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A notebook

Topographical and archaeological notes on the coast of Wales, with sketches and plans, by Lewis Morris.

Antiquarian notes

Press cuttings of notes of antiquarian interest taken from North Wales newspapers, with additional notes by Meredith J. Hughes.

Antiquities, &c.

A notebook of Edward Lhuyd, written 1698 (see pp. 10, 52), containing details of monumental inscriptions in Llanboidy (p. 6), Defynnog (p. 7), Llanfihangel (Mongomeryshire) (p. 17), Trawsfynydd (p. 31), Llangadog (p. 53), Herefordshire (pp. 58, 72), Llanllywenfel (p. 75), Llanafan Fawr (p. 77) and Llandanwg (p. 89); sketches of stone crosses (pp. 59-61, 73), stone circles (pp. 27, 44, 94, 99, 100) and further stones (pp. 2, 9, 42-3, 56), lime pit fossils (pp. 14, 44, 54, 62, 84-5, 145), a window (p. 3), Llangorse lake (p. 36), and the shore by Barry Island (pp. 37-8); and details of tombstones and their epitaphs (pp. 4, 11, 13, 39, 47, 63, 69, 81). The volume also includes notes relating to manuscripts and their owners (pp. 65-74), etc. An autograph note on p. 120 states: 'Mr. Edward Lhwyd was born at Lappiton parish, his nurse is now [?1698] living at Krew green (where he was nurs'd) 9 yre of her at Mrs. Judith Cowfield at Lappiton / his nurse says he is 41 years old 3 days before Michaelmas last according to Catherine Bowen his nurse to ye best of her memory'.

Lhuyd, Edward, 1660-1709

Barddoniaeth, etc.

A composite volume, partly in the hand of Mary Richards, Darowen, containing poetry (some composed by poets on visits to Darowen), largely in the form of 'englynion', by Rowland Parry ('Ieuan Carn Dochen'), David Richards ('Dewi Silin'), Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'), [William Jones] 'G[wilym] Cawrdaf', [William Williams] 'G[wilym] Cyfeiliog', [William Williams] 'Gwilim Iorwerth' (Darowen), Robart Parri (?'Robyn Ddu Eryri'), [David Richards] 'Dafydd Ionawr', Aneurin Owen, 'Llewelyn Idris', William Edwards ('Gwilym Padarn'), David Pugh, [Benjamin Jones] 'P. A. Môn', [Morris Jones] 'Meurig Idris' (Dolgellau), 'Cynfrig', Robert Parry ('Robyn Ddu Eryri'), David Ellis (Llanwrin), John Davies, W. W. Jones (Glaslyn), Robert Davies ('Bardd Nantglyn'), J[ohn] A[thelston] Owen ('Bardd Meirion'), William Edwards ('Gwilym Callestr'), 'Gwilym Tew Glan Taf', Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), [W. Williams] 'Gwilym Bryn Mair', [Henry Griffyth] 'Hari Goch o Wynedd', [Morris Davies] 'Meurig Ebrill', Griffith Llwyd, Evan Jones ('Ieuan Gwynedd') [Robert Jones] 'Bardd Mawddach', John Jones ('Vicar Llanfair'), Edward Beynion [Bennion] ('Meddyg Cyrnybwch') (Oswestry), David (Dafydd) Harries (Nantllemysten), Dr [William Owen-] Pughe, etc., and anonymous poems; 'Traethawd neu Raglwybr yn dysgu Egwyddorion a Gwreiddiau Cerddoriaeth (incomplete); notes on bardic and ogham alphabets; 'Cofrestr or Cromlechau neu Allorau'r Derwyddion'; 'Drygioni Meddod'; 'Tri thlws ar ddeg o Frenindlysau Ynys Brydain' and 'Achau Llywelyn ap Gruffydd' (from a manuscript [Cwrtmawr MS 200] of Lewis Morris ('Llywelyn Ddu o Fôn'); copies of letters to Mary Richards, &c. from [Daniel Evans] 'Daniel Ddu o Geredigion', Maesmynach, near Lampeter, 1830 (the publication of the writer's Gwinllan y Bardd), William Edward ('Gwilym Padarn'), Waun fawr, 1822 (a visit to Gwent eisteddfod, a silver cup of Capt. William Griffith of Caernarvon, enclosing poetry), W. Owen-Pughe ('Gwilym Owain o Feirion') (to John [Ryland] Harris 'Ieuan Ddu Glan Tawy'), 1823 (personal) (with an incomplete reply) ('ni bu yr yscrifell byth mwyach yn ei law'), J. Blackwell ['Alun'] Oxford, 1824 (enclosing a stanza by 'Ioan Tegid'), Jas. Evans, secretary, Cymmrodorion or Metropolitan Cambrian Institution, 1821 (the addressee's election to honorary membership), etc.; an address of the Cymreigyddion Society of Aberystwyth to Mary Richards, 1822, and the latter's reply, 1823; an account of a St David's Day dinner of the Cymreigyddion Society of Aberystwyth, 1823 (from Seren Gomer, June 1823); miscellaneous memoranda and anecdotes, etc. Some of the transcripts are in a bardic alphabet. Inset are two 'carolau' composed in America, 1860, by John Lewis Davies ('Ioan Cadfan').

Cymdeithas Lenyddol y Gerlan, Bethesda,

  • NLW MS 11024C.
  • File
  • 1906-1919.

A minute book of the Literary Society of Gerlan Calvinistic Methodist Church, Gerlan, Bethesda, Caernarvonshire, covering (with some gaps) the period 1906-19. Among the entries are detailed reports of lectures by Principal [Thomas] Rees, Bangor (on 'David Livingstone'), Professor [Sir] John Morris-Jones, Bangor ('Dewi Wyn o Eifion' and 'Pantycelyn'), Thomas Shankland, Bangor ('Morgan John Rhys, y Jacobin Cymreig'), S. Maurice Jones, Caernarvon ('Olion Hen Hanes Cymru', with illustrations, by the recorder, of Caernarvon Castle, Valle Crucis Abbey, the parliament house of Owain Glyndŵr at Dolgellau, Cefn Brith, etc.), J. H. Jones ('Je Aitsh'), Liverpool ('Y Cymro trwy lygad Said'), [Lewis Davies Jones] ('Llew Tegid') ('Trioedd hen a newydd), [Robert] Gwyneddon Davies and Mrs. [Grace] Gwyneddon Davies ('Alawon Gwerin'), T. Gwynn Jones, Aberystwyth ('Pantycelyn'), etc.

David Jones letters to Saunders Lewis

Fifty-three letters and cards, 1948-1974, from the artist and writer David Jones to Saunders Lewis, discussing his creative work, the Welsh language, aspects of Welsh and Classical antiquity and literature, the Roman Catholic faith and culture in general. Drawing on f. 51 and inscriptions on ff. 10-13, 29 verso, 36 verso, 44 verso. Also included are three letters, 1937, from David Jones to Margaret Lewis, written during her husband's imprisonment (ff. 91-3 verso) and a copy of a speech by David Jones, delivered in absentia when he was awarded the honorary degree of DLitt by the University of Wales in 1960 (ff. 21-7).

Jones, David, 1895-1974

Documents relating to Wales

'Antiquarian and Historical Documents &c. relating to Wales', including transcripts by John Jenkins of abstracts and extracts made by John Lloyd, Caerwys, from Sebright manuscripts.

Katheryn of Berain

A volume containing an offprint of Sir John Ballinger, 'Katheryn of Berain, a study in North Wales family history', Y Cymmrodor, 40 (1929), 1-42, which was given to R. D. Roberts by the author in 1929 in recognition of the help he received while correcting the proofs (see inside front cover, ff. i verso-iv). Genealogical and biographical notes on the Salesbury and related families, [c. 1934], in the hand of R. D. Roberts, occur on ff. ii verso-iv, pp. 2, 45-54 and genealogical tables I-III, together with press cuttings, 1930-1933, relating to Katheryn of Berain and Mrs Hester Piozzi tipped in on pp. 55-56, photographs of Plas Berain, Llanefydd, Denbighshire (3), 1906-1923, pasted on f. iv verso and inside back cover, and cuttings from William R. Owen, Catalogue of the loan collection of Welsh antiquities ... (Liverpool, 1902) tipped in on f. viii (see MS 13910B). Letters to R. D. Roberts from Sir John Ballinger (6), 1928-1929, and A. Foulkes-Roberts (1), 1931, are tipped in on the front coverand on ff. i verso-iii, iv and v verso.

Ballinger, John, 1860-1933

Letters to 'Harri Ddu o Ddyfed'

  • NLW MS 21881C.
  • File
  • 1837-1852

Some fifty letters, 1837-1841, to Henry Evans ('Harri Ddu o Ddyfed'), secretary of the Cambrian Society, Cardiff, on subjects of Welsh antiquarian and Cymreigyddion interest; together with notes gathered by Evans and verses by or concerning him. The correspondents include Edward Copleston, bishop of Llandaf (2) 1838, Thomas Phillipps, Middle Hill (7) 1837-39, Thomas Price ('Carnhuanawc') (3) 1837, Rice Rees, Llandovery (6) 1837-9, and William Williams, Aberpergwm (3) 1837-39.

Llyfrau nodiadau

A volume of notebooks sewn together, containing jottings and extracts on Welsh grammar, antiquities, history and music, and miscellaneous notes, by David Lewis and John Lewis, 1847-1852.


Three volumes of transcripts and notes made by Walter Davies, including extracts relating to the history, language, topography, and archaeology of Wales, 'englynion' and other poems, extracts from the Bible, etc.


A composite volume containing a miscellany of literary and historical material, etc., in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg') including pp. 1-13, an outline plan drawn up by Edward Williams in 1806 for setting up a committee and employing paid research workers with a view to publishing 'A Complete and Superb History of the County of Glamorgan' (see also NLW MSS 13103B, 13114B above); 17-22, brief topographical and historical notes on Glamorganshire; 25-33, notes on the princes of Glamorgan from the time of Morgan Mwynfawr to the time of Iestyn ab Gwrgan; 41-51, extracts from [John] Leland's Itinerary relating to cos. Glamorgan and Monmouth; 57-81, genealogical and historical extracts from Panton MS 15 (now NLW MS 1984A); 82-91, further genealogical data relating to the saints of Britain ('Bonedd Seint Ynys Prydain o Lyfr Mr. Elis'); 91-3, notes on the nine kings of Glywysyg 'sef y wlad a elwir y weith horn Cantref Gwaunllwg yrwng Afon Wysg . . . ac Afon Elerch' (see also NLW MS 13106B above); 93-4, two versions of an anecdote relating to Urien Rheged; 105-06 + 111-12, a printed copy of the resolutions of a committee of the Cambrian Society in Gwent held 10 May 1822 concerning arrangements for an 'eisteddfod'; 107-09, notes relating to two 'eisteddfodau' held at Carmarthen [?1451] and 1461; 113-15, a record of 'Remarkable frost in Britain', A.D. 220-1788; 117-29, notes headed 'Rural knowledge' containing miscellaneous information on a variety of topics, e.g. the growing of hawthorn hedges, manures, the making of carrot marmalade, the planting of potatoes, carrots, etc.; 131-3, anecdotes relating to Inigo Jones ? extracted from [Horace] Walpole: Anecdotes of Painting [in England]; 134- 41, copies of two letters, 1797, [from Edward Williams] to Sir Richard Hoare, Bart., Stourhead, Wiltshire, the first reciting a traditional story concerning the brothers William and Richard Twrch and the latter's work as a stonemason at Bewper (Beaupre) Castle [co. Glamorgan] (see also NLW MSS 13089E, 13103B above), and the second relating mainly to ancient memorial inscriptions at Lantwit Major including inscriptions on a stone unearthed by the writer in the churchyard there; 149-65, a transcript of notes relating to Saint Illtud, the ancient school and monastery founded at Llanilltud, and the abbots of the said monastery allegedly compiled by the Reverend David Nicholls in 1729 (see also NLW MS 13114B above); (continued)

163 (2) -74, further notes [? by Edward Williams] on Saint Illtud and the school and monastery at Llanilltud, and a transcript of the inscriptions on the 'Cross of Iltutus' at the said place, etc. (see again NLW MS 13114B above); 175-8, notes in English, in the hand of Taliesin Williams, on the nine kings of Glewiseg (see pp. 91-3 of the present manuscript); 183-4, an account of the division of Glamorgan between Syr Rhobert fab Amon and his twelve Norman knights (written on the blank verso of a printed sheet, 1797, proclaiming an 'eisteddfod' to be held in Caerwys [co. Flint] in 1798 under the patronage of Cymdeithas y Gwyneddigion); 188-201, extracts relating to members of various branches of the English peerage, e. g. earls of Gloucester, Worcester, Leicester, Pembroke, etc.; 204-26, an alphabetical list of names of persons (historical, pseudo-historical), names of places, elements in place-names, etc.; 228-31, notes relating to medieval lords of Gower; 234-5, genealogical data relating mainly to the Gawntlo family; 236-9, historical data relating to the lordship of Glamorgan ('Morganwg') in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries; 248, an extract from a letter, 1698, from John Lloyd ap Huw from Bryn Blaen y Ddol, Meirionethshire, to Edward Llwyd of the [Ashmolean] Museum relating to stone circles and 'cistfeini' (see NLW MS 2029B); 248-55, miscellaneous extracts including names of ancient kings of Gwent, Glamorgan, Ercyng, Glewisig, and [Brycheiniog], notes on St. Illtud, etc.; 256-80, an alphabetical list of Welsh poets, 5th-late 17th cent., with dates when they flourished and occasional biographical notes extracted 'o Lyfr y diweddar Barchedig Mr. Dafydd Ellis o Amlwch ym Môn'; 280-85, addenda to the list contained in pp. 256-80; 286-7, notes headed 'Bonedd ag anfonedd' extracted from Panton MS 63 (now NLW MS 2029B); 287-9, further addenda to the list in pp. 256-80; 292-9, a copy of the words of a 'Song for the Glamorgan Volunteers . . . By Edward Williams' with notes on the text (see also NLW MS 13089E); 309, notes from Nennius relating to the 'origin of the Britons'; 316-18, brief notes on a few ancient inscriptions in Glamorganshire, Breconshire, etc.; 324-6, extracts from the Liber Landavensis; 332-3, proposals for publishing 'Traethawd ar Areithyddiaeth o Saesneg y Dysgedig Dr. Blackwell gan Iolo Morganwg'; 336, a note on Dafydd ap Gwilym; 338-41, extracts from [Thomas] Astle: The Origin and Progress of Writing [2nd ed.], 1803; 346-59, notes on the erection of cob walls, the use of clay ashes and coal ashes in mixing mortar, rough casting, the erection of rough stone walls, ashlar fronts, varieties of stone for building in Glamorgan, the mixing of mortar, pointing, outside plastering, and the making of mortar floors; 364-7, notes relating to the history of South Wales in the eleventh century; 373-4, a table tracing the line of chief poets of Morgannwg with their disciples from the time of Dafydd ap Gwilym to the time of Siôn Bradford, circa 1780; 378-9, advice re the planting of orchards in Glamorgan; 384-7, notes on the topography, etc., of Glamorgan; 394-421, extracts from [William] Camden: Britannia (ed. Edmund Gibson) relating to inscribed stones in Wales, and 'Antient Gallick words collected out of Roman Authors compared with the Welsh', etc.; 426- 30, miscellaneous genealogical and historical data; 431, a note relating to the 'eisteddfod' held at Caerwys, co. Flint, in 1523 or 1524; 432-4, a list of poets and authors of cos. Denbigh, Merioneth, Caernarvon, and Anglesey 'ar a oedd ar unwaith an cyfoes ni yn canu ar eu bwyd i hun mal y mae y ddiareb yn fonheddigion ag uchelwyr da'; 435-6, extracts from the Liber Landavensis; and 438-49, lists of towns, markets, villages, seaports, and bays or inlets in co. Glamorgan, and notes on 'Native fruits of Glamorgan', etc.


Miscellaneous papers including 'A List of Notices or Accounts of Dolmens and Cistvaens in Wales (Archaeologia Cambrensis)'; an incomplete essay on ancient Welsh laws and customs; transcripts, 1581[?5]-1608, from an unspecified parish register [?in the diocese of Llandaff]; a copy of 'Carol Nadolig' by Peter Lloyd, 1787; and 'Cân-'Gyffylliog' by Hugh Hughes, Nant, Llanrhaiadr[-yng-Nghinmeirch, co. Denbigh]. The two latter compositions are not in the hand of E. Stanton Roberts.

E. Stanton Roberts and others.

Miscellaneous tracts,

A collection of historical tracts transcribed by John Thomas from manuscripts of Evan Evans ('Ieuan Brydydd Hir') - a transcript of the Charter granted by Henry VII to the inhabitants of North Wales, 1507; a translation of De Bardis Britannicis Dissertatio, 1760; extracts from correspondence concerning Welsh antiquities between Lewis Morris, Edward Richard, Dr Philips, Blaenpant, and Samuel Pegge, 1759-1760; a transcript of Sir John Wynne's History of the Gwydir Family; and a copy of the pedigree of the families mentioned in that work brought down to 1764, and taken from a manuscript in the possession of Lewis Owen, curate of Llanllechid.

John Thomas.


Two volumes of miscellaneous transcripts mainly in the hand of Walter Davies (Gwallter Mechain, 1761-1849), relating to the antiquities, history, topography, language, and literature of Wales. They include catalogues of Welsh manuscripts; transcripts of manuscripts of Evan Evans (Ieuan Brydydd Hir), of letters of Edward Lhuyd, Lewis Morris, Goronwy Owen, etc., of Strata Marcella abbey charters, of monumental inscriptions, of Evan Evans's transcripts of Richard Farrington's archaeological notes, etc.; notes on Llanerfyl, Llangadfan, and Garthbeibio, written by William Jones, Llangadfan, and sent by him, with letters, to Walter Davies; a letter, 1792, from Edward Williams (Iolo Morganwg) to Walter Davies; an extract, by Lewis Morris, from his Celtic Remains; Marwnad Lewis Morys ... by Goronwy Owen, in the autograph of Evan Evans; etc. Both volumes are indexed.

Evans, Evan, 1731-1788

Press cuttings

A collection of press cuttings relating to Welsh folklore, local history and antiquities compiled by J. C. Davies, with a poster of his lecture 'Un mlynedd ar bymtheg yn Ngwlad y Cewri', at Llanafan, 31 January 1893.

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