Fonds GB 0210 MSEDGRIFF - Edward Griffith manuscripts

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Edward Griffith manuscripts


  • [17 cent., first ¼]-[1913x1918] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

79 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Edward Griffith was born in Barmouth. He established a flourishing draper's business in Dolgellau and became involved to a great degree in the public life of the town. He became a noted local historian, writing a series of articles on the Quakers in Y Geninen and, in 1880, he was made a justice of the peace. He strove to promote education in the area and was a member of the governing body of Dr Williams's school.

Archival history

Some of the manuscripts were once in the possession of Evan Jones (Ieuan Gwynedd), David Richards (Dafydd Ionawr) and Robert Oliver Rees. NLW MS 2691D was once in the possession of the Owen family of Pant Philip, near Dolgellau.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mrs Owen and Mrs Owen, daughters of Edward Griffith; Caernarfon and Swansea; Donation; 1917-1918

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Scope and content

Papers, [17 cent., first ¼]-[1913x1918], many in Edward Griffith's hand or collected by him, including manuscripts of Evan Jones (Ieuan Gwynedd), David Richards (Dafydd Ionawr) and Robert Oliver Rees; material relating to Dolgellau and surrounding districts and to Mary Jones and her journey to Bala; papers of Lewis Williams, Llanfachreth; genealogical material and correspondence relating to Merionethshire Quaker families; and miscellaneous correspondence, poetry, transcripts and notes.

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System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 2691-2769.

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Language of material

  • Breton
  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Welsh

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Welsh, English, Latin, Hebrew, Breton.

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Related units of description

See also NLW MSS 714-715D, which contain collections of press cuttings by Edward Griffith, and 7376B and 15175C, which contain mainly historical notes by Edward Griffith. See also NLW Edward Griffith papers, which also appear on the Archives Network Wales on-line site.

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Title based on contents of fonds.


Formerly known as Edward Griffith 1-79.

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Rules and/or conventions used

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

November 2005 and June 2009.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953).

Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifans.

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  • Text: Edward Griffith Manuscripts.