File NLW MS 22010iB & iiE. - Lizzie Rowlands autograph album

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NLW MS 22010iB & iiE.


Lizzie Rowlands autograph album


  • 1847-1911 (Creation)

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NLW MS 22010iB: iv, 120 ff. ; 190 x 115 mm.
NLW MS 22010iiE: 13 ff.

NLW MS 22010iB: Full leather, double blind fillet.
NLW MS 22010iiE: Guarded and filed.

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Thomas Edward (Tom) Ellis (1859-1899), politician, was Liberal MP for Merioneth, 1886-1899, and chief Liberal whip, 1894-1895. He was born at Cynlas, Cefnddwysarn, Llanfor, Merionethshire, and educated in Llandderfel and Bala, before going to University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1875-1879. He joined New College, Oxford, in 1880, graduating in 1884 with a BA in Modern History, adding an MA in 1897. He became the private secretary of John Brunner, MP for Northwich, Cheshire, and in August 1886 he was elected as Liberal MP for Merioneth. By 1892, he was second whip in Gladstone's Liberal Government, and was chief Liberal whip, 1894-1895, under Lord Rosebery. He vigorously promoted Welsh interests in Parliament, advocating the disestablishment of the Church of England in Wales, the creation of a Welsh assembly and national library, and pushing through the establishment of a Royal Commission on land in Wales and Monmouthshire. At one time he was a prominent member of the Cymru Fydd movement. He had a great influence on educational administration in Wales. He contributed to the passing of the Welsh Intermediate and Technical Education Act 1889, and was a member the University of Wales Court and the Central Welsh Board. He was the founder of the University of Wales' Old Students' Association. He married Annie Jane Davies (1873-1942) of Cwrt-mawr, Llangeitho, Cardiganshire, in 1898. However, his health was fragile, and he died on 5 April 1899, while in Cannes, France, and was buried at Cefnddwysarn. His only son, T. I. Ellis, was born eight months later. A volume entitled Speeches and Addresses was published by Hughes and Son, Wrexham, in 1912. His widow subsequently married the Rev. Peter Hughes Griffiths (1871-1937).

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Archival history

Formerly part of the library of David Lloyd George, 1st earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor; the donor, the University of Kent at Canterbury, houses Lloyd George's library of printed books.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The Librarian; University of Kent at Canterbury; Donation; 1984

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Scope and content

An autograph album belonging to Lizzie Rowlands (née Jones), Penrhyndeudraeth, Merioneth, containing entries, 1860-1911, by R. J. Derfel, Thomas E. Ellis, William Rees ('Gwilym Hiraethog'), Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd') and others including a number of prominent Calvinistic Methodist ministers; together with pasted-in photographs of some of the above and family memoranda. The album was originally owned by Lizzie Jones's father Evan Jones, London House, Bala (f. iv) and includes notes taken by him from sermons heard at Calvinistic Methodist Association and other meetings, 1847-1849 (ff. 1-6 verso). Items found loose inside the volume have been filed separately (NLW MS 22010iiE): a letter from Lizzie Rowlands, 1885, and from Thomas Charles Edwards, Bala, 1896, relating to Lizzie Rowlands's association with Mary Jones, Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, and an address by Mrs Rowlands, 1904, containing an account of the walk to Bala to purchase a Bible as recounted by Mary Jones herself.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

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English, Welsh.

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Finding aids

The contents are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 8 (Aberystwyth, 1999).

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 22010iB & iiE.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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  • English



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