Fonds GB 0210 MSHUGHELL - Hugh Ellis Manuscripts

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Hugh Ellis Manuscripts


  • 1851-[1925x1931] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

18 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Hugh Ellis (1857-1931), Calvinistic Methodist minister and author, was the grandson of historian and writer Robert John Pryse (Gweirydd ap Rhys, 1807-1889) and the brother of the Rev. R. Pryse Ellis, Glascoed. He attended Bala Theological College and the University College of North Wales, Bangor, before beginning his ministering work at Pennal in April 1888, from where he transferred, in 1890, to Maentwrog. He was the author of Hanes Methodistiaeth Gorllewin Meirionydd, Volume III (Dolgellau, 1928) and of five memorial articles on John Robert Pryse (Golyddan, 1840-1862) in the periodical Cymru.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mrs M. Ellis, widow of Hugh Ellis; Blaenau Ffestiniog ; Purchase ; 1935

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers, 1851-[1925x1931], from the library of Hugh Ellis, containing material by or relating to Ellis and members of his family. They include notebooks of his grandfather Robert John Pryse (Gweirydd ap Rhys); autograph essays and scrapbooks compiled by Gweirydd's son John Robert Pryse (Golyddan) and a scrapbook compiled by Gweirydd's daughter Catherine Prichard (Buddug); a short biography of Golyddan by Gweirydd ap Rhys for publication in Enwogion Cymru; draft articles on Golyddan by Hugh Ellis; letters relating to Golyddan's work; transcripts by Hugh Ellis of Golyddan's poetry; and six volumes containing material collected by Hugh Ellis in the course of compiling Hanes Methodistiaeth Gorllewin Meirionydd (Dolgellau, 1928), which includes the original manuscript of the work.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 10296-10313.

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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

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, English.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961), pp. 211-212.

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Related units of description

See also Bangor University, Reverend Hugh Ellis Papers.

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Title based on contents.


Formerly Hugh Ellis MSS 1-18.

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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

September 2008 & June 2011.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1931); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953); NLW Full Catalogue on-line; Archives Network Wales on-line.

Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifan.

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Physical storage

  • Text: NLW MSS 10296-10313.