Fonds GB 0210 MSLLYWREY - Llywarch Reynolds Manuscripts

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Llywarch Reynolds Manuscripts


  • [1600] x [1916] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

28 vols

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Llywarch Owain Reynolds (1843-1916), Celtic scholar, was the son of the author Jonathan Owain Reynolds ('Nathan Dyfed'; 1814-1891). He possessed a valuable collection of books and manuscripts, amongst which was the notable 'Llyvyr Hir Llywarch Reynolds', a seventeenth century collection of Welsh poetry in the hand of farmer poet Llywelyn SiƓn, Llangewydd.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Mr Evan D. Jones, 1916.

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Scope and content

A collection which includes correspondence; transcripts of manuscripts and of poetry; biographical material relating to historical Welsh figures; copies of material relating to the manors of Machen and Abercarn; and a translation by Reynolds of Act III, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Also included are translations from German literature by Elsa Irene Reynolds and a volume of letters to Jonathan Reynolds ('Nathan Dyfed').

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System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 970-997.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

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Language of material

  • Welsh
  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, English, unless otherwise specified.

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Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943).

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Some of the manuscripts in this collection have affinities with the Thomas Stephens MSS (NLW MSS 904-966).

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Rules and/or conventions used

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

July 2005.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943) and The Dictionary of Welsh Biography Down to 1940 (Oxford, 1959).

Archivist's note

This description was compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

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  • Text: Llywarch Reynolds Manuscripts.