File NLW MS 12854D. - History of the Gwydir family,

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NLW MS 12854D.


History of the Gwydir family,


  • [18 cent., last ΒΌ]. (Creation)

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An imperfect, quarto volume inscribed on the outer cover 'Pedigree and historical account of ye Family of the Wynnes of Gwydir'. The contents consist of a late eighteenth century text of the well-known 'History of the Gwydir Family' by Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, and, as addenda, brief pedigrees of the Wynn family of Gwydir and its collateral branches, memoranda relating to some of the persons named in the pedigrees, and an incomplete copy of the summons from Henry Tudor to John ap Meredith [of Ystymcegid] to join him on his march from Milford [Haven] to oppose Richard III (already transcribed in full in the text of the 'History'). A few of the folios containing the addenda appear to be in a hand different from that of the 'History' itself, and there is some duplication of pedigrees. Inset is a loose sheet of paper containing ?a transcript of an inscription [in Gwydir Chapel in the parish church of Llanrwst] recording the erection of the said chapel by Sir Richard Wynne [son of the author of the 'History'] in 1633, and tracing the descent of Sir Richard and his brothers and sisters from Owen Gwynedd (see also Wynnstay MS 121).

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  • English
  • Latin
  • Welsh

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English, Latin, Welsh.

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

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For other manuscript texts of the 'History' in the National Library of Wales see Brogyntyn MS 13; NLW MSS 27, 2025, 2035, 3061, 3075, and 8427; Peniarth MS 120 and Wynnstay MS 120.

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Publication note

For a published text see John Ballinger (ed.): The History of the Gwydir Family . . . (Cardiff, 1927).

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 12854D.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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  • 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 IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

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