Fonds GB 0210 DUNRAVEN - Dunraven Estate Records,

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Dunraven Estate Records,


  • [early 13 cent.]- 1951 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

2.233 cubic metres (76 boxes, 225 volumes, 2 rolls, 5 bundles, 7 pictures)

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Biographical history

The Dunraven estate comprised the Glamorgan estates of the Edwin family of Llanmihangel Betws Iarll, Glamorgan, and the Glamorgan and Gloucestershire estate of the Wyndham families of Dunraven, Glamorgan, and of Clearwell, Gloucestershire. The Dunraven and Clearwell estates were united when Jane, daughter and eventual heiress of John Wyndham of Dunraven, married her cousin Thomas Wyndham of Clearwell. When Jane died, Thomas married secondly Anne, daughter of Samuel Edwin of Llanmihangel. Thomas Wyndham died in 1751 and Anne his second wife in 1758. Their son and heir Charles Wyndham, MP for Glamorgam, 1780-1789, inherited both estates.

The Llanmihangel estate had been purchased in 1685 from Sir Robert Thomas by Humphrey Edwin, alderman of London, and had passed successively to his son Samuel Edwin and to Samuel's son, Charles Edwin. The latter's nephew Charles Wyndham inherited the Llanmihangel estate and assumed the surname Edwin in accordance with his uncle's will. Following his death in 1801 the three estate of Dunraven, Clearwell and Llanmihangel passed to his son, Thomas Wyndham, on whose death in 1814 the estates passed to his daughter, Caroline who, in 1810, had married the Hon. Windham-Quin, later 2nd Earl of Dunraven, of Adare, County Limerick.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by the Directors of the Dunraven Estates Co. Ltd. in 1940, 1952 and 1953. See the individual files for the source of material in the sub-fonds 'Additional material'.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Records of the Dunraven estate, principally in Glamorgan, belonging to the Wyndham and Wyndham-Quin families of Dunraven Castle, Glamorgan, earls of Dunraven, and of Clearwell, Gloucestershire, and papers of the associated families of Edwin and Thomas of Llanfihangel-juxta-Cowbridge, including deeds, [early 13 cent.]-1939, mainly for lands in Glamorgan; rentals, surveys and accounts, 1348-1483, 1688-1951, mainly relating to properties in Glamorgan; manorial records, 1548-1936, relating chiefly to numerous manors in Glamorgan, legal papers, 1685-1895; and correspondence, 1791-1918.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged by bundles apart from the estate rentals which are arranged chronologically.

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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

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Latin

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Further details relating to manorial records within the archive can be accessed online from The National Archives Manorial Documents Register at

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further papers relating to the Dunraven estate are Glamorgan Record Office, DRA; and Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, M1-21. Papers relating to the family's Adare estate in County Limerick are in Limerick University Library.

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Publication note

Owens, B. G., 'The Dunraven Deeds and Documents', National Library of Wales Journal, II (1941-2), pp. 81-2

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Rules and/or conventions used

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

June 2002.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Mair James.

Archivist's note

The following source was used in the completion of this description: NLW, Schedule of Dunraven Estate Rentals;

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