Fonds GB 0210 MSJOHNWMS - Sir John Williams manuscripts

Llyfr Hugh Hughes (Bardd Coch) Emynau

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Sir John Williams manuscripts


  • [14 cent.]-[early 20 cent.] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

491 volumes.

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Biographical history

Sir John Williams (1840-1926), royal physician, president of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and chief founder of the National Library of Wales, was born in Gwynfe, Carmarthenshire. His private library included important manuscripts from the estate of Peniarth, Merionethshire. It was Sir John who, amongst others, pioneered the setting up of a Welsh hospital in South Africa during the Boer War. Amongst the many honours bestowed upon him during his lifetime, he was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1894.

Archival history

A large number of the manuscripts were purchased in March 1895 from the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), bibliophile; in addition, at least forty manuscripts in the series derive from the collection of Egerton Grenville Bagot Phillimore (1856-1937), scholar, and a further twelve or so manuscripts formerly belonged to the Rev. John Williams, Llanrwst (1760-1826).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Sir John Williams; Plas Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire; Donation; 1907.

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Scope and content

A collection of four hundred and ninety-one manuscripts from the library of Sir John Williams, Plas Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire.

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Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 1-462, 471-491, 493-500.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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NLW MSS 463-470 have been listed separately as part of the Wynn (of Gwydir) Papers.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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  • English



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