Fonds GB 0210 MSPLASPOW - Plas Power Manuscripts

Texts on astronomy Piers Plowman,

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Plas Power Manuscripts


  • [11 cent.]-[18 cent.] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

21 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Plas Power, most of which was situated in the parish of Wrexham, was probably established by Sir Henry Power. The Lloyd family were also associated with Dulasau in Caernarvonshire and Esclusham in Denbighshire.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from Plas Power, Denbighshire, 1913.

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Scope and content

A collection, accumulated by the Lloyd family of Plas Power, comprising an unpublished sixteenth-century treatise; annotated copies of works by Moses Williams (1685-1742) and John Worrall (d. 1771); an English-Welsh dictionary and material for a Welsh dictionary; transcripts of Welsh poetry, of an essay by Robert Vaughan of Hengwrt (1592?-1666), and of George Ripley's (d. c. 1490) 'The compound of alchymy', 1471; treatises, vocabularies and other texts in Latin and Greek; genealogies of Welsh families; sixteenth-century rental accounts relating to North Wales; an account of proceedings in Parliament for the year 1620; a translation of Christopher Sutton's (c. 1565-1629) Disce mori ...; a version of Piers Plowman; and other items.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 716-736.

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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

Welsh, English, unless otherwise specified.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

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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Related units of description

See also NLW, Plas Power Estate Records and NLW MS 22097E.

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Labels on some of the manuscripts were written by Richard Lloyd ('Bard of Snowdon'; 1752-1835), who wrote similar labels on some of the Hengwrt manuscripts.


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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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

June 2005.


  • English



The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943)

Archivist's note

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

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