- [early 13 cent.]-[1825x1827] (Creation)
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Scope and content
Manuscripts once held in the library of Plas Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire. The collection comprises mainly transcripts from medieval Welsh manuscripts such as the Red Book of Hergest, the Black Book of Carmarthen and the Red Book of Talgarth which include poetry, triads, pedigrees, arms, lives of saints, Brut y Brenhinedd, Brut y Tywysogion, the Laws of Hywel Dda, etc.; grammars and vocabularies; translations, mainly from Latin and English sources; proverbs; theological tracts; medical recipes; etc. The earliest of the manuscripts date from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries. Most of the manuscripts are in the hands of Moses and Samuel Williams, with other scribes including Dr John Davies, Mallwyd, Dr John David Rhys, William Maurice, 'Iaco ab Dewi', Edward Lhuyd and William Owen-Pughe.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Arranged as Llanstephan MSS 1-200.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Access to the original manuscripts by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
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Script of material
Language and script notes
Welsh, Latin, English, Cornish.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, Vol. II Part II (London, 1903).
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Available on microfilm at the Library.
Related units of description
Formerly Shirburn Manuscripts.
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Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, Vol. II Part II (London, 1903)
Description compiled by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.