File NLW MS 10B - Welsh historical tracts

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Welsh historical tracts


  • [early 17 cent.], [18 cent., second ΒΌ] (Creation)

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iv, 348 pp. (pp. 2-70 = old pagination, 1-79; pp. 71-106 = old pagination, 190-139; pp. 117-74 = old pagination, 3-48; pp. 175-217 = old pagination, 1-41; pp. 221-339 = old pagination, 1-111) ; 190 x 150 mm.

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George Owen (1552-1613), antiquary, was born at Henllys, near Newport, Pembrokeshire. His most important work, The Description of Penbrokshire, was begun in December 1602.

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Formerly in the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps

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A volume, probably written 1730-1740, containing Welsh historical tracts, including a Dissertation concerning the Literature of the Antient Britons (pp. 2-70), written after 1730 (date on p. 63), a treatise (imperfect) on the superstition of the Welsh (pp. 71-106), an account of the Lordships Marchers (pp. 117-74) and a dissertation on the Welsh Laws (pp. 175-217). All the tracts seem to have been written by a clergyman holding a benefice in the diocese of St Asaph (pp. 82, 90) and some of them were addressed to a son or grandson of Baron Price (1655-1733) (pp. 82, 90). Also included is A Treatise of Lordshipps Marchers in Wales ... (early 17 cent.) (pp. 221-339) written by George Owen of Henllys and is the original treatise in George Owen's autograph which was reprinted, with very full annotations, in Owen's 'Pembrokeshire', Part III (Cymmrodorion Record Series, No. 1, pp. 127-205; George Owen's autograph, p. 133).

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  • English

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Creator ref. no.: Williams MS 210; Phillipps MS 9741


Preferred citation: NLW MS 10B

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  • Text: NLW MS 10B.