Fonds NLW MSS 11817-11881. - Richard Bennett MSS,

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Reference code

NLW MSS 11817-11881.


Richard Bennett MSS,


  • 1707-[1937] / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

65 vols.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Richard Bennett, Methodist historian, antiquary and copyist, was born in Llanbrynmair, a farmer's son who received only a basic education. He manifested an early interest in local history, copying out parish registers and researching their information. Later, he would contribute historical articles to periodicals. From 1905 Bennett regularly visited Trefeca College to read and research manuscripts and it was he who copied out the Trefeca letters for publication. Bennett also published several of his own works relating to the history of Calvinistic Methodism in Montgomeryshire.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mrs R. W. Hughes; Caersws; Presentation; 1938

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Manuscripts, 1707-[1937], from the library of Richard Bennett of Llanbrynmair and Caersws, much of which is in the hand of Richard Bennett himself. The collection comprises material largely of Montgomeryshire interest and includes parochial records, transcripts from parish registers, extracts from probate records (some of Merionethshire interest) and genealogical records, and extracts from printed works relating to Montgomeryshire.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 11817-11881.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Other volumes of transcripts by Richard Bennett are NLW MSS 5986-5988B, 5994B, and 5998B. See also NLW MS Teifigar Davies papers.

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Title based on contents.


Formerly known as Richard Bennett 1-65.


Preferred citation: NLW MSS 11817-11881.

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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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

October 2009.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953); NLW Cronfa Capeli on-line site, viewed 28 October 2009;

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  • Text: NLW MSS 11817-11881.