File NLW MS 16632D. - Griffith family of Garn papers

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NLW MS 16632D.


Griffith family of Garn papers


  • 1630-[?1877] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

iii, 434 ff. with insertions.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Name of creator

Name of creator

Archival history

Sold to Edward Hall in late 1958 by [Gwladus] Ermine Dixon (1885-1975), Preston, grand-daughter of George Griffith (see f. iii).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Edward Hall; Gravesend, Kent; Purchase; January 1959

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers, 1630-[?1877], of the Griffith family of Garn, Henllan, Denbighshire, mostly relating to George Griffith.
The papers comprise twenty-six letters, 1841-1865, to George Griffith (ff. 44-94), including ten from his wife Charlotte Griffith (née Douglas), March 1841, on the illness and death of her brother Hargreave (ff. 44-63), and ten from Joseph Brereton, Liverpool, 1861-1862 (ff. 69-79, 82-89); nine letters, 1833-1842, to Charlotte Griffith (ff. 22-43); and eleven letters, 1763-1848, addressed to other members of the family (ff. 1-21); together with other papers of George Griffith, [1850s]-[?1877] (some 100 items in total), which include draft and copy letters, newspaper correspondence, and drafts of articles and speeches, mostly by Griffith, on topics of both national interest, such as taxation, the Game Laws, the Reform Bill, etc, and local Denbighshire interest (ff. 95-415), some being written on the reverse of printed ephemera, dated 1859-1866 (ff. 95-108, 245-246, 306-307, 309-310). Also included are miscellaneous items including a receipt, dated 1 October 1630 (f. 416); part of a transcript, [?1690], of a valuation of the Lordship of Ruthin (ff. 417-418); draft answers, [c. 1705], to a bill of complaint of Richard Griffith, relating to the 1686 marriage agreement of Grace Williams, Coedmawr, and John Williams, Caerberllan (ff. 419-423); notes, [c. 1816], on Napoleon and recent European military matters (ff. 424-430); and a letter, 30 October 1853, from [the Deputy Assistant Adjutant General], Scutari, [Istanbul], to the Commanding Officer of the troops at Kulali, [Istanbul] (f. 431). A letter, 4 November 1958, from Ermine Dixon, Preston, to Edward Hall is included (f. iii), together with a few notes on specific items, apparently in the hand of Edward Hall (ff. 2a, 3a, 7a, 13a, 16a, 21b, 416a, 423a).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW as follows: Griffith family correspondence; letters to Charlotte Griffith; letters to George Griffith; papers of George Griffith; miscellaneous papers.

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Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Folio 3 fragile.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

See also NLW, Garn Estate Records.

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 16632D.


A list of contents (compiled at NLW) is included (ff. i-ii); although now (2015) obsolete it contains useful additional information.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

November 2006 and December 2015.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifan and revised by Rhys M. Jones.

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