GB 0210 WGEVANS
W. Evans George and Sons (Solicitors) Collection of Brigstocke family deeds,
- 1496-1922 / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.515 cubic metres (18 boxes)
Name of creator
W. Evans George and Sons, a solicitors firm based in Newcastle Emlyn, Cardiganshire, dealt with the estates of the Brigstocke family of Llechdynny, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, and Blaenpant, Cardiganshire, until 1912. The original residence of the Brigstocke family in Wales was Llechdwnni in the parish of Llandefaelog, Carmarthenshire. The reversion of the Llechdwnni estate was sold by Morris Bowen to John Brigstocke (1604-1640) for £528. His great-grandson, William Brigstocke (1686-1725), acquired the Blaen-pant estate in the parish of Llandygwydd, Cardiganshire, through his marriage to Elizabeth Jenkins of Blaen-pant and Carrog, Cardiganshire. Their son, William Brigstocke (1708-1751) of Blaen-pant and Llechdwnni, married Mary, heiress of Francis Lloyd of Glyn, Carmarthenshire, in 1739. Owen's son was William Owen Brigstocke (1761-1831), of Blaenpant, Llechdwnni and Gellidywyll. He inherited the Gellidywyll estate in Cenarth, Carmarthenshire, in 1795, from Captain Thomas Lewes. Gellidywyll remained a seat of the family until the latter part of the nineteenth century, when it was sold to the Earl of Cawdor. William Owen Brigstocke (1784-1861), son of William Owen Brigstocke, died without issue, and the estate passed to his nephew, another William Owen Brigstocke (1831-1900), of Blaenpant. His heir, Augustus Brigstocke (1854-1930), sold the Blaenpant estate in the early twentieth century. Augustus' heir was Gwilym Owen Brigstocke. Llechdwnni was inherited by Augustus Henry Brigstocke, grandson of William Owen Brigstocke (1761-1831). Augustus died without issue in 1909, and devised Llechdwnni to his sister, Isabella Fegan who sold the estate. The family moved to Dyffryn, The Parade, Carmarthen, and established a company, Brigstocke & Son, wine and spirit merchants.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Deposited by W. Evans George and Sons, Solicitors, Newcastle Emlyn, 1966, 1968 and 1969.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Records relating to the Brigstocke family, including deeds of properties in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire prior their acquisition by the Brigstockes, 1496-1889; deeds and documents of members of the Brigstocke family, 1655-1912; miscellaneous deeds, documents and papers relating to the Brigstocke family and lands in Carmarthenshire, including the Dolhaidd estate, 1846-1892, Cenarth, 1741-1838, and Llandyfaelog and Kidwelly, 1772-1833; legal papers, 1751-1775; and deeds and documents collected by W. Evans George relating to other estates, including: papers of the Lewes family of Gellidywyll, mostly bills and receipts, 1741-1792; draft deeds of W. Evans George for property in the Lower Teifi Valley, Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire, 1896-1922; sale and account books of W. Evans George and Sons, 1863-1884; printed material, 1837-1925; papers concerned with local elections in Cardiganshire, 1741-1937; weekly account book of the surveyor of the South Wales Highway for Llanfihangel-ar-arth, 1866-1873; records of the Court of Petty Sessions, Penrhiw-pal, Cardiganshire, 1903-1927; and records of the Newcastle Emlyn Town Improvement Committee, 1903-1906.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained..
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
The archive is divided into two main groups, deeds and documents, and papers. The first group is divided into five sub-sections: deeds, etc., of properties before their acquisition by the Brigstockes; deeds, etc., of properties after their acquisition by the Brigstockes; miscellaneous deeds, etc., relating to the Brigstockes; miscellaneous deeds which have no apparent connection with the Brigstockes; and draft deeds of W. Evans George and Sons relating to properties in the lower Teifi valley. The second main group is divided into four sub-sections: papers of the Brigstocke family; legal papers in a dispute between Owen Brigstocke and John Jennings; papers of the Lewes family of Gellydywyll; and papers of W. Evans George.
Conditions of access and use area
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 regulations apply.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
English, early deeds in Latin.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds.
Virtua system control number
Subject access points
- Deeds -- Wales -- Carmarthenshire.
- Deeds -- Wales -- Pembrokeshire.
- Law firms -- Wales -- Ceredigion -- Archives.
- Local government -- Wales -- Newcastle Emlyn.
- Roads -- Wales -- Pembrokeshire.
- Cardiganshire (Wales)
- Carmarthenshire (Wales)
- Pembrokeshire (Wales)
- Kidwelly (Wales)
- Blaen-pant (Wales)
- Llechdwnni Estate (Wales)
- Llanfihangel-ar-arth (Wales)
- Newcastle Emlyn (Wales)
Place access points
Name access points
- W. Evans George and Sons. (Creator)
- Blaenpant Estate (Wales) (Subject)
- Dolhaidd Estate (Wales) (Subject)
- Gellidywyll Estate (Wales) (Subject)
- Llechdwnni Estate (Wales) (Subject)
- Great Britain. Court of Petty Sessions (Cardiganshire). Divisional Courts. (Subject)
- Brigstocke family, of Blaenpant and Llechdwny -- Archives (Subject)
- Brigstocke family, of Blaenpant and Llechdwny. (Subject)
- Lewes family, of Gellidywyll. (Subject)
Genre access points
Description control area
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales
Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, W. Evans George & Sons Schedules, 1987.