Fonds GB 0210 CWRTMSS - Cwrtmawr Manuscripts,

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Cod cyfeirnod



Cwrtmawr Manuscripts,


  • 1543-1923 (accumulated [1871]-[1926]) (Creation)

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Maint a chyfrwng

3.181 cubic metres (1,549 volumes, 56 boxes)

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Hanes bywgraffyddol

John Humphreys Davies (1871-1926) of Cwrtmawr, Llangeitho, Cardiganshire, bibliographer, served as Principal of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth from 1919 to 1926. Davies's deep interest in Welsh literature and culture manifested in his acquisition of a vast collection of Welsh manuscripts and books from many sources over a long period. He died on 10 August 1926 and was buried at Llangeitho.

Hanes archifol

The largest group within his collection was acquired by J. H. Davies from John Jones (Myrddin Fardd, 1836-1921), of Chwilog, Caernarfonshire, who had assembled a large collection of historical and antiquary material copied from parish registers and libraries such as Peniarth. Davies also acquired substantial material derived from the collections of the following: Daniel Silvan Evans (1818-1903), cleric, editor and lexicographer, whose major work was his unfinished Geiriadur Cymraeg (5 vols, 1887-1896, 1906); the Richards family of Darowen, Montgomeryshire, a Welsh clerical family active in the Welsh church and in cultural movements and which included the Reverend Thomas Richards (1754-1837), his five sons (all ordained), and three daughters, the eldest of whom, Mary (1787-1877), compiled over 20 volumes of transcripts and memoranda; 'Gwilym Cowlyd' (William John Roberts, 1827-1904), poet and printer and nephew of Ieuan Glan Geirionydd (1795-1855), cleric and poet; Peter Bailey Williams (1763-1836), cleric and writer and son of Peter Williams (1723-1796), Methodist and Biblical commentator. J. H. Davies also collected several important smaller groups of material.


John Humphreys Davies; Cwrtmawr, Llangeitho; Donation; 1925 & 1926

John Humphreys Davies (per T. I. Ellis); Rhyl; Bequest; 1933

Ardal cynnwys a strwythur

Natur a chynnwys

Manuscript collections containing original and transcribed poetry and prose, 1543-[20th century]; religious works, 1611-1914; biographies, chronicles, archaeological and historical notes, works on travel, folklore, recipes, grammars, vocabularies and philological notes, 1673-1900; rent-rolls, parish registers, tithe account books, bidding books, minute books and registers of various societies, 1608-1863; pedigrees and genealogical notes, [17th century]-1871, commonplace books, [18th century]-1904, volumes of press-cuttings; manuscripts in the hand of J. H. Davies, including transcripts of and indexes to Welsh poetry, bibliographical notes, literary and legal extracts, pedigrees, biographical data and notes on place-names, 1891-1923; autograph letters from prominent Welsh literary figures, 1674-1921; autograph manuscripts of John Jones, Gellilyfdy, Dafydd Ellis of Criccieth, Eben Fardd (including diaries, 1836-1859), Peter Williams, D. Silvan Evans, Thomas Richards and Myrddin Fardd.

Gwerthuso, dinistrio ac amserlennu

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System o drefniant

Arranged at NLW as Cwrtmawr MSS 1-1492.

Ardal amodau mynediad a defnydd

Amodau rheoli mynediad

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their readers' tickets.

Amodau rheoli atgynhyrchu

Usual copyright laws apply.

Iaith y deunydd

Sgript o ddeunydd

Nodiadau iaith a sgript

Welsh, English.

Cyflwr ac anghenion technegol

Cymhorthion chwilio

Hard copies of the catalogues are available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogues are available online.

Cymorth chwilio

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Bodolaeth a lleoliad y gwreiddiol

Bodolaeth a lleoliad copïau

Unedau o ddisgrifiad cysylltiedig

J. H. Davies's personal papers and correspondence are also held at NLW; these are currently uncatalogued. A number of manuscripts, once part of J. H. Davies' collection, are now in NLW, J. Lloyd Williams Collection and Papers. Deeds collected by Davies are NLW, Cwrtmawr Deeds.

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Title derived from domicile of collector and donor, J. H. Davies.

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Dynodwr sefydliad

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rheolau a/neu confensiynau a ddefnyddiwyd

Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


Lefel manylder disgrifiad

Dyddiadau creadigaeth adolygiad dilead

September 2003.


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Nodyn yr archifydd

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Catalogue of the Cwrtmawr Manuscripts; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959);

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