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A biographical and heraldic dictionary,

  • NLW MS 12522C.
  • File
  • [1876x1940] /

A volume described on the title page as 'The Heraldic Arms of the Welsh Princes Compiled by N[icholas] Bennett, Glanyrafon [Trefeglwys, co. Montgomery]. Copied & Emblazoned by his Nephew Breese Bennett Owen at Glanyrafon during . . . 1876'. The work is in the form of a biographical dictionary of eminent Welshmen from the earliest times to the nineteenth century, with, whenever ascertainable, descriptions and copies (emblazoned) of their coats of arms. Included as insets are a holograph letter from J[ ohn] Deffett Francis, Swansea, to Captain Thomas [of Swansea, 18]78, thanking the recipient for the opportunity to peruse the manuscript; and a family pedigree tracing the descent from the Bennett family of Glanyrafon of Mrs. E. I. Wynne-Jones of Rudgwick, Sussex, who donated the volume to the National Library. A list of manuscripts and books consulted in compiling the work is given at the beginning.

Owen, Breese Bennett

Heraldic dictionary,

  • NLW MS 12690C.
  • File
  • [1807x1848] /

A volume [in the hand of Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick], the first part of which ( pp. 1-322) consists of an incomplete, heraldic dictionary, purporting to contain descriptions of 'The Arms of the gentry of Wales, and some others of the English gentry who match'd in Wales, alphabetically layd down'. Some of the descriptions are illustrated with pencil sketches of armorial shields, and a few of these have been coloured. A holograph note by S. R. Meyrick, on a fly-leaf at the beginning of the volume, reads 'The following Manuscript was copied from another, written about the latter end of the 16th, or beginning of the 17th century; and is an authentic heraldic compilation. The coats of Arms were not added to the original'. The second part of the volume (pp. 323- ) appears to have been intended as a biographical dictionary of the persons and families included in the first part ('Annotations on the foregoing heraldic Manuscript'). An incomplete list (A-L) of the said families and persons was compiled, but only in a comparatively few instances have notes been added.

Meyrick, Samuel Rush, Sir, 1783-1848

Herald's Armorial, Vol. I

  • NLW MS 13697D
  • File
  • 1640-1660

A manuscript armorial of English and Welsh families entitled The nomenclature or Heralds Alphabett of Surnames, A-K (vol. I), with additional notes by Peter Le Neve (1661-1729), Norroy King at Arms. Painted coat-of-arms have been affixed to the manuscript at relevant points throughout the work.

Le Neve, Peter, 1661-1729

Herald's Armorial, Vol. II

  • NLW MS 13698D
  • File
  • 1640-1660

A manuscript armorial of English and Welsh families entitled The nomenclature or Heralds Alphabett of Surnames, L-Z (vol. II), with additional notes by Peter Le Neve (1661-1729), Norroy King at Arms. Painted coats-of-arms have been affixed to the manuscript at relevant points throughout the work.

Le Neve, Peter, 1661-1729

Historical notes,

  • NLW MS 23278B
  • File
  • [1584x1592], [1750x1799] /

An imperfect copy of David Powel, The historie of Cambria, now called Wales ... (London, 1584), containing many notes and comments on the text, including collation with other chronicles (Roger de Hoveden, Stow, Matthew Paris, Giraldus Cambrensis and Brut y Tywysogion, e.g. p. 333). Most of the notes are probably in the hand of George Owen Harry (c. 1553-c. 1614), rector of Whitechurch and Llanfihangel Penbedw, co. Pembroke (see signature on pp. 1 and 15 (first sequence) and notes on pp. xvi, 115, 193); included are a brief pedigree of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth (p. 63) and coats of arms, mostly in trick (pp. 28, 103, 115, 131-7, 193, 246, 392). An englyn on the death in 1569 of William Herbert, 1st earl of Pembroke, is written, probably by the same scribe, on p. viii. According to a note on p. 402, the scribe read the volume in 1584 and 1592. Several leaves are missing and the deficiency in the printed text is supplied on inserted leaves in a mid or late XVIII cent. hand.

George Owen Harry and others.

Baronetage,

  • NLW MSS 10366-10367D.
  • File
  • [1768x1799].

Two volumes containing printed accounts of baronetcies created between 1611 and 1768 with cuttings of coats of arms pasted in the margins. The accounts are arranged in the chronological order of creation and there is a manuscript index of names in each volume.

The Cycle of the White Rose

  • NLW MSS 23301-2C, 23303B.
  • File
  • 1935

'A History of the Cycle 1710-1869' compiled in 1935 by Nest Lloyd and Susan Mainwaring, recounts the history of 'The Cycle of the White Rose', originally a Welsh Jacobite Club, which was established at Wrexham in 1710 to serve north-east Wales and part of Cheshire. The volumes consist mainly of extracts from the extant minute-books, now designated NLW MSS 14941-2C, supplemented by additional material from other sources. NLW MS 23301C includes a chapter on the Jacobite links of the Williams Wynn family of Wynnstay and an appendix containing details for Cycle meetings kept at Overton, co. Flint, during the period 1760-74 (see NLW MS 14943D); NLW MS 23302C consists of lists of, and notes on, members, illustrated with armorial bearings and engravings of 'Cycle' houses; and NLW MS 23303B includes notes on the Wynnstay Theatre, comprising lists of performances and casts, 1773-87.

Lloyd, Nest, fl. 1935