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Army pay book of Private David John Rogers, Bangor,

  • BMSS/27000.
  • File
  • 1917-1919.

‘Army Pay Book’ (A.B.64 Pt.I) of David John Rogers, Private, Royal Army Medical Corps, of Bangor. Posting and pay entries show active service locations (many at sea) at Malta, Salonika and Murmansk.

Bala-Bangor Manuscripts,

  • GB 0222 BALAB
  • Fonds
  • 1826-1967.

A collection of 297 items, regarding various individuals and matters associated with the Bala-Bangor College. They include registers and account books of chapels; (Rev.) William Ambrose's (Emrys) Manuscripts; notebooks of notes and/or sermons; manuscript copies of sermons; diaries; pictures; college registers; bank books; papers relating to Cilgwyn Chapel; papers relating to Rhaeadr Gwy; a file of papers concerning the attitude of the students towards military obligation; letters; papers of the Headmasters Thomas Rees and John Morgan Jones and of the Rev. R. H. Williams.


Bob Owen Croesor Papers,

  • GB 0222 BMSS CROES
  • Fonds
  • c.1690-1955 /

The collection consists of manuscript material created by Bob Owen, Croesor as well as manuscript material collected by him. -- The work of Bob Owen Croesor consists of essays composed for entry in Eisteddfod competitions. These cover a variety of subjects which touch upon local history, Welsh history and Welsh literature e.g. the history of the harp in Wales; emigration from Wales to London; the famous people of Llanfrothen, Merionethshire; the history of the Presaddfed estate, Anglesey; to list but a few. There are also essay notes and lecture notes for Workers Educational Association (WEA) classes, notes made of sermons and notes for radio talks for BBC Radio Cymru. -- The numerous letters written by Bob Owen to various correspondents reveal the extent of his knowledge of books and periodicals and Welsh literature - they are full of unique phrases and colloquialisms. A great majority of letters are addressed to Thomas Richards, Librarian of the University College of North Wales. Bob Owen writes of his work in collecting his library, and also of such matters as the war, politics, local history and historical research, Eisteddfodau, BBC radio talks, WEA lectures and Welsh emigration to America. -- The collection consists of numerous transcripts made by Bob Owen of parish records and Bishops Transcripts. The records which have been copied cover the following parishes : Betws Gwerful Goch, Dolgellau, Ffestiniog, Llanbedr, Llandanwg, Llandecwyn, Llandrillo-yn-Edeirnion, Llandderfel, Llanddwywe, Llanelltud, Llanenddwyn, Llanfihangel-y-traethau, Tal-y-llyn, Trawsfynydd, Tywyn all in Merionethshire and Aberdaron, Bodfean, Botwnnog, Bryncroes, Cricieth, Dolwyddelan, Llandygwnning, Llangwnnadl, Llaniestyn, Mellteyrn, Penmachno, Treflys in Caernarfonshire and Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr in Denbighshire. -- There are miscellaneous items such as note books and photographs. Items supplied by Bob Owen to the Countryside Exhibits at the Royal Show, Wolverhampton, 1937 as Organiser under the Caernarfonshire Rural Community Council. Also, papers regarding the case between Bob Owen and Crowe's of Wrexham in 1924 regarding the sale of An elegy wrote in a country church yard by Thomas Gray at Sotheby's.-- The manuscript material collected by Bob Owen for his library covers a wide range of topics. The poetical manuscripts date as far back as the late 17th century and were composed by many bards e.g. Robin Ddu, Wiliam Phylip, Rhys Goch Eryri, Dafydd Ddu Eryri, Sion Cawrdaf to name but a few. The other literary manuscripts take the form of note books and letters e.g. a scrap book compiled by Myrddin Fardd. -- Material of a religious nature includes the accounts of the C.M. Chapel in Bala, Merionethshire, 1855-1862 and of Dwyran C.M. Chapel, Anglesey, 1815-1821. -- There are diaries and biographies such as the diaries of Evan Evans of Plas Llandecwyn, Merionethshire, 1846-1847, and a tour of north Wales, 1830 and a guide to Snowdon from Beddgelert in 1845 by Thomas Jones. -- The letters collected by Bob Owen have been divided under the following headings : letters of musicians, letters of famous people, Anglesey matters (from the papers of R.H. Thomas, Pentraeth), letters to Rev. D.D. Williams. -- The miscellaneous material includes the accounts of a boatman, the note book of an excise officer, the vestry book, 1830 and other records of Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr parish, litigation papers regarding the Hendwr estate, Merionethshire and records relating to enclosures and land drainage, roads and transport.

Bob Owen Croesor.

John Richard Williams Papers,

  • GB 0222 BMSS JRWMS
  • Fonds
  • 1904-1984 /

The papers consist mostly of photograph albums, photographs and postcards. Most of the albums were compiled by John Richard Williams and Anne Williams following holidays spent in various parts of Europe and North Africa, ca. 1923-1938. They contain a mixture of postcard views, souvenirs, programmes, menus etc. and photographs taken by Anne Williams. One photograph album entitled 1914-1918 The Great War includes postcards and photographs of battle scenes, ruined buildings and of John Richard Williams with fellow servicemen. -- The photographs and postcards cover a variety of subjects and can range from family photographs to those of chapels, war memorials and views throughout Europe. -- Amongst the miscellaneous items, there are numerous certificates awarded to John Richard Williams and a few which belong to Anne Williams. They may relate to war service, the law society, free masonry and chapel-going. Also, there are souvenir booklets and guides to European cities, tourist attractions and cruises. There is some correspondence and other personal records. -- A few items relate in particular to the First World War such as the Observer's Flying Log Book of Lt John R. Williams, 1918 which contains descriptions of aerial patrols and ground warfare. -- The two books written by John Richard Williams are also included amongst his papers.

John Richard Williams and his sister, Miss Anne Williams.

Papers of Cynan,

  • GB 0222 BMSS CYN
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1916-ca. 1966 /

The collection consists of manuscript, typescript and draft material by Cynan. Amongst the poetry there are odes, long poems in free metre and in metre, hymns, carols and translations of poems. Included is a first draft of Anfon y Nico i Landwr and a copy of Cofnodion a Chyfansoddiadau Eisteddfod Genedlaethol 1924 Pontypwl with Cynan's amendments to his ode I'r Dduw nid Adweinir. The plays and dramatic productions include his pageants Hywel Harris and Absalom fy Mab. Amongst the essays is a typescript of his only novel Ffarwel Weledig, described as a romance of Macedonia. Other material includes, lectures, addresses and essays on various subjects, mostly relating to drama and Welsh literature; prayers and sermons; newspaper cuttings; correspondence; radio talks; photographs; L.P. recordings of Cynan reading his poetry. There is documentation regarding the National Eisteddfod and relating to Cynan's connection with the Free Masons.

Albert Evans-Jones, also known as Cynan.

Papers of Mary Silyn Roberts,

  • GB 0222 BMSS MSIL
  • Fonds
  • 1846-1941 /

The collection consists mainly of correspondence regarding the death of R. Silyn Roberts and the sale of his books, the Workers Educational Association, Bethel Chapel in Tanygrisiau, Merionethshire, the death of the brother of Mary Silyn Roberts in Australia and other matters. Also, there are letters written by Mary Silyn Roberts and R. Silyn Roberts to Professor F. Rönning, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1904-1922. -- There are lectures and general notebooks which belonged to Mary Silyn Roberts when studying at the University College of Aberystwyth, pre 1905; reports and letters regarding the Women's Land Army in Wales, 1914-1918; a photograph of the grave of R. Silyn Roberts and a ticket of a meeting at Mynydd y Cilgwyn Chapel, 1846.

Mrs M. Silyn Roberts, née Mary Parry.

Papers of Rev. R. Peris Williams,

  • GB 0222 BMSS RPW
  • Fonds
  • 1838-1917 /

The collection contains letters written to R. Peris Williams from various individuals; addresses and notebooks on religious matters such as the attempt to lift the debt owed by Henryd Chapel, Conwy, Caernarfonshire. Also, a few Eisteddfod adjudications, 1867-1878 and his own poetical works, 1849-1855 as well as two diaries written by him whilst serving as Chaplain in the First World War, 1915-1917 and details on the death of Hedd Wyn in 1917. -- There is a large section of papers belonging and relating to Gwalchmai. Papers regarding his career as a minister and preacher collated most probably by R. Peris Williams for his memoir on Gwalchmai. Also, a large part of the collection is taken up by letters written to Gwalchmai from various correspondents, family and friends, poets and writers. They provide an insight into the life and interests of the literary men of the Victorian age in Wales and reveal a great deal about religious matters. -- Other material, include, collections of hymns; sermons preached by Emrys, 1854-1856; sailing book, 1884-1885 of the Enterprise, captained by George Lewis; diary of Ceiriog as a station master in 1872; autobiography of Rev. Samuel Evans, Llandegla, Denbighshire, 1900 and essays on philology given to Gwallter Mechain by Dr Karl Meyer of Germany, 1844.

Rev. Robert Peris Williams and Rev. Richard Parry 'Gwalchmai'.

R. Silyn Roberts Papers,

  • GB 0222 BMSS SIL
  • Fonds
  • 1896-1939 /

A large collection of papers containing letters from various correspondents to R. (Silyn) Roberts, some from prominent literary figures such as W.J. Gruffydd, T. Gwynn Jones and Cynan - one letter from David Lloyd George. The topics covered include the poetry of R. (Silyn) Roberts, his work with the WEA and the Labour Party, and personal matters. Some correspondence is addressed to Mrs Silyn Roberts, 1930-1939 and some from R. (Silyn) Roberts to his family, 1896-1930. -- There is an incomplete set of R. (Silyn) Roberts' diaries, 1896-1930. Also, drafts of his own poetry, essays, adjudications, and notes on various subjects, including his own collections of poetry and his biography. There are notes on sermons, examination papers, research notes on Arthurian Legend, applications for posts, photographs, a labour party address and lecture notes when studying at UCNW and at Bala Theological College. -- There are papers, including correspondence and accounts, relating to the First World War and the suffering experienced in Wales; the poetry of Hedd Wyn and the Hedd Wyn Memorial Fund, 1917-1926; a trip to the United States with the Moelwyn Choir to collect money towards the campaign against tuberculosis in Wales, 1911-1912.

Robert Silyn Roberts.

Recruiting poster entitled 'Y darn papur',

  • BMSS/29213.
  • File
  • 1914, Dec.

Recruiting poster entitled ‘Y Darn Papur’ is a Welsh version of the famous ‘The Scrap of Paper.’ History of the poster included on wrapping, which reads as follows: Gift of R. H. D. who initiated it and had it produced as Clerk to the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee (R. Humphrey Davies, Museum of Welsh Antiquities, UCNW).

'Rhiwle yn Ffrainc' written by Hedd Wyn,

  • BMSS/23333(a).
  • File
  • 1917.

The letter provides a poet's view of the life 'behind the line' and yet heroically does not reveal the actual horrors of the trenches, but focuses on the few small moments of beauty that the poet finds to contemplate and share with the reader.

Hedd Wyn, 1887-1917

Royal Welsh Fusiliers' War Diaries,

  • GB 0222 BMSS RWF
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1918 /

This collection consists of war diaries, 1916-1918, of the 14th (Service Battalion), Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The diaries, with some entries written in the hand of Major Wynn Wheldon, give a day-to-day chronicle of the activities of the battalion on the Western Front including reports on operations and actions, particulars of casualties, etc.

14th (Service Battalion) Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Sir John Morris-Jones Papers,

  • GB 0222 BMSS JMJ
  • Fonds
  • 1812-1936 /

The papers of Sir John Morris-Jones consist mostly of correspondence. There are over 600 letters addressed to John Morris-Jones from men of letters and Celtic scholars from Wales and further afield including Dr Gwenogfryn Evans, Sir John Rhys and Sir Owen Edwards (Reference numbers 3245-3250, 32496). Also, letters written by John Morris-Jones at Oxford to William Edwards of Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, 1885-1888 (Reference numbers 7201-7208). -- Scrap books and exercise books when he was a pupil at Friars, Bangor; Christ College, Brecon and Jesus College, Oxford, 1875-1880's (Reference numbers 3251-3252, 8476-7478). -- Accounts relating to the publication of Caniadau, 1906-1909 (Reference number 8480). -- Extracts of the poetry of William Llyn, Sion Philip, Sion Tudur etc. with notes (Reference number 8479). -- An appeal made during the First World War and published in 1914 entitled At y Cymry (Reference number 116). -- A manuscript copy of A Welsh Grammar, historical and comparative, published in 1913 (Reference number 117). -- Note book of gleanings compiled in the preparation of Cerdd Dafod published in 1925 (Reference number 26895). -- Collections of old Welsh sayings entered for competition in Eisteddfod Meirion in 1903 when John Morris-Jones acted as adjudicator (Reference numbers 468-474, 3254-3257).-- 114 englynion sent to the Bangor National Eisteddfod in 1915 (Reference number 475). -- Student note book of lectures delivered by John Morris-Jones at the University College of North Wales (Reference number 13942). -- A note books of songs and poems by John Morris-Jones together with translations of English and German poetry (Reference number 18332-18333). -- Documents relating to the Sir John Morris-Jones Memorial, 1929-1936 (Reference number 1975). -- A paper by E.R. Vaughan, Bangor on the subject of John Morris-Jones. (Reference number 15441). -- The collection also includes miscellaneous family papers such as a shop account book, 1852-1864; a letter written by the father of John Morris-Jones, 1863; material relating to the C.M. Chapel in Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, 1865-1880; Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll Parish Receipt and Payment Book, 1838-1848 and Highway Rate Book, 1858-1862; note book of William Williams of Garnan Goch, Gaerwen, 1812-1832. -- Further, uncatalogued material, relating to Sir John Morris-Jones is held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor.

Sir John Morris-Jones.

'Yr Arwr' by Hedd Wyn,

  • BMSS/23333(c).
  • File
  • 1917.

A draft of the Eisteddfod Chair winning awdl, in the poet's own hand.

Hedd Wyn, 1887-1917