Fonds NLW MSS 12865-12873. - Gwern-y-Pant Manuscripts,

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Reference code

NLW MSS 12865-12873.


Gwern-y-Pant Manuscripts,


  • [1750x1900]. (Creation)

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Extent and medium

9 vols.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Thomas Griffiths Jones ('Cyffin'), antiquary, was born in Llansanffraid-ym-Mechain, Montgomeryshire, the son of a shopkeeper. Having had little formal education, Griffiths Jones was largely self-taught. He had a great love of the history, traditions and folklore of Wales, especially that of his own district and county. In 1861 he founded, and became the first president of, the Powys Cymreigyddion Society (Cymdeithas Cymreigyddion Powys) and, when the Powysland Club was formed in 1867, became an active member. Griffiths Jones was a regular contributor to the Welsh periodicals of his day, as well as to the Montgomeryshire Collection. His son, also called Thomas Griffiths Jones, acquired many of his father's manuscripts. The younger Griffiths Jones died in 1937.

Archival history

The literary items acquired by Thomas Griffiths Jones, senior may have formed part of the chestful of manuscripts, once the property of Morgan Dafydd, sexton of the parish of Llanfachreth, co. Merioneth, and which had been purchased by the said Thomas Griffiths Jones ('Lawer o flynyddau yn ôl prynais lond hen gist (tea-chest) o lawysgrifau a berthynent unwaith i Morgan Dafydd, clochydd Llanfachraeth yn Meirion', see note Y Geninen, cyf. II, t. 237).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mrs K. Griffiths Jones; Llansanffraid-ym-Mechain; Purchase; 1939

Content and structure area

Scope and content

A collection consisting of manuscript items from the library of the vendor's husband, Thomas Griffiths Jones, and including letters addressed to his father, also named Thomas Griffiths Jones ('Cyffin'), and literary manuscripts which, in all probability, had been acquired Thomas Griffiths Jones, senior.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW reference numbers: NLW MSS 12865-12873.

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Language of material

  • Welsh
  • English
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, English, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

See also NLW T. Griffiths Jones family papers.

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Title based on contents.


Formerly known as Gwern-y-Pant 1-9.


Preferred citation: NLW MSS 12865-12873.

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Description identifier

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

April 2010.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru, 1986; Y Bywgraffiadur Ar-lein, viewed via WWW, 16 April 2010;

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  • Text: NLW MSS 12865-12873.