Fonds GB 0210 KEMNTE - Kemeys-Tynte Estate Papers,

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Kemeys-Tynte Estate Papers,


  • 1441, 1570-1888 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.115 cubic metres (5 boxes, 6 rolls, 1 volume)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

David (alive 1436), third son of Jevan or John, third son of John ap Jevan Kemeys, married Cecil, daughter and heir of Llewelyn ap Evan ap Llewelyn ap Cynfrig of Cefnmabli. The Kemeys family of Cefnmabli descended from Lewis, their eldest son, while the Kemeys family of Faendre in Monmouthshire descended from Jenkin, the younger son. The Cefnmabli estate remained in the hands of the Kemeys family until the death, unmarried, of Charles Kemeys in 1735.
He was succeeded by his sister Jane who married the Rev. John Tynte (d. 1710), 2nd baronet, of Halswell in Somerset, and rector of Goathurst. They were succeeded in turn by their three sons, Halswell Tynte (1705-30), 3rd baronet, of Halswell and Cefnmabli, whose two daughters died young, Rev. John Tynte (1707-1740, d. unm.), 4th baronet and rector of Goathurst, and Charles Kemeys Tynte (1710-1785, dsp.), 5th baronet.
Charles was succeeded by his niece Jane Hassell (1738-1824), only surviving child of Charles's sister Jane Tynte (1708-41) and her husband (m. 1737) Ruishe Hassell (d. 1749), a major in the Royal Horse Guards. Jane Hassell married Col. John Johnson of Glaiston in Rutland and Burhill, Surrey, in 1765. On his wife's succession in 1785 he changed his name to John Johnson Kemeys-Tynte (d. 1795). They were succeeded by their son Colonel Charles Kemeys Kemeys-Tynte (b. 1788) of Halswell and Cefnmabli, who was succeeded by his son Charles John Kemeys-Tynte (b. 1800), Lieutenant-Colonel of the Glamorgan militia and MP for West Somerset 1832-1837 and Bridgwater 1847-1865. He married Elizabeth, daughter and coheir of Thomas Swinnerton of Butterton Hall, Staffordshire, in 1822, and was succeeded by his son Charles Kemeys-Tynte (b. 1822), colonel of the Somerset militia.
Cefn Mabli remained in the hands of the Kemeys Tynte family until 1923.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased by NLW in 1949.

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Scope and content

Estate and family records of the Kemeys and Kemeys-Tynte families of Cefnmabli, Monmouthshire, including surveys, valuations, rentals, and accounts, 1570-[early 19 cent.]; probate records, deeds, and legal papers, 1586-[1850s]; geneaological papers, 1694-[mid-18 cent.]; and correspondence, 1642-1888. The main interest of this archive lies in the correspondence relating to political events and affairs, especially for the late seventeenth century. The archive also includes a survey of the estates of Henry, earl of Pembroke, in Glamorgan and Monmouthshire, 1570, and a rental of the estate of the regicide Henry Marten, [c. 1652].

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All records deposited at NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically into the following sections: surveys and valuations; rentals; accounts; probate records; deeds, documents and maps; legal papers; genealogical and personal papers; and correspondence.

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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 laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

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Finding aids

Further details relating to manorial records within the archive can be accessed online from The National Archives Manorial Documents Register.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

The main Kemeys-Tynte archive is Glamorgan Record Office, DKT. Another group of papers is Gwent Record Office, Kemeys-Tynte MSS. Papers relating to the family's Somerset estates are Somerset Record Office, DD/RN, DD/S/WH, DD/BR/pa. A volume containing petitions, etc. relating to the Kemeys family, 1647-1651, transcribed from Royalist Composition Papers is NLW Misc. Vol. 99.

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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

October 2001.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Stephen Benham.

Archivist's note

The following sources were used in the compilation of this record: Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (Londonm, 2 vols, 1872) vol. ii; Clark, George T., Limbus Patrum (London, 1886); Complete Peerage (London, 8 vols, 1887-98) vol. iv, Burke's Extinct Baronetcies (London, 1838);

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