Series L2. - Legal papers,

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Legal papers,


  • 1410-1834. (Creation)

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2 vols, 11 bundles, 40 folders, 55 envelopes, 192 loose items.

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Legal papers, 1410-1834, which include writs, bills of complaint, defendants' answers, breviates, court orders, cases with opinions of counsel, affidavits, interrogatories and depositions of witnesses, jury lists, copies and abstracts of deeds, lawyers' accounts, pedigrees to prove title and notes on legal procedure.
A large part of the records comprises disputes over title to land, inheritance or debt in North Wales and Shropshire, which took place in the High Court of Chancery, the Court of the Exchequer, the Court of King 's Bench or the Council in the Marches of Wales, or which were treated as equity cases in the Court of Great Sessions. The most substantial of them concern Sir William Maurice 's quarrels with the Ellis family of Ystumllyn over the title to lands in Gest, [c.1597]-1620; his financial disputes with his step-son, Sir Henry Johnes of Abermarlais, 1611-1620; and Sir Robert Owen 's disputes with Col. William Price of Rhiwlas over the title to lands in Rhedynogfelen and Gest, 1679-1694. A number of the cases provide information about the distribution of both freehold properties and leasehold crown lands in Eifionydd, Caernarfonshire, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Several other files contain papers relating to the Flintshire estates of the Conway family of Nant, dated from around 1540 to 1633; boundary disputes and trespasses in Merionethshire, 1587-1749; property of the Wynn family of Glyn, 1587-1686; the indebted estate of Sir Robert Owen, 1698-1705; and the illicit activities of William Owen 's agents on the Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire estates, 1733-1754.

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Arranged chronologically by and within each file.

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Mainly English with some Latin, unless otherwise specified.

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Abbreviations plt and deft in file level descriptions denote plaintiff and defendant respectively.


Preferred citation: L2.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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