Fonds GB 0210 MSOSMAMS - A. Osmond Williams press cuttings,

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A. Osmond Williams press cuttings,


  • [1900]-[1910]. (Creation)

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Extent and medium

4 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Arthur Osmond Williams of Castell Deudraeth, Penrhyndeudraeth, Merionethshire, was the Liberal MP for Merionethshire, 1900-1910. He was born 17 March 1849, the son of David Williams, the first Liberal MP for the county, 1868-1869, and Annie Louisa Loveday Williams. He was educated at Eton. He inherited the Castell Deudraeth estate in 1869 and subsequently held several offices in Merionethshire and Caernarvonshire. He was elected unopposed to Parliament in 1900 in succession to O. M. Edwards. In Parliament he opposed the Boer War and supported women's suffrage. He was created a baronet in June 1909 and stood down at the January 1910 general election. He died 28 January 1927. He married Frances Evelyn Greaves in 1880 and they had three sons and two daughters. The eldest son, Osmond T. D. Williams, fought in the Boer War and was killed in the First World War. A. Osmond Williams' sister was Alice Helena Alexandra Williams (Alys Meirion) whose early years were spent caring for their mother, Annie. Following her mother's death in June 1904 Alice came to lead an active life, becoming known as a painter, writer and welfare worker. She was the first Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the National Federation of Women's Institutes in 1917.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Miss Alice Williams (A. Osmond Williams' sister); London; Donation; July 1941

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Scope and content

Four scrapbooks, compiled [1900]-[1910], containing press cuttings and letters, [1869], 1893-1910, relating to the political career of A. Osmond Williams, MP, and to his son Lieut. Osmond T. D. Williams.
The scrapbooks were evidently compiled by a member of A. Osmond Williams' family, probably his sister Alice or his mother Annie; with a few exceptions the cuttings are dated no later than early 1904, coinciding with Annie's death in June of that year.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 14031-14034.

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Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Other papers, including scrapbooks, relating to Osmond Williams and his family are NLW, Williams (Castell Deudraeth) Family Papers.

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Description identifier

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

December 2008.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (London, 1953); Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan, 'Williams, Alice Helena Alexandra (1863-1957)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 10 December 2008];

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