Fonds GB 0210 JBROBERTS - John Bryn Roberts Collection,

The Poison That Destroys. On the causes of World War,

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John Bryn Roberts Collection,


  • 1781-1928 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.2 cubic metres (7 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

John Bryn Roberts (1847-1931), a native of Bangor, Caernarfonshire, was a lawyer and a politician. He was a family member of Castell, Llanddeiniolen, Caernarfonshire. Educated at Cheltenham, he qualified as a solicitor in 1868, then was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1889, and in 1885 he became Liberal M.P. for Eifion (South Caernarvonshire). In 1906, he became County Court judge in Glamorgan. In 1918 he was transferred to North Wales and Chester. He retired in 1921 and died in 1931. His Liberalism was of the old individualistic kind, and he disapproved strongly of both Socilaism and nationalism. He disapproved strongly of the 'Liberal Imperialism' of Asquith and Grey and he was strongly opposed to the Boer War. He was an upholder of the old-style Gladstonian Liberalism. He made no mark in the House of Commons and his speaking style made but little impression. He was a Calvinistic Methodist and an elder within the Church.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by A. Stanley Davies, Bangor, in 1932.

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Scope and content

Papers collected by John Bryn Roberts, including correspondence, 1830-1887; legal certificates, 1863-1897; diaries, 1838-1930, kept by Bryn Roberts and some other members of the Roberts family; photographs, [c. 1880]-1924; notes on legal cases and topics, [c. 1902]-[c. 1921]; letters, 1888-1926, from John Bryn Roberts to the press; newspaper reports transcribed, 1883-1905; notes for his speeches, 1885-1905; notes on political topics, [c.1892]-[1926]; general notes, [1860]-[1894]; election addresses, 1885-1924; political leaflets and pamphlets, 1880-1927; official publications, 1889-1927; legal publications, 1863-1930; miscellaneous printed matter, 1883-1925; Calvinistic Methodist papers, 1844-1928; papers relating to the University of Wales, mainly the University College of North Wales, Bangor, 1882-1926; newspaper and magazine cuttings, 1874-1929; newspapers and periodicals, 1902-1928; bills and receipts, 1781-1926; notebooks and account books, 1833-1900.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: correspondence; memorial cards; certificates; diaries, medals; photographs, notes on law; letters to the press; newspaper transcripts; speeches; notes on political topics; various lists; miscellaneous notes; election addresses; leaflets; pamphlets; official publications; legal publications, miscellaneous printed matter; volumes; Calvinistic Methodist papers; University of Wales papers; cuttings; and receipts and accounts.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Publication note

The following two books were published before the current schedule to the collection was compiled. The references used in these volumes have been superseded as follows (old no. / new no.): K. O. Morgan, 'Wales in British politics', p. 99, n.1 (

/ 771), p. 140, n.4 (69 / 288), p. 140, n.5 (102-105 / 292+), p. 141, n.2 (73 / 297), p. 156, n.3a (

/ 937), p. 156, n.3b (236 / 322), p. 158, n.2 (64 / 324), p. 167, n.1 (236 / 322), p. 194, n.5 (107 / 363), p. 197, n.5 (239 / 358), p. 197, n.6 (124 / 356), p. 297, n.1 (

/ see index). M. Kinnear, 'The fall of Lloyd George', p. 271, n.5 (new no. 1111).

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of John Bryn Roberts Collection; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Eaton, Jack: Judge John Bryn Roberts: A biography (1989);

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