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A Breton mystery play,

An incomplete copy of a miracle play in the Treguier dialect based on the story of the sons of Jacob and the life of Moses and composed in crude alexandrine rhyming couplets by 'Lorans Lethomas filgittim de hari Lethomas e. deillisabet Le Coffer, 1783', with a French epilogue in another hand.

Lorans Lethomas.

A brewer's account book,

  • NLW MS 1243D.
  • File
  • 1760-[1824] / [John Roberts] and others.
  • Part of John Roberts MSS,

An account book, 1760-1763, of a brewer [? at Caernarfon] dealing mainly with Anglesey and Caernarvonshire customers; the volume was later used as an arithmetic and geometry exercise book, probably by Roberts.

A journal of a tour,

'Notes of a tour among the scenery of North Wales in the summer of the year 1849. By Edwin Lees, F.L.S., in company with two ladies', illustrated with prints and original sketches.

Edwin Lees.

A miscellany,

'A list of Welsh Poets with the periods during which they flourished' and a 'Catalogue of MSS. Welsh Poems in my possession', probably in the autograph of Evan Lloyd, Maesyporth, and copies of petitions sent to the bishop of Bangor by various incumbents in the diocese, 1813-1814.

[Evan Lloyd].

A solicitor's account book,

An account book, 1802-1804, of John Roberts, with various legal papers, including statements relating to the brig 'Jane' of Barmouth, the brig 'Endeavour' of Bideford, the sloop 'Ellen' of Amlwch and the brig 'Elizabeth' of Caernarvon, 1799-1807, and loose papers and correspondence.

John Roberts.

A solicitor's book,

A solicior's book containing examples of different kinds of legal instruments, and copies of letters sent to various clients by John Roberts when he was a solicitor at Bangor, together with a number of legal precedents.

John Roberts.

A tithe account book,

Rent-charge in lieu of tithe paid to the rector of Castle-Caereinion, Montgomeryshire, 1866-1871, with a list of subscriptions towards improving a lane leading from the Welshpool road to Castle-Caereinion.

An account book,

The day book, 1768-1771, of a general dealer and merchant [?Thomas Hughes], possibly at Caernarfon.

[?Thomas Hughes].

Bangor Cathedral accounts,

The accounts of Richard Griffith, 1771-1775, of J. Kyffin, 1799-1801, and of John Roberts with the Dean and Chapter of Bangor Cathedral.


Transcripts, mainly by Rhys Jones o'r Blaenau, editor of Gorchestion Beirdd Cymru (Amwythig, 1773), of 'cywyddau' and other poetry by William Llŷn, Rhys Goch Glyndyfrdwy, Tudur Aled, Edward Morus [Perthi-llwydion], Gruffudd Hiraethog, Gruffudd ab Ieuan ap Llywelyn Fychan, Gruffudd Gr[y]g, Dafydd ab Edmwnd, Lewis Daron, Lewis Menai, Sion Tudur, Goronwy Owen, Sion Dafydd Lâs, Thomas Prys, Huw Mor[y]s, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Dafydd Nanmor, Mor[u]s Dwyfech [Morus ap Dafydd ab Ifan ab Einion], Rhys Cain, Bedo Brwynllys, Bedo Aeddren, Ieuan Deulwyn, Gruffudd Llwyd ap Dafydd ab Einion, Edwart Urien, Sion Cain, Ieuan Dew Brydydd, Lewis Glyn Cothi, Lewis Trefnant, Maredudd ap Rhys, Tudur Penllyn, Ieuan ap Hywel Swrdwal, Llawdden, Owain Gwynedd, Sion Ceri, Syr Ifan [o Garno], Robin Ddu, Hywel [ap] Rheinallt, Gutun Owain, Guto'r Glyn, Huw Arwystli, Dafydd Ddu Hiraddug [Dafydd Ddu Athro], Ieuan ap Tudur Penllyn, Iolo Goch, Sion Cent, Ieuan Brydydd Hir [Hynaf], Huw Llwyd Cynfal, Gruffudd Llwyd ab Ieuan, Richard Cynwal, Huw Machno, Robert Dyfi, Iorwerth Fynglwyd, Syr Rhys o Garno, Hywel ap Dafydd ab Ieuan ap Rhys, Richard Phylip, Evan Evans ('Ieuan Brydydd Hir'), Ieuan Du'r Bilwg, Aneirin Gwawdrydd, Taliesin, Morys ab Ieuan ab Einion, Deio ab Ieuan Du, Rhys Pennardd, Meil[y]r Brydydd, Cynddelw [Brydydd Mawr], Thomas Jones (Tregaron) ['Twm Sion Cati'], Wiliam Cynwal, Llywarch Hen, Bedo Hafesp, Huw Pennant, Edward Richard (Ystradmeurig) and David Richards ('Dafydd Ionawr').

Jones, Rhys, 1713-1801


'Cywyddau' by Gruffudd ab Ieuan ap Llywelyn Fychan, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Madog Benfras and Iolo Goch, written on the back of fragments of North Wales judicial documents which have been uniformly cut and stitched together to form the volume.

Charms against witchcraft,

Two examples of charms against witchcraft, described by D[avid] R[ichard] Thomas in 'Demonology and Witchcraft' (Montgomeryshire Collections, XXXVII, pp. 143-50).

Extracts from Harleian manuscripts,

Transcripts of 'A Genealogicall History of the Antient and Present Nobility and Gentry of all Wales ... by H. T.' [i.e. Hugh Thomas, antiquary] from British Museum Harleian MS 6831 and of other material relating to Wales in Harleian MSS 1185, 1194 and 1954, together with an index.

Extracts from Lansdowne manuscripts,

Transcripts, from British Museum Lansdowne manuscripts, of letters, memoirs and miscellaneous documents relating to Wales and Welshmen during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with a table of contents.

John Roberts MSS,

  • NLW MSS 1243-1264.
  • Fonds
  • [1600x1905] /

Manuscripts and papers, [1600x1905], of or from the collection of John Roberts, Bangor which include legal papers of John Roberts; Bangor Cathedral accounts, 1771-1809; an incomplete eighteenth century copy of a Breton mystery play; a tour journal of 1849; a Montgomeryshire tithe account book for the years 1866-1871; eighteenth century sermons; andmiscellaneous transcripts and extracts.

Roberts, John, d. 1824

Llinach Jaffet, Ystoria Dared, and Brut y Brenhinedd,

Texts of a chronicle showing the descent of Priam, king of Troy, from Japheth, son of Noah (see Thomas Jones: Y Bibyl Ynghymraec, Cardiff, 1940, pp. 62-3), 'Ystoria Dared', and a portion of 'Brut y Brenhinedd' to Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain, based apparently on more than one earlier version and carelessly written.


'Pedigrees of the Gentlemen, and Freeholders, in the Parishes of Mold and Hope', with a pedigree of the family of Griffith of Brongain, Llanfechain, Montgomeryshire added in a later hand.


Sermons preached in 1727 and 1731, probably in Anglesey.

The Mabon testimonial fund,

A minute book of the William Abraham ('Mabon') Testimonial Fund, with relevant printed matter, 1903-1905, press cuttings, a printed list of subscribers, etc.

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