Fonds GB 0210 CASFOD - Castell Gorfod Manuscripts

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Castell Gorfod Manuscripts


  • 1567-1920 (accumulated [mid-19 cent.]-1920) (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.344 cubic metres (82 volumes, 2 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Joseph Joseph, FSA, of Brecon (died 29 November 1890), was a collector of manuscripts and documents. He acquired manuscripts of the antiquarians Theophilus Jones (1759-1812) and William Owen Pughe (1759-1835). His collection was expanded by his grandson, Capt. James Buckley (1869-1924) of Castell Gorfod, St Clears, Carmarthenshire, author of Genealogies of the Carmarthenshire Sheriffs (Carmarthen, 1910-1913, 2 vols).

Archival history

Some of the manuscripts previously belonged to Theophilus Jones of Brecon and William Owen Pughe.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Captain James Buckley of Castell Gorfod, St Clears, 1920.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Manuscripts and rare books relating mostly to the counties of Brecknockshire and Carmarthenshire, on subjects such as history, topography and especially genealogy, 1604-1859, including a transcript of the Golden Grove Book of pedigrees and other pedigrees, relating mainly to South Wales families; 19th century transcripts and copies of letters, including some from Sir Walter Raleigh, [1624]-[1807]; lists of Carmarthenshire sheriffs and Brecknockshire Lords Lieutenant, 1809-1849; parts of original manuscripts of Theophilus Jones and William Owen Pughe, [1792]-[1805]; notebooks and scrapbooks, 1839; and various annotated printed books; and deeds and other documents, 1588-1911, relating mostly to properties in Brecknockshire (particularly in the parish of Bronllys), with a few relating to Carmarthen and Swansea.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW as follows: manuscripts and books with manuscript notes; deeds and documents.

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 laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

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Publication note

The manuscripts on Carmarthenshire sheriffs were used by James Buckley for his Genealogies of the Carmarthenshire Sheriffs (Carmarthen, 1910-1913).

Notes area


Title based on the domicile of the depositor.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

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

March 2003; minor amendments May 2005.


  • English



The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Schedule of Castell Gorfod Manuscripts; Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 17th ed., 1952); Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families (Newport, Pembrokeshire, 1997); NLW, W. W. Price Biographical Index (unpublished).

Archivist's note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project.

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