Fonds GB 0210 HOWDEN - Howard de Walden Genealogical Papers,

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Howard de Walden Genealogical Papers,


  • 1870-1921 / (Creation)

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0.318 cubic metres (8 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis (1880-1946), landowner, writer and patron of the arts, was the eighth Baron Howard de Walden and fourth Baron Seaford. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and served in the Boer War and the First World War. In 1899 he succeeded his father and later in 1901 inherited control of estates in London and elsewhere. He also acquired property in Kenya and Wales. He was interested in antiquarianism, including genealogy, heraldry and armour, and was an editor and benefactor of The Complete Peerage. His family was of Welsh descent and he had an interest in Welsh history and also learnt the language. He lived for years at Chirk Castle, Denbighshire. He had a particular interest in the theatre and was a patron to many amateur theatre companies and dramatists in Wales. His last full-length play was produced in 1924. Arthur Owen Vaughan ('Owen Rhoscomyl', 1863-1919), born Robert Scourfield Mills, author and adventurer, was born in Southport, Merseyside, and brought up in Tremeirchion, Flintshire. When a boy he ran away to sea and worked in many differet countries. He rose to the rank of colonel in 1914. Owen Rhoscomyl was the author of many novels and historical works, and collaborated with Lord Howard de Walden in a drama entitled The Children of Don (1912).

Archival history

Held at Chirk Castle until deposited at NLW.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by the National Trust, Trinity Square, Llandudno, in February 1984

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Scope and content

Genealogical material compiled for Lord Howard de Walden during the early years of his tenancy of Chirk Castle, comprising transcripts of manuscripts containing Welsh genealogies compiled under the supervision of Arthur Owen Vaughan ('Owen Rhoscomyl'); letters, 1906-1921, mainly addressed to Arthur Owen Vaughan, relating to antiquarian and genealogical matters, academic research, etc.; genealogical notes, pedigrees, transcripts of wills, etc.; and an account book, 1870-1872, of the Chirk Castle Estate.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: transcripts; correspondence; miscellaneous papers; account book.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply

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English, Welsh.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1984, pp. 56-58, at the National Library of Wales.

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Thirty-five deeds and documents, c. 1356-1552, relating mainly to properties in the lordship of Chirk and Chirkland, donated by Lord Howard de Walden in 1945/6, are held at NLW. Also, NLW MSS 4980-4973 and 4988 were donated by him in 1924. Further papers of Owen Rhoscomyl are in NLW, Arthur Owen Vaughan (Owen Rhoscomyl) Papers, and some four hundred letters, 1903-1919, from him are included among the J. Glyn Davies Papers at NLW. The Chirk Castle estate archive is also held at NLW.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2003


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Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW Minor Lists and Summaries (1984); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford University Press).

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  • Text: Howard de Walden Genealogical Papers.