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Commonplace book

A volume compiled, [1710s]-[1790s], by various hands, containing poems, songs and commonplace entries, together with miscellaneous printed material including song-sheets and newspaper cuttings. Many of the items, which have been pasted on or inserted between the leaves, are connected with Brogyntyn and Wynnstay. The volume was originally used for exercises in navigation.

Letters to Fanny Williams Wynn,

Autograph letters, 1784-1885, including letters to Frances (Fanny) Williams Wynn from her mother, her brothers Charles and Henry, her sisters Henrietta and Charlotte, Hester Cotton and Mary Cunliffe, to Jonathan Shipley (bishop of St Asaph) from William Henry Cavendish Bentinck (third duke of Portland), and to William Davies Shipley (dean of St Asaph) from Philip Yorke and William Cleaver (bishop of St Asaph); papers relating to the private theatre at Wynnstay; a note in the autograph of Sarah Ponsonby, one of the 'ladies of Llangollen'; etc.

Miscellaneous papers,

  • NLW MS 21820F.
  • File
  • 1715-1985

Papers, 1715-1985, of miscellaneous provenance, including a brief memoir [watermark 1794] of Richard Wilson by Joseph Farington, apparently unpublished (ff. 5-7); a transcript of the regulations, 1795, regarding the charges for crossing the ferry at Llandeilo (ff. 174-5); scenario and cast, [c. 1807], of 'Miller of Mansfield', a play, apparently unpublished, for performance in the theatre at Wynnstay by members of the Wynn family and their friends (ff. 179-84); autograph fragments of 'De Chatillon' and of the original manuscript of The Vespers of Palermo by Felicia Hemans (ff. 9, 178); a copy of the fourth Report, 1832, of the Anglesey branch of the Royal National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck (see also NLW MS 1600E and Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club Transactions 1957, 20-5) (ff. 53-4); draft lecture notes, [c. 1846]-1847, of the Rev. Calvert Richard Jones, photographic pioneer, describing his visit to Malta during the winter of 1845-1846 and containing his observations on evidence in favour of St Paul's shipwreck having occurred in Malta (ff. 98-101); and a copy of a special typescript issue of the North Wales Chronicle, 6 May 1926, outlining the state of the country during the general strike of 1926 (ff. 102-3).

Farington, Joseph, 1747-1821


A lady's album containing miscellaneous poems and transcripts of poems, some of them by or relating to members of the Downing, Wynnstay, Bodrhyddan, and other North Wales families.

Transcripts by Mary Richards, etc.

A volume originally intended as an arithmetic exercise book but subsequently used by Mary Richard to record transcripts of poetry, largely 'englynion' and 'cerddi', by Rhys Cadwaladar, Edward Llwyd, Edward Jones (1794), [Morris Jones] ('M[eurig] Idris'), Edmund John Lloyd [curate of Tremeirchion], D. R. Pugh ('Ap Huw'), Tudur Aled, John Ellis, Thomas Roberts ('Philo Cadfan'), [John Jones] ('Myllin'), 'Ieuan Glan Tanad', Harri Parri (Craig y Gath), J. W. Hughes ('Edeyrn ab Nudd'), [John Jones] ('Ioan Tegid'), Watcin Jones (1731), D[avid] R[ichards] ('Dewi Silin'), T. E. [?Thomas Edwards] (Corwen) (1823), Henry Humphreys (1817), Gryfydd Howel, E.B. ('o Bowys'), Richart [Davies] ('Esgob Dewi'), Roger Kyffin, Dr Thomas ('Treforis, Kidwely'), Edward Morrice, Robert [Davies] ['Bardd Nantglyn'], [William Ellis Jones] ('Cawrdaf'), Hugh Morys, etc., and anonymous poems; letters from M[ary] R[ichards], Llangynyw to 'Elan R[ ], 1851 (personal, the death of Aneurin Owain, a tea at Meifod) (two copies), and from London to her parents, 1818 (personal, visits to friends and sightseeing visits in London) (25 pp.), J[ohn] Jones ('or Morfa'), London to [Thomas] Richard[s] [Darowen], 1819 ('plygain' services, efforts to establish a Welsh Church, personal), David Davies, London to David Richards, Llansilin, 1820 (personal, a situation for the writer in the country), J[ohn] J[ones] ('Glan y Gors'), London to [ ] Richards, 1820 (visits to France, Denbigh Eisteddfod, the receipt of a Breton grammar and vocabulary, a poem by 'Vychan or Gwyndill', a reference to the recipient's sister [Mary Richards]), M. Jones ('Meirig [?Idris]), Manafon to T. C. Richards, undated (personal, news of friends), W[alter] D[avies] ['Gwallter Mechain'], Llanrhaiadr to T[homas] Richards, Llangyniew, 1840 (personal, requesting a letter), Adam Sedgwick, Cambridge to [Mary] Richards, Llangyniew, 1855 (the death of the recipient's brother [Thomas]), John Jones ('Tegid'), Ch[rist] Ch[urch], Oxford to T[homas] Richards, Aberhyw, 1822-6 (the writer's studies, Church news, poetry by the writer, the writer's edition of a Welsh and English Prayer Book for the SPCK) and from Llanasa to D[avid] Richard[s] at Nantglyn, 1815 (the writer's contest with the country rhymesters ('rhigymyddion'), visits to Tremeirchion and Halcin, assistance for Daniel Evans ['Daniel Ddu o Geredigion'] against 'Cawr Gwan', a tribute to Robert Davies, Nan[t]glyn), J. W. Hughes ('Edeyrn ab Nudd'), Llanfyllin, 1845, to L[ewis] Richard[s], Llan Ervul, 1845 (the writer's poverty), Robert Davies ('Bardd Nantglyn') to D[avid] Richard[s], Llansilin, 1824 (personal, references to R[oger] B[utler] C[lough] and Aneurin [Owen], a proposed visit to [an eisteddfod at] Welshpool), T[homas] Price ['Carnhuanawc'], Crickhowel to T[homas] Richards, Berriew, 1824 (the recipient's interest in Breton Scriptures) and Philip Vaughan, Brecon, secretary, Cambrian Society in Gwent to Thomas Richards, Llangynyw, 1821 (thanks for a book of the proceedings in Powys, the election of the recipient to honorary membership); 'Dyma enwau y saith Gysgadur'; a prospectus of 'Difyrwch y Credadyn' by Henry Humphreys, Llanfechan, together with testimonials by David Richard[s], Llansilin and Walter Davies ['Gwallter Mechain'], Manafon, 1825; a brief account of the gallantry of the Welsh Fusiliers at the battle of Alma, 1854; a method of determining the dominical letter in the Calendar to the year 1899; a list of Welsh commotes and parishes; an appeal on behalf of a presentation to Sir Watkin Williams Wynn as a mark of sympathy on the occasion of the fire at Wynnstay, 1858, together with a list of subscriptions collected by Miss [Mary] Richard[s] and Miss Farmer, Meifod; 'Adar llwch gwin' (incomplete); 'Cyfarwyddyd i ddarllaw cwrw'; etc. Some of the poetry is copied from the book of 'Cadwaladr Robert, Llany Mowddwy 1685' (pp. 53 verso, 54 recto).

Wynnstay correspondence,

  • NLW MS 10770D.
  • File
  • [1717x1799] /

A small group of holograph letters of the family of Williams Wynn of Wynnstay:- a letter, 16 January, 1717/18, from Wat[kin] Williams (aft. Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 3rd bart.), from Westminster, to his father Sir William Williams, 2nd bart., at Wynnstay (the writer's visit to Baron Price about 'our Denbigh business', Baron Price's son is to have the lordship of Denbigh, the writer's decision not to send his coach horses down, a request to hasten 'Ned Wynn' with money, news of the King and the Prince, Sir Thomas Hanmer is the greatest man in England with the Prince); a letter, 21 June, 1747, from [Sir] Watkin Williams Wynn, 3rd bart., from Wynnstay, to Mr. Griffiths, apothecary, in Bedford Street near Covent Garden, London (support for Sir Thomas Clargies and Sir John Philips in the Westminster election); a letter, 21 October, ----, from [Sir] Watkin Williams Wynn, 4th bart., to John Evans, Esq., at Wynnstay (Mr. Wyatt's allocation, the writer's return to Wynnstay, etc.); a letter, 26 May, 1789, from Charlotte Williams Wyn, wife of the 4th bart., from Richmond, to John Evans, Esq., at Wynnstay (glass for new rooms, a flood-board to new cascade, money matters, a new malt room, Sir Watkin's health); and the blank dorse of a letter addressed 'To The Members of the Cycle'.

Williams-Wynn family.

Wynnstay Estate Records

  • GB 0210 WYNNSTAY
  • Fonds
  • 1183-1957

Estate and family records, 1183-1957, of the Wynn and Williams Wynn family of Wynnstay, Denbighshire. The archive includes a group of architectural drawings, c. 1770, by James Byres; a group of early charters and deeds, 1183-1676, from the Cistercian Abbey of Strata Marcella (Ystrad Marchell) near Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, and elsewhere; antiquarian, legal and literary manuscripts; account rolls of Sir Richard Wynn, Treasurer to Queen Henrietta Maria, 1627-1649; manorial records relating to manors and boroughs in Denbighshire, Montgomeryshire and Shropshire, 1364-1895 (1934-40 and 1952 deposits); parliamentary election papers for Anglesey, Cardigan (county and borough), Denbighshire, Flintshire and Montgomeryshire, 1621-1883; family and estate correspondence, including part of that of Sir William Williams (1634-1700), Speaker of the House of Commons; rentals and account books, 1300-1925 (preserved in an almost unbroken series from the time of Sir William Williams); over 5000 title deeds and documents, [pre-1290]-[c. 1910], mainly relating to properties in the six North Wales counties and Shropshire, including records for Glascoed and Llanforda, Llwydiarth, Llangedwyn and Glanllyn, Plas-y-Ward, Rhiwgoch and Mathafarn, estates acquired either by marriage or purchase in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; together with papers relating to administration of the estates, 1573-1946; family papers, 1499-1913, county and central government administration papers, 1608-1880; two discrete groups of Much Wenlock estate records, 1534-1860, and Nantcriba estate records, 1381-1680; and various maps. There is an additional group of papers relating to the Wynnstay estate which came from the office of Longueville Gittins solicitors, Oswestry, dated 1582-1957.

Williams Wynn family, of Wynnstay

Y Gell Gymysg, etc.

A composite volume consisting of 'The Bardic Reminiscences. Neu'r Gell Gymmysg', containing, '... Rhagymadrodd a ysgrifenodd y Parch. T. Jones, o Creaton, i'r cyfieithiad Saesoneg o lyfr yn cynnwys 26 o Bregethau Cymraeg, a gyhoeddwyd gan y Parch. Morgan Lloyd, Periglor Ysbytty Evan ...' (Twenty-Six Sermons ... by the Rev. Morgan Lloyd ... London, 1832), Welsh translations of 'A Quaint Sermon and of 'Another ... Titus ii, 9', 'Cyfieithiad O Linellau Saesonaeg, a ysgrifenwyd ar ystôl-gadair y byddai y Parch. George Whitefield yn arfer eistedd arni ...' by [James Hughes] 'Iago Trichrug'; poetry, 1819-38 and undated, by [William Owen Pughe] 'Idrison', [David Owen] 'Dewi Wyn [o Eifion]', John Parry ('Cymmrodorion Llundain'), Mr Jones (Holborn, London), John Dryden, T. Evans ('Flaxd[resse]r Holywell), O. O. (Llanrwst), [Daniel Evans] 'Daniel ab Ieuan Ddu o Geredigion', 'Ieuan Ddu', 'Philogynes', [William Owen] 'Philotheoros', T. Wiliam (Bethesda), [Robert Williams] 'R[obert] ab G[wilym] Ddu, Eifion', R. N. (Cartside Street), [John Davies] 'Brychan', 'Iago Trichrug', J[ohn] Phillips ('Tegidon') (Caerlleon ar Ddyfrdwy), Reginald Heber ('Esgob Heber', bishop of Calcutta), J. Hopkins, R. O. (Llundain), 'Ambrosius' (Bron y Berllan), W. Griffith (Pwllheli), 'Joseph Callestr' (Treffynnon), William Cowper, Charles Mackay, M. B. Tuckey (Cork), Richard Jones (Wern), 'Pedr', [Robert Owen] 'Eryron Gwyllt Walia', Griffith Williams ['Gutyn Peris'] (Braich Talog, Llandegai), J[ohn] H[ughes] (Pont Robert), and W[illiam] W[illiams] (Pant y Celyn), a Welsh translation of an undated letter from R. Bloomfield expressing the willingness of the King to patronise institutions designed to foster the Welsh language, and English and Welsh versions of 'Rules To be observed by this Family (Rheolau i gael eu cadw gan y Teulu hwn. Gwel Psalm 101)'; and forms of letters, petitions, acknowledgments, characters, and addresses largely of Gwydyr estate and Llanrwst interest (e.g. from John Jones, Llanrhychwyn, concerning his rent, 1844, Richd. Williams, Dolwyddelen, concerning sub-letting, 1844, William Lloyd, near Llanrwst, soliciting charity towards a voyage to America, 1845, 'Cymdeithas Gwyr a Llangciau Glanau Lledr', Dolyddelen, on behalf of their Band, 1845, Robert Hughes, Trefriw, concerning a trial for ore in Trefriw, 1846, Jane Jones, soliciting relief to cure cancer, 1848, A. J., Llanrwst, petitioning for a Gwydyr's Pension, 1849, Wynnstay tenants in the township of Maenan, parish of Eglwys fach, soliciting an annual subscription towards the salary of a schoolmaster, 1849, etc., etc.). Inset are verses on the death of Evan Evans ('Ieuan Brydydd Hir') by the Rev. R. Williams, Fron, near Bala, 1790, a 'cywydd' by 'Ieuan Brydydd Hir' ('Af fal Merddin Ddewinwr'), and tables of commercial stamp duties, 1841.