File NLW MS 23278B - Historical notes,

Identity area

Reference code

NLW MS 23278B


Historical notes,


  • [1584x1592], [1750x1799] / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

250 ff. (paginated [xvi], 1-22, 1-401 [402-14]) ;185 x 135 mm.Both covers missing; 'Powel Hist. of Wales' in blind on spine.Both covers missing.Both covers missing

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Archival history

'Geo. Owen' on p. 1, and 'Geo: Owen his boo[k]', deleted, on p. 15 of the first sequence; many ownership inscriptions of XVII and XVIII cent., e.g. 'George Bowen of Kittle Hill his Booke 1680' on p. ii, 'Robert Mr Jenkins Fellow e Coll' on p. i, and 'Mr Jenkin Fellow e Coll Jesu' on p. 406.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mr Brian Carter; Cusop, Hay-on-Wye; Donation; 1994

Content and structure area

Scope and content

An imperfect copy of David Powel, The historie of Cambria, now called Wales ... (London, 1584), containing many notes and comments on the text, including collation with other chronicles (Roger de Hoveden, Stow, Matthew Paris, Giraldus Cambrensis and Brut y Tywysogion, e.g. p. 333). Most of the notes are probably in the hand of George Owen Harry (c. 1553-c. 1614), rector of Whitechurch and Llanfihangel Penbedw, co. Pembroke (see signature on pp. 1 and 15 (first sequence) and notes on pp. xvi, 115, 193); included are a brief pedigree of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth (p. 63) and coats of arms, mostly in trick (pp. 28, 103, 115, 131-7, 193, 246, 392). An englyn on the death in 1569 of William Herbert, 1st earl of Pembroke, is written, probably by the same scribe, on p. viii. According to a note on p. 402, the scribe read the volume in 1584 and 1592. Several leaves are missing and the deficiency in the printed text is supplied on inserted leaves in a mid or late XVIII cent. hand.

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Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The contents of NLW MSS 22853-23691 are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003).

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Existence and location of copies


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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 23278B

Alternative identifier(s)

Virtua system control number


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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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2009.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IX (Aberystwyth, 2003);

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