Fonds GB 0210 MSEDJON - Edward Jones printed works,

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Edward Jones printed works,


  • 1784-1883 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

3 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Edward Jones (Bardd y Brenin) was a collector, arranger and publisher of Welsh harp music, a literary and musical historian, and an antiquary and collector of manuscripts. Around 1790, he was appointed harpist to the Prince of Wales (later George IV). Jones published some twenty volumes of songs arranged for harp, harpsichord and piano and which included his own compositions; he was also the first to publish a collection of 'penillion'. His main works are considered to be the three volumes entitled Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards (1784), The Bardic Museum (1802) and Hen Ganiadau Cymru (1820). He was considered a talented performer in his own right. John Freeman Milward Dovaston (1782-1854) of West Felton, Shropshire, was a writer and antiquary.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction, lot 555; 23 November 1984

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Scope and content

Printed works, 1784-1802, of Edward Jones (Bardd y Brenin), with annotations and additions in the hand of John Freeman Milward Dovaston, West Felton, Shropshire, writer and antiquary; and a letter, 1817, from Jones to Dovaston.

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System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 22067-22069E.

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Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

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Finding aids

The descriptions are also available, together with a detailed list of contents, in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999).

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Publication note

Dafydd Ifans, 'Edward Jones, 'Bardd y Brenin' a John F. M. Dovaston', in NLWJ, 24.4 (Winter 1986), 441-447.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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

February 2005 and July 2009.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifans. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953);

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