File NLW MS 10785C. - Llyfr eglwys Bethel (Caeo) a Bwlch-y-rhiw, etc.,

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NLW MS 10785C.


Llyfr eglwys Bethel (Caeo) a Bwlch-y-rhiw, etc.,


  • 1936. (Creation)

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Archival history

The present copy was typewritten in 1936 from a volume which was then in the possession of the Reverend T. R. Morgan, Swyddffynnon, Cardiganshire, and which had been transcribed from the original by Evan Lewis, on behalf of Timothy Richards, at Ffaldybrenin in 1841. The original register was deposited in the National Library of Wales in 1953.

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A typescript copy of a Baptist church register entitled 'Llyfr Cofnodol Perthynol I Eglwys Gristianogol Dan yr Enw Y Bedyddwyr Neulltyol Yn Cyfarfod yn ngyd ar brydiau i Dori Bara yn yr Amriwiol Leoedd Canlynol Sef Argoed a Phenycoed yn Sir Abertifi Abarduar Bwlch y rhiw Bethel a Salem Yn Sir Gaerfyrddin &c'. The original register covers the period 1751-1857, while Evan Lewis's transcript [see note under 561 below] was used independently and unofficially till 1875 and varies considerably from the original after 1841. The first part of the original register, from 1751 to 1765, is in the hand of the Reverend Timothy Thomas ('Y wisg Wen Ddisglair') of Aberduar, but the greater part of the volume was written by his brother the Reverend Zacharias Thomas and by the latter's son David Thomas of Llwynywermwd, Llan-y-crwys. Most of the entries recorded by David Thomas, from 1789 to 1839, relate only to the churches of Bethel (Caeo), Salem (Caeo), and Bwlch-y-rhiw.

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Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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  • Welsh
  • English

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Welsh, English.

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The description is also available in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Part XIX, 247.

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See NLW MS 610A, which contains the original register, 1751-1857, of Argoed chapel in Tregaron, Pen-y-coed chapel in Betws Bledrws, Aberduar chapel in the parish of Llanybydder, Bethel chapel in Caio, and Bwlch-y-rhiw chapel in Cil-y-cwm; see also NLW MS Cwrtmawr 3, 618A, which is a composite volume of notebooks containing financial accounts, 1814-1829, of Bethel chapel in Caio and Bwlch-y-rhiw chapel in Cil-y-cwm in the hand of David Thomas, with numerous insets largely in Thomas's hand.

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Publication note

See also Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes y Bedyddwyr, 1954, pp. 53ff.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 10785C.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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October 2008.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961); Cronfa Capeli on-line; Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953);

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