydd newydd ... (1889, trans. J. H. Jones), A history of the parishes of St Ives, Lelant, Towednack, and Zennor (1892), and The Life and Memorials of Saint Teilo (1893).

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Papers, [1900x1914], containing transcripts by J. Hobson Matthews which include extracts from Cornish, South Wales and Herefordshire parish registers, wills, pedigrees and public records, together with notes on Welsh customs, a recipe for mead, etc.

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Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 2851-2853.

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  • English
  • Latin
  • Welsh
  • Italian
  • French

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English, Welsh, Latin, Italian, French.

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


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November 2005 and June 2009.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifans. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953);

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  • Text: J. Hobson Matthews Manuscripts.