Wales, South -- Genealogy.



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An imperfect, ? early seventeenth century manuscript with, bound in at the end, a ? previous, brown-paper cover inscribed in a later hand 'Llyfr Achau Llangannau 1740'. The contents consist largely of miscellaneous genealogical data much of which relates to Glamorgan and South Wales. Ff. 51-2 contain a transcript, in a later seventeenth century hand, of a Welsh strict-metre poem not attributed to any poet. There are some marginal annotations possibly in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg').

Achau, arfau, &c.

A volume containing mainly pedigrees of North and South Wales families written by two principal scribes of the circle of George Owen of Henllys, Pembrokeshire.
(a) Pages 1, 7-209, 223-232, 239-256 and possibly 372-373 are written by a scribe who, although experienced in penning a good secretary hand and in executing ornate headings, is often inaccurate in his transcription of Welsh personal and place-names; he also wrote the line 'Owain ap Gruffith /i/ gelwid Gwinn ap Gr: yn jawn' on p. 41, in italic (examples of the same italic hand are found in the margins of pp. 19, 66, 113, 355, 356, 361 and elsewhere). This section comprises a collection of pedigrees mostly of North Wales families, including 'Bonedd y Saint' (pp. 84-90); the prose text 'Pedwar Marchog ar Higen oedd yn llys Arthur' (end wanting) (pp. 37-38); the dates of battles in the 'Wars of the Roses' (pp. 31, 208); five englynion, including one by Richard Davies, bishop of St Davids (p. 1), and other englynion dispersed among the pedigrees (pp. 57, 78, 92, 114-115, 170), together with the series of forty englynion entitled 'Campod Manuwel' (pp. 223-232); and the prose piece 'Disgrifiad Arfau', a Welsh translation of the heraldic treatise 'Tractatus de Armis', attributed to John Trevor, bishop of St Asaph (pp. 239-256). The ultimate source of this section is the collection of pedigrees and other texts written, [c. 1510], by 'Syr' Tomas ab Ieuan ap Deicws in Peniarth MS 127 (see p. 53); however, internal evidence suggests that the scribe was copying from the transcript of Peniarth MS 127 in NLW MS 17112D rather than directly from the original (see p. 104, where he begins copying the note 'Darfu examinatio y llyfrev newydd hyd yma' which occurs on f. 66 verso of NLW MS 17112D, before he realized his mistake). Both Brogyntyn MS I.15 and NLW MS 17112D preserve the original order of the text of Peniarth MS 127, which has been subsequently disarranged in binding. (b) Pages 211-212, 269-371, 374-411 are written by another experienced scribe whose display script is almost indistinguishable from that of the first scribe. These pages contain pedigrees mostly of South Wales families and include two copies of 'Llyma enway Kwnkwerwyr y rhai a vyant yngwlad Vorgannwg ay harfay' (pp. 280, 361-362), a third containing merely a short list of the conquerors' names (p. 310), and two copies of 'Llyma achoed Saint ynys Brydain' [= 'Bonedd y Saint'] (pp. 363-365, 385-386). The text on pp. 211-212, as indicated by a note in the hand of George Owen of Henllys at the head of p. 211, was copied in 1596 from the manuscript of 'Hyw Lewis Sr morgan' of Hafodwen, Carmarthenshire, which 'D'd ap Ienkin m'edd o Vachynlleth' wrote in 1586; the original is now NLW MS 3055D (Mostyn MS 159), pp. 232-233. The text on pp. 271-343 is partly derived from a manuscript written in 1513 by the Carmarthenshire poet and genealogist Ieuan Brechfa for 'Mastr John ap Henry ap Rees', with some of the pedigrees brought down to the second half of the sixteenth century; Ieuan Brechfa's manuscript does not seem to have survived; it is not Peniarth MS 131, pp. 199-308, which is thought to be in his hand. The source of pp. 345-411 is unknown, although the text on pp. 347-365 follows very closely that in Peniarth MS 143, pp. [?1-3], 4, 47-48, 7-19, 33-46, 49-52, written by the same mid-sixteenth century scribe who wrote many of the religious texts in Cardiff Central Library Havod MS 22. A leaf containing a prophecy in English verse, written in a late-sixteenth century hand, has been tipped in after the main text (pp. 413-414).

Alcwyn C. Evans Manuscripts,

  • GB 0210 MSALCWYN
  • Fonds
  • [1850]-[1915] /

Manuscripts, [1850]-[1915], of Alcwyn C. Evans, mainly comprising antiquarian and historical material relating to Carmarthenshire and other places in Wales and including transcripts from parish registers, public records and other sources, and Welsh pedigrees and genealogical records compiled by Alcwyn C. Evans.

Evans, Alcwyn C. (Alcwyn Caryni), 1828-1902.

Barddoniaeth, achau, etc.,

A composite manuscript lettered 'BARDDONIAETH &c.' on the spine. The volume, which contains 'englynion', 'carolau' and pedigrees, is written for the most part (ff. 1-52 verso and 75 verso-101 verso) by Wiliam Dafydd Llywelyn of Llangynidr (c. 1520-1606) (cf. NLW MS 15542B). Another hand is responsible for ff. 53- 75, but Wiliam Dafydd Llywelyn appears to have annotated this middle section. Folio 6 verso carries an eighteenth century list of payments, and folio 7 verso is blank. The contents are: ff. 1-2 verso, part of the story of 'Trystan ac Esyllt' (cf. 'englynion' 9 to 28 in Ifor Williams, 'Trystan ac Esyllt', The Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies V, pp. 118-21); ff- 3-5v, a religious carol beginning 'hanpych well y gaua[. . .] . . .', with each stanza ending 'ora tu pro nobys'; f. 6 recto-verso, 'englynion': one by Huw Arwestl beginning 'medru tewi weithie yes medria[d] [sic] gydwedd . . .', as well as three written in praise of the song-thrush by Dauydd llwyd Mathe, 1581, Dafudd Benwyn, and Wm Mydleton; f. 8 recto-verso, a short extract of religious prose beginning 'Jessv grist yn keidwad y godoedd o feirw y fyw . . .'; f. 8 verso, an 'englyn' 'pen ddarffo rifo y ryfic, ymgais . . .'; ff. 9-46, 'Dyma englyn[ion ] . . .', a series of 226 'englynion' based on proverbs and epigrams, the first beginning '[D]auparth gwaith ganwaith rag wynebdychryn . . .', 'per Tho[mas] ap Hughe de Ewyas', the epigram or proverb is rubricated oftener than not; ff. 46 verso-48, '[ ] englynion y datts', beginning 'dau .cc. a v. mil digwyn / ont dayfis . . .'; f. 48 recto-verso, five 'englynion' beginning 'Un sir ar bymtheg medd sain / lliwgalch . . .'; ff. 49-51, a series of nineteen 'englynion' recording the accession dates of the kings and queens of England between Henry II and Elizabeth I, beginning 'pymp deg pedwar teg myn tain / ywch ka[nt] . . .'; ff. 51 verso-52, eight stanzas beginning 'hawdd o beth y[w] nabod cwilsen . . .'; f. 52, two 'englynion' beginning 'mi a gaf y geisaf fal negeswr / dof . . .'; f. 52, a 'hir a thoddaid' beginning 'Rag Kythrel anfwin . . .'; f. 53, the six last lines of a carol ending 'am y fordd [sic] y gorfydd myned'; ff- 53-73, a long carol based on biblical and historical events, entitled 'Iacob 4 Glanhewch ych dwylaw bechadurieit a phurwch ych calonaw [sic] dauddyblug feddwl', beginning ' fal iroeddwn i n effrv . . .'; f. 73 verso, five stanzas beginning 'Dues wyn diwad . . .', with the following note accompanying the text 'ymofynnrvch am ddiwedd hyn yma yn well o rhyw goppi arall oscat vidd nid oedd ef yn cesio oddli ne ni fedrei Amendiwch y dywaetha fal hyn i odli os mwnwch'; f. 74 recto-verso, lines in the 'cywydd' metre beginning 'Rhown moliant gan tant bob didd . . .'; f. 74 verso, an 'englyn' based on Mat. [xxiv, 35.], beginning 'Nef a daear wfir o wall / a dderfydd . . .'; f. 75, an 'englyn' by Simwnt Vychan beginning 'Pumptheccant gwyddant y gost / a decwyth . . .'; f 75, two 'englynion' by Da[vid] Johns beginning 'Mil a hanner noder yn wiwdec cynnwys . . .'; f. 75 verso, three 'englynion' beginning 'pwy ywr mares garw a gyrydd myrain . . .'; ff. 76-80, a description of arms of Welsh nobles entitled 'Dysgrifiad arfey y bryttan[ied] o vryttys hyd heddiw'; ff. 80 verso- 82, 'Disgliriad [sic] pob gwlad yn neilltyedic o waith Einion ap gwawdrydd mewn englynion', beginning 'Gnawd yngwynedd fokyssedd eirey . . .', [ usually attributed to Aneurin Gwawdrydd]; f. 82 recto-verso, seven 'englynion' of a prophetic nature beginning 'pan welych yr ych mawr ychod / antyrys . . .'; f. 83, a short English prophecy beginning 'Take hyd of Seuen . . .'; f. 83, a list of characteristics attributed to twelve areas of Wales and the Marches in which they surpass others, beginning 'Pen Bonedd Gwynedd'; and ff. 83 verso-101 verso, a list of pedigrees of noble Welsh families entitled 'llyma Betigriw y bryttanied' beginning 'llywelyn ab Gryffydd ap ll ap lorwerth drwyndwn ap Owain gwynedd . . .', continuing f. 84 'llyma Iach bryttys', f. 85 'Rodri Mawr ap merfyn frych . . .', f. 85 verso 'Plant Owein Gwynedd', f. 93 'llyma Wahelyth Deheybarth', f. 94 'kedewen', f. 99 'Dyma arfav Rys ab Morys goch . . .', f. 100 verso 'llyma Iach bleddyn ab kynfyn;, f. 101 'llyma bedwar post prydain', f. 101 'llyma Iach yr arglwydd Rys', and f. 101 verso 'llyma Iach Gryffydd ab kynan' (incomplete).

William Dafydd Llywelyn and others.

Gilfach pedigree books

  • NLW MS 23967i-iiE.
  • File
  • [1830s]-1896

A two-volume collection of pedigrees, mainly of South Wales families, compiled during the 1830s (23967iE watermark 1828; 23967iiE watermark 1831), with some later additions, by David Jones Lewis, Gilfach, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire.
A duplicate set of these volumes, also written by David Jones Lewis, are the 8 volumes of Gilfach MSS in the College of Arms, London (see Francis Jones, A Catalogue of Welsh Manuscripts in the College of Arms (London, 1988), pp. 69-71), which are dated by colophon to 1830. This duplication is mentioned in a note, dated 8 July 1895, in 23967iE, p. 1, by Lewis's grandson, David Jones Lewis of Llwyncelyn, Llanwrda, who has also overwritten parts of the earlier text, as well as adding pedigrees relating to the Lewis family, [1895] (pp. 1438-50), and a copy of 'an account of the Lewis family in the handwriting of my late grandfather', 1896 (pp. 1494-6). There are minor additions relating to the Lewis family, to at least 1978, in several different hands (pp. 1438-41, 1448-50). A copy of an unpublished account, [1990s], of the Lewis family of Gilfach and Llwyncelyn, including references to the Pedigree Books, is now NLW ex 2511. An index to these two volumes is now NLW MS 23968i-iiE.

Lewis, David Jones, 1773-1848.

Pedigrees of South Wales families,

  • NLW MS 12689C.
  • File
  • 1807, 1834 /

A volume of pedigrees of South Wales families, with notes on their arms [in the hand of Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick, antiquary]. The volume is described on the title-page as 'The British Geneologist, or A Collection of the Pedigrees and Arms of the families inhabiting the Counties called Monmouthshire, Glamorganshire, Caermarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, and Cardiganshire. To which is added Fragmenta Geneologica. The whole compiled From the best authorities, and assistance of the best Heralds, by Edward Llwyd, Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, 1693. Copied from the original, and augmented from later manuscripts and information, by Sam[ue]l Rush Meyrick, A.B., of Queen's College, Oxford, 1807'. The contents include pp. [i-x], preface (blank); 1-24, 'Book I. Of the gentry of Monmouth'; 25-36, 'Book II. Of the Gentry of Glamorganshire'; 37-40 (blank); 41-171, 'Book 3d. Gentry of Caermarthen'; 172 (blank); 161a- 172a (duplication of pagination), 173-264 (some 8 pp. blank), 'Book IIII. Of the Gentry of Pembrokeshire'; 235b-264b (duplication of pagination), 265-313 (266 omitted), 'Book V. Of the gentry of Cardiganshire'; 314-5 (blank); 316-54 (330 twice), 'Fragmenta Geneologica'; [355-63], Index of 'Houses'. Inset is a letter from Joseph Morris, from Shrewsbury, to Sir S. R. Meyrick, 1834 (returning recipient's manuscript, offering help).

Meyrick, Samuel Rush, Sir, 1783-1848


A collection of pedigrees mainly of South Wales families transcribed by Thomas Evan (otherwise known as Thomas ab Ieuan) of Tre'r Bryn, 1683, with additions in another hand.

Thomas ab Ieuan and others.


A transcript by Edward Stanton Roberts of N.L.W. MS. 1917E. The volume contains pedigrees originally compiled, and completed on 26 November 1830, by D. Jones Lewis, Gilfach, Llanwrda, co. Carmarthen. The scribe has added one page of notes, dated 22 October 1910, on uncertain readings and other textual features.

E. Stanton Roberts.

South Wales Pedigrees,

A collection of South Wales pedigrees compiled between 1578 and 1588. It also contains a copy (mutilated) of a poem by Siôn Cent beginning 'Pannyd Ryfedd wirionedd ar inion olwc' and a list (also mutilated) of the names of the sheriffs of Breconshire. Their year of office is not given, but there are 92 names in all, the last three being Thomas Bulcott, Thomas Gwyn, and John Stedman: the list differs slightly from that printed in Theophilus Jones's History of Brecknockshire. Iolo Morganwg has annotated the volume and has frequently written 'Dal sylw!' or similar phrases in the margins. He has also picked out various names which occur in the pedigrees, among them 'Meredydd ap Rhys ap Rhiccert' (p. 41) and 'Rhys goch ap Rhiccert' (p. [1]15), although in the second instance the name in the pedigree is 'wenllian verch Rys goch ap Rys voel ap Rikert ap einion ap gollwyn'.


Transcripts by J. Hobson Matthews. They include extracts from Cornish parish registers relating to members of the Bramwell family and from South Wales parish registers and other sources relating to members of the Proger family, copies of wills, pedigrees and public records concerning Catholic and other families in South Wales and Herefordshire, notes on old Welsh customs, a recipe for mead, etc.

J. Hobson Matthews.