Fonds GB 0210 PLASYOLYN - Plas Yolyn Estate Records and Manuscripts

Ymddiddan rhwng henwr a phlentyn

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Plas Yolyn Estate Records and Manuscripts


  • 1282-1869 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.251 cubic metres (4 large boxes, 52 volumes (Dec. 1937); 11 small boxes, 1 'tabloid' box (March 2007))

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Name of creator

Biographical history

The Edwards family descended from Iddon ap Rhys Sais of Cilhendre, Shropshire. They adopted the surname Edwards in the early 16th century. Thomas Edwards (1592-1667) of Cilhendre and Plas Yolyn, was one of the civilian envoys deputed by Thomas Mytton to negotiate the surrender of Anglesey (May-June 1646) and Harlech (March 1647). His fellow envoy was John Jones the Regicide. He also served as governor of Wrexham in 1647. He was the father of Thomas Edwards (d. 1668), who married John Jones's niece, the daughter of Watkin Kyffin, the estate agent of the Chirk Castle estate. His heiress, Julie, married John Morrall. Josiah Morrall of Holywell, surgeon, owner of Plas Yolyn when he died 1745, left debts of £1,400. His widow, Margaret sold the estate to William Challnor of Cilhendre, Dudleston, Shropshire, in 1748. Cilhendre was demolished in 1794.

Archival history

The papers of Morgan Llwyd and Colonel John Jones were not originally part of the archive of the Edwards family of Plas Yolyn. The link that connects their papers to Plas Yolyn and Cilhendre was John Jones, the Colonel's son by his first wife, Margaret, daughter of John Edwards of Stansty. John Jones lived for some years at Bryn y Ffynnon in Wrexham, where Morgan Llwyd had previously resided, and he spent the later years of his life with his cousins, the Edwards family of Cilhendre, to whose estates the Morrall family succeeded in about 1730.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from M. Cyrus Roger Morrall of Plas Yolyn, December 1937 (NLW MSS 11430-11481 and Plas Yolyn 1-426). A further group was donated by Mr & Mrs Roger Curteis of Plas Yolyn, March 2007 (Plas Yolyn 427-483).

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Scope and content

Manuscripts, estate records and family papers of the Edwards and Morrall families of Cilhendre and Plas Yolyn in Dudleston, Shropshire, including the manuscripts and papers of Morgan Llwyd (1619-1659); Colonel John Jones 'the regicide' of Maesgarnedd (?1597-1660); correspondence of the Edwards and Morrall families; papers of the Jones family of Cilhendre, descendants of Colonel John Jones; a small group of papers relating to the Hanmer family (including documents relating to the part played by William Hanmer of Fennes in the Civil War and a travel journal of Thomas Hanmer, 1728); and deeds, 1282-1869 relating to properties mainly in Denbighshire, Flint, Merionethshire and Shropshire, but also in London, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All records deposited at NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into manuscripts, deeds and documents and printed material.

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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.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Hard copies of the 1937 catalogue are available at NLW and HMC. The manuscripts are also described in NLW, Handlist of Manuscripts, IV.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Deeds relating to lands acquired by Colonel John Jones are in NLW, Peniarth Estate Papers.

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Publication note

Evan David Jones, 'The Plas Yolyn collection of Morgan Llwyd's papers', J. Mer. Hist. & Rec. Soc., vol. 3 (1957-60), pp. 286-295.

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Title based on contents of fonds.

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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

June 2001.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Mair James. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959);

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