Fonds GB 0210 MSEYRE - George Eyre Evans manuscripts

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George Eyre Evans manuscripts


  • 1669-1939 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

485 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

George Eyre Evans (1857-1939), Unitarian minister, historian and antiquary, was born in Colyton, Devon, on 8 September 1857, the son of the Rev. David Lewis Evans and his wife Ophelia (née Powell). He moved to Carmarthen in 1864 when his father became a tutor at Carmarthen College. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Carmarthen, Gwilym Marles's academy in Llandysul and Liverpool University. He became a Unitarian minister like his father, served as minister of the Church of the Saviour at Whitchurch, Shropshire, 1889-1897, and later devoted many years to unpaid service at the Unitarian chapel in Aberystwyth. For eighteen years he was a researcher for the Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments in Wales and Monmouthshire. He was a member of the Cambrian Archaeological Society from 1903 and was the secretary of the Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society from its formation in 1906 until his death. He was elected to the Court of Governors of UCW Aberystwyth in 1919, and to the Councils of the National Museum of Wales in 1921 and the National Library of Wales in 1924. He lived in Aberystwyth from 1898-1928, then returned to Carmarthen, where he died on 9 November 1939. He published many books on historical, antiquarian and religious subjects, including a History of Renshaw Street Chapel, Liverpool (London, 1887), Whitchurch of Long Ago (Oswestry, 1893), Vestiges of Protestant Dissent (Liverpool, 1897), Colytonia (Liverpool, 1898), Cardiganshire, a Personal Survey (Aberystwyth, 1903), Lampeter (Aberystwyth, 1905) and Lloyd Letters (Aberystwyth, 1908). He also published a private magazine entitled Antiquarian Notes from 1898 until at least 1905. On his death he left a number of unpublished works still in manuscript.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

NLW MSS 4280-4300, 7945-7984: George Eyre Evans; Aberystwyth and Carmarthen; Various donations; 1910-1934 (see file level descriptions for further details).
NLW MSS 13271-13685: George Eyre Evans; Carmarthen; Bequest; 1940.
NLW MSS 14631-14639C: George Eyre Evans; Aberystwyth; Donation; October 1917.

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Scope and content

Papers of George Eyre Evans, 1669-1939, including personal papers; family papers; notes, transcripts, correspondence and other papers relating to his religious and antiquarian interests and to his publications; copies of printed books and journals with insertions and annotations; and various original manuscripts collected by him.

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System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW as follows: Eyre Evans Manuscripts; George Eyre Evans Bequest; Ex Libris Society Journal.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • Ancient Greek
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Welsh

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Language and script notes

English, Welsh, Latin, Greek, French, Dutch, German.

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Existence and location of copies

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See also NLW, George Eyre Evans Collection.

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Institution identifier

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

August 2005-June 2012.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume 2 (Aberystwyth, 1951); Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume 4 (Aberystwyth, 1971); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953); 'George Eyre Evans 1857-1939', Carmarthen Antiquary, 1.1 (1941), 5-10.

Archivist's note

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

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