- [16 cent.]-1939 / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
2.441 cubic metres (130 boxes, 13 envelopes, 5 rolls, 3 pictures, 94 vols)
Name of creator
Anne, the widow of James Lewis of Llanbadarn Fawr, Radnorshire, and daughter and heir of John Thomas of Cryngae and Dolaucothi, Carmarthenshire, married James Johnes (fl. 1586), the youngest son of Sir Thomas Johnes (fl. 1541-1544) of Abermarlais, Carmarthenshire, and Haroldston, Pembrokeshire.
The Dolaucothi estate remained in the male line of the same family until the death of John Johnes (1800-1876). He was succeeded by his daughters and co-heirs, Charlotte Anna Maria (1825-1911, dsp.) the wife of Charles Caesar Cookman, and Elizabeth (dsp. 1927) the wife of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir James Hills who adopted the surname Hills-Johnes (1833-1919). He was the son of James Hills of Neechindipore, Bengal. Elizabeth bequeathed Dolaucothi to her kinsman, the Rev. Herbert Thomas Lloyd-Johnes (1871-1958). He was succeeded by his son Major Herbert Johnes Lloyd-Johnes (b. 1900).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
The main part of the archive was deposited by Herbert Johnes Lloyd of Dolaucothi in 1927 and converted to a donation in 1980. Numerous other donations have been made by Major H. J. Lloyd-Johnes over the period 1951-1984, and by Thomas Lloyd, October 2003.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Estate records of the Dolaucothi estate, Carmarthenshire, and family papers, [16-20 cent.], of the Johnes and Hills-Johnes families of including extensive correspondence comprising over 15,000 letters, 1688-[20 cent.], and military papers of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir James Hill-Johnes (d. 1919).
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
All records deposited at NLW have been retained.
Accruals are possible.
System of arrangement
The correspondence is arranged by recipient, then by writer and then chronologically.
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
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Hard copies of a summary list and an indexed catalogue of the Dolaucothi Correspondence (12 vols) are available at NLW and HMC. The main bulk of the archive, including virtually all the estate deeds, estate management records, personal and family papers - apart from the correspondence - remains uncatalogued.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds.
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GEAC system control number
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Dolaucothi Estate (Wales) (Subject)
- Hills-Johnes, James, 1833-1919 (Subject)
- Johnes family, of Dolaucothi -- Archives. (Subject)
- Hills-Johnes family, of Dolaucothi -- Archives. (Subject)
- Lloyd-Johnes family, of Dolaucothi -- Archives. (Subject)
- Hills-Johnes family, of Dolaucothi (Subject)
- Johnes family, of Dolaucothi (Subject)
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Description control area
Rules and/or conventions used
This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 18th ed, 3 vols, 1965-72) vol 1;