Sub-sub-fonds FP - Personal papers

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Personal papers


  • 1680-1943 (Creation)

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49 vols, 37 folders, 24 envelopes

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Many of the letters and other personal papers belonged to the family of John Wynne Griffith, son of John Griffith and his wife, Jane (nee Hughes), and owner of Garn from 1791 to 1834. He was a barrister, prominent in local politics and a major in the Denbighshire militia. He had married Jane Wynne of Plasnewydd in 1785, and they had numerous children, of whom the most prominent were: Robert (1787-1818), who trained at Oxford for a career in the church, Thomas (1788-1813), an officer in 20th Bengal Native Infantry who served in India and the East Indies and died of the plague at Barrackpore, George (1790-1877), a solicitor and the eventual heir to Garn, Edward Humphrey (1792-1872), who was very active in local public life and politics, and William Henry (1805-1836), a barrister of the Inner Temple. George's only surviving son was William Douglas Wynne Griffith (1840-1927).

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The group comprises personal papers, being letters written by and received by the Griffith family, 1724-1943, letters of families such as Hughes of Gwydir, Weeg, Llwyn Gronw and Cae'rberllan, Roberts of Bryn y neuadd, Wynne of Garthmeilio and Plasnewydd, and others, 1680-1882, small diaries, pocket notebooks and almanacks containing memoranda and personal notes, 1701-1853, a few photographs, postcards and other memorabilia, 1901-[c. 1940], school papers, certificates and appointments, 1746-1920. The family members who are most frequently represented here are Jane Griffith (nee Hughes), John Wynne Griffith, Jane Griffith (nee Wynne), George Griffith, Edward Humphrey Griffith, William Henry Griffith and William Douglas Wynne Griffith. The letters, notebooks and diaries are illustrative of late eighteenth and nineteenth century life, particularly with regard to the family and household, social engagements, sporting activities, travel, elections, contemporary local and national events, domestic organisation and estate management.

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Arranged into five groups: letters (Griffith family), letters (other families), memorandum books and diaries, pictures and memorabilia, school and career papers.

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Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio รข Deddf Warchod Data 2018 a Rheoliadau Diogelu Data Cyffredinol 2018 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen

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Preferred citation: FP

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