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A. J. Humphreys pedigree chart

Pedigree chart, dated 15 October 1973, of Arthur Jones-Humphreys, compiled by, and in the hand of, the donor.
Also included are typescript notes on the donor's family and on the 'Fifteen Noble Tribes of Gwynedd' (ff. 2-3).

Humphreys, A. J. (Arthur Jones)


An incomplete folio manuscript containing genealogies, mainly of North Wales families, written towards the end of the sixteenth century, together with extensive additions, revisions, and critical observations in a number of hands (including 'H.R.' amd 'E.Ll.') of approximately the period 1633-1685. The volume is a compilation from various sources, of which some are specified, e.g. the hands of books of Lewys ap Edward, H[umphrey] L[lwyd], Simwnt Vychan, Lewys Dwnn (based in one instance on 'llyfr koch o bowys' - 'Pechod na losgid y llyfr hwnnw'), Ievan Llwyd Jeffrey, Geo[rge] Owen, Gruff[ydd] Hiraethoc, W[illia]m Llyn, William Kynwal, John 'vn llawioc', 'Mr. Puleston o Drefalyn', Guttyn Owen, 'y llyfr dv o gaer vyrddin', etc.

Achau a barddoniaeth

Pedigrees of North Wales families copied by Jonathan Jones, Caernarfon and others from collections made by Owen Gruffydd, Llanystumdwy, together with cywyddau and englynion by Owen Gruffydd, Robert ap Rhys Wyn, Thomas Prys and Wiliam Llyn.

Achau Cymreig, &c.

Genealogies, mainly of North Wales families, in the hand of Thomas Evans, Hendre Forfydd (fl. 1596-1633); a poem in free metre by Rowland Vaughan (c. 1590-1667), Caergai, with a copy of a letter from him to Owen Salusbury (d. c. 1600/1601), Rhug, and a short English poem Upon a woman hanged at Oxford ... 1650 ...; two indexes.

Evans, Thomas, active 1596-1633

Achau, arfau, &c.

A volume containing mainly pedigrees of North and South Wales families written by two principal scribes of the circle of George Owen of Henllys, Pembrokeshire.
(a) Pages 1, 7-209, 223-232, 239-256 and possibly 372-373 are written by a scribe who, although experienced in penning a good secretary hand and in executing ornate headings, is often inaccurate in his transcription of Welsh personal and place-names; he also wrote the line 'Owain ap Gruffith /i/ gelwid Gwinn ap Gr: yn jawn' on p. 41, in italic (examples of the same italic hand are found in the margins of pp. 19, 66, 113, 355, 356, 361 and elsewhere). This section comprises a collection of pedigrees mostly of North Wales families, including 'Bonedd y Saint' (pp. 84-90); the prose text 'Pedwar Marchog ar Higen oedd yn llys Arthur' (end wanting) (pp. 37-38); the dates of battles in the 'Wars of the Roses' (pp. 31, 208); five englynion, including one by Richard Davies, bishop of St Davids (p. 1), and other englynion dispersed among the pedigrees (pp. 57, 78, 92, 114-115, 170), together with the series of forty englynion entitled 'Campod Manuwel' (pp. 223-232); and the prose piece 'Disgrifiad Arfau', a Welsh translation of the heraldic treatise 'Tractatus de Armis', attributed to John Trevor, bishop of St Asaph (pp. 239-256). The ultimate source of this section is the collection of pedigrees and other texts written, [c. 1510], by 'Syr' Tomas ab Ieuan ap Deicws in Peniarth MS 127 (see p. 53); however, internal evidence suggests that the scribe was copying from the transcript of Peniarth MS 127 in NLW MS 17112D rather than directly from the original (see p. 104, where he begins copying the note 'Darfu examinatio y llyfrev newydd hyd yma' which occurs on f. 66 verso of NLW MS 17112D, before he realized his mistake). Both Brogyntyn MS I.15 and NLW MS 17112D preserve the original order of the text of Peniarth MS 127, which has been subsequently disarranged in binding. (b) Pages 211-212, 269-371, 374-411 are written by another experienced scribe whose display script is almost indistinguishable from that of the first scribe. These pages contain pedigrees mostly of South Wales families and include two copies of 'Llyma enway Kwnkwerwyr y rhai a vyant yngwlad Vorgannwg ay harfay' (pp. 280, 361-362), a third containing merely a short list of the conquerors' names (p. 310), and two copies of 'Llyma achoed Saint ynys Brydain' [= 'Bonedd y Saint'] (pp. 363-365, 385-386). The text on pp. 211-212, as indicated by a note in the hand of George Owen of Henllys at the head of p. 211, was copied in 1596 from the manuscript of 'Hyw Lewis Sr morgan' of Hafodwen, Carmarthenshire, which 'D'd ap Ienkin m'edd o Vachynlleth' wrote in 1586; the original is now NLW MS 3055D (Mostyn MS 159), pp. 232-233. The text on pp. 271-343 is partly derived from a manuscript written in 1513 by the Carmarthenshire poet and genealogist Ieuan Brechfa for 'Mastr John ap Henry ap Rees', with some of the pedigrees brought down to the second half of the sixteenth century; Ieuan Brechfa's manuscript does not seem to have survived; it is not Peniarth MS 131, pp. 199-308, which is thought to be in his hand. The source of pp. 345-411 is unknown, although the text on pp. 347-365 follows very closely that in Peniarth MS 143, pp. [?1-3], 4, 47-48, 7-19, 33-46, 49-52, written by the same mid-sixteenth century scribe who wrote many of the religious texts in Cardiff Central Library Havod MS 22. A leaf containing a prophecy in English verse, written in a late-sixteenth century hand, has been tipped in after the main text (pp. 413-414).

Achau, barddoniaeth, etc.

A volume of Crogen Iddon (Pontfadog, Denbighshire) provenance, written mainly during the second half of the seventeenth century. It contains pedigrees of North Wales families (including Owen of Crogen Iddon); 'cywyddau', etc., by Guto['r] Glyn, William Llyn, Davydd Llwyd ab Ll'n ab Gr., Euan Llafar, Lewis Mon, Thomas Price (Plas Iolyn), Gryffydd Phylib, Watkin Klywedog, Rees Kain, Ivan Clowedog, Sion Tvdyr, Ifan brydydd da, Sion Philip, Lewis Morganwc, David ap Rees, Edmund Prys, Sion Glyn ap Digan, Doctor Sion Cent, Morgan ap Hugh Lewis, Robt. Lewis, Richard Gele, John Clywedog, Ivan Gethin ap Ivan, Robyn Dyfi, William Phillip ('o ddyffrun y dudwu'), William Cynwal, Gryffydd Hiraethog, Mredydd ap Rys, Howel ap D'd ap Ie'nn ap Rys, Iolo Goch, Hugh Lloyd Cunwal, ?Jon. Hughes (Crogen Ithon), Hugh Moris, Rob. Cylidro, Sion Tudur, Ro[bert] Mydd[elton], Lewis Glyn Cothi, Mathew Owen, John Moris, Moris Becwn, Roger Kyffin, Wiliam Puw Llafar, Ffowlke Prys, and Tudur Aled; 'A sacred Mystery of ye Jesuits delivered in french to a Louer of ye reformed Religon, shortly After ye Murder of Henry ye 4th King of France'; 'Arfav twysogion Kymry ag arglwyddi'; and a list of contents of the pedigrees and poetry. Some of the later additions are in the hand of John Davies, Rhiwlas, Llansilin. The copious arithmetical calculations recorded in the margins are probably by John Edwards of Crogen Iddon, etc. (1755). Bound in at the end are six pages of notes on the volume in the hand of John Ceiriog Hughes ('Ceiriog'), 1880, together with an undated holograph letter from 'Ceiriog', Van Railway, Caersws to Nicholas Bennett [at Glanrafon, Trefeglwys].

Achau, etc.

A composite volume, originally owned by Owen Williams ('Owain Gwyrfai'), Waun-fawr, with copious insets, containing a folio (pp. [655]-656) from Baner Cymru, October 20 1858; a section ('Ordevices', cols 777-840) from William Camden: Britannia (? 1722 edition) with a map of North Wales by Robt. Norden (? from the 1695 edition); two keys to 'Coelbren y Beirdd', the one undoubtedly and the other probably in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg'); extensive transcripts of Caernarfonshire and other North Wales pedigrees, mainly in the hands of Owen Williams and John Jones ('Myrddin Fardd'); and imperfect notes relating to the history and endowments of the Free School, Dolgellau.

Armorial, &c.,

A volume containing a glossary of armorial families and individuals; a few pedigrees, notably of Griffith of Carreg-lwyd, Llanfaethlu; a list of the fifteen tribes of North Wales; and a note and diagram to ascertain the acreage of the island of Anglesey.

Barddoniaeth, &c.,

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A volume of transcripts of Welsh poetry. The first fifty-one folios contain copies, in a 16th-century hand, of 'cywyddau' by Siôn Cent, Iolo Goch, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Madog Benfras, Gruffudd Gryg, Dafyddd ab Edmwnd, Iorwerth Fynglwyd, Tudur Aled, Dafydd Nanmor and others. The remainder of the volume (ff. 52-147) is in several hands of the end of the 17th century. At the head of f. 52 is the following note:- 'Haec sequens Collectio facta fuit Opera P.V.A.M. ...', the initials probably representing the name of Peter Vaughan, M.A., who was vicar of Llangernyw from 1682 to 1689. This part of the manuscript contains the names and arms of the fifteen tribes of Gwynedd; pedigrees of some Abergele families (among them that of Peter Vaughan himself) taken from the books of Sion Tudur and Rhys Cain; an account of the five residences of Sir Roger Mostyn in 1682; poetry in strict and free metres by Sion Tudur, Morus Dwyfech, Richard Phylip, Gryffydd Phylip, Guto'r Glyn, Maredudd ap Rhys, Edmwnd Prys, Lewis Glyn Cothi and others; etc.

Barddoniaeth, etc.

A composite volume containing poetry by John Roberts ('Sion Lleyn'), 1768-71, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Owen Ellis (Nant), Will. Jones y gwydd, Mathew Owen, Huw Rober[t]s, John Dafydd, Syr Rhys yr offeiriad (llanfair), Owen Gruffydd, J. Rhydderch, Wm Elias, Edward Moris, Ifan Gruffydd leiaf, G[utto'r] Glyn, Einian ap Gwalchmai, D[afydd] Nanmor, William Phylip, Huw ab Ifan, Edmund Prys, Gruffydd Phylip, [Robert Prichard] 'Robin Raber', Dafydd Owain o'r Gaerwen ('Marwnad Robert Roberts Pregethwr enwog yn mhlith y Methodistiaid ...') and Gronwy Owen, followed by a collection of the poems of the Reverend Mr Gronwy Owen ('Casgliad o waith y Parch. Mr Gronwy Owen, a Alwei ei hun Gronwy Ddu o Fôn'), with items by [Evan Evans] 'Ieuan Brydydd hir', Huw Huws Alias y Bardd Coch o Fôn, Lewis Morys (poetry and a letter) and Rhobert Huws o Benmynydd ('Robin ddu o Fon'). The contents also include some pedigrees (Achau Penyberth, Richard Llwyd o Griciaith, Bach y Saint, Penllech., Wern Penmorfa, Mostyn, Cors-y-Gedol, Castell-march, Cefn-Llanfair, Wern fawr, Penarth. etc.), 'Ychydig o hanesion' ('Am feibion Noa', etc.), miscellaneous notes, weaving patterns etc. The volume is written in several hands: pp. 1-84 are probably in the autograph of John Roberts ('Siôn Lleyn'); pp. 117-124 are in the autograph of Robert Prichard ('Robin 'Raber') and most of the remainder, if the lettering on the spine is correct, could be in the autograph of John Thomas ('Siôn Wyn o Eifion').

Barddoniaeth, etc.,

A folio volume, the contents of which consists mainly of transcripts, in a variety of hands, of Welsh verse in strict metre, including 'cywyddau' and 'englynion' by Tho[mas] lloyd Ienga, Cad[wala]dr Thomas, W[illia]m Phillip, Huw Lloyd Cynfel, John Davies, Owain Griffith, Robert Humphrey (y prydydd bach), John Richart, Davydd lloyd llewelyn ap Gruffyth (o fathafarn), Gutto'r Glynn, Davyd Nanmor, Lewis Môn, Theodor (Tydur) Aled, Robin ddu ap sianckin Bledrydd, Hugh Machno, John Phylyp, Gruffyth Phylip, Richard Kynwal, Ievan llwyd, John Owenes, Philip Jo[h]n Philip, Rys Cain, Jo[h]n V[ augha]n (Caergai), David Davies, Edm[wnd] Prys, and D[avi]d Lloyd ap Will[ ia]m. There is also some Welsh verse in free metre by Rowland Vaughan (Caer Gai). Other items include copies of a rental of chief rents issuing to the crown out of the hundred of Ardydwy ywch artro, and out of Isartro [co. Merioneth], 1623, and of a rental of assize rents in the vill of Llanaber [co. Merioneth], 1637; pedigrees of the families of Anwyll [of Park, parish of Llanfrothen, co. Merioneth], Wynn [of Gwydir, co. Caernarvon], and Wynn [of Maesyneuadd, parish of Llandecwyn, co. Merioneth ]; maternal pedigrees of several North Wales families; a copy of 'The message of king Hen[ry] the seventh, as he was on his march to Bosworth field, to John ap Meredith, as it is in Edward Puleston's Bk.'; a memorandum, 1676, by Robert Wynne, of a lease of lands called Moel y Glo to Gruff Owen; and a few lines of English and Latin verse.

British Remains ..., with additions

British Remains ... to which are added Memoirs of Edward Llwyd ... By the Rev. N[icholas] Owen Jun A.M. (London, 1777), with nineteen pages giving the arms, drawn and coloured by hand, of the families mentioned in that portion of the manuscript called The Names and Arms of the Ancient Nobility of North Wales ..., followed by a pedigree of the Ruthven family.

Brut y Tywysogion

An incomplete transcript by Robert Vaughan of the Peniarth 20 version of Brut y Tywysogion with interpolations in the same hand from Brenhinedd y Saeson, followed by brief Latin annals: the death of Llewelyn, 1282, the rising of Owain Glyndwr, 1401, the death of Walter Barlee, master of Halston, 1442, the battle of Shrewsbury, 1403, the death of Owain Glyndwr on the feast of St. Matthew, 1415, the death of the Duke of York, the battle of St. Albans, the accession of Edward IV, the death of Alson Gwyn, 1429, the death of Robert Trevor, 1452, an eclipse of the sun, 1433, the death of Henry V, 1422, the famine of 1439, with price of corn at Shrewsbury, the death of Thomas Earl of Arundel, 1415, the death of Robert, bishop of St. Asaph, 1433, the death of Edward ap Dd., 1448, and the death of Ieuan ap Adda ap Ierwerth, 1448, [1612x1667] (pp. 1-16); together with a list of the barons of Dinmael in the hand of Robert Lloyd, surveyor, [17 cent., ?second ¼] (pp. 17-22); and extracts from the pedigrees of Gwynedd families copied out of the collections of Lewis Dwnn, [1699] (pp. 1-24).

Vaughan, Robert, 1592-1667

Families of Hughes

One of four manuscripts containing material taken from parish registers, wills, etc. relating to members of North Wales families bearing the surname Hughes.

Families of Hughes

One of four manuscripts containing material taken from parish registers, wills, etc. relating to members of North Wales families bearing the surname Hughes.

Families of Hughes

One of four manuscripts containing material taken from parish registers, wills, etc. relating to members of North Wales families bearing the surname Hughes.

Families of Hughes

One of four manuscripts containing material taken from parish registers, wills, etc. relating to members of North Wales families bearing the surname Hughes.

Flintshire pedigrees,

A small group of Flintshire and other North Wales pedigrees, largely from printed sources, including the families of Conwy of Bodrhyddan, Morgan of Gwylgrev (Golden Grove), Davies of Gop (in the hand of T. Allen Glenn, Meliden), Salisbury of Llewenni, Wynne of Ceunant, etc.

T. Allen Glenn and others.

Geiriadur Wiliam Llŷn, barddoniaeth ac achau

'Geirlyfr William Lleyn'; 'Bardhoniaeth ... William Middelton'; pedigrees and arms, mainly of North Wales families; 'cywyddau', 'awdlau', etc. by Adda Fras, Iolo Goch, Maredudd ap Rhys, Robin Ddu, Rhys Nanmor, Gwilym ab Ieuan Hen, Dafydd Gorlech, Tudur Aled, Gruffudd ab Ieuan ab Llywelyn Fychan, Wiliam Llŷn, Sion Cent, Sion Tudur, Thomas Prys, Lewis Menai, Gruffudd Phylip, Richard Cynwal, Edmwnd Prys, Wmffre Dafydd ab Ifan, Wiliam Phylip, Sion Bryncir, Siôn Phylip, Richard Phylip, Sion Dafydd Lâs [John Davies], Watcyn Clywedog, Mor[u]s Dwyfech [Morus ap Dafydd ab Ifan ab Einion], Huw Lewis, Dafydd ap Hwlcyn ap Madog, Rhisiart Brych, Dafydd Jones ('Ficer Llanfair-Dyffryn-Clwyd'), Owen Gruffydd, Sion Lleyn [John Roberts], Taliesin, Rhys Goch Eryri, Dafydd Llwyd ap Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, Sion Roger, Sypyn Cyfeiliog [Dafydd Bach ap Madog Wladaidd], Bedo Brwynllys, Mathew Owen, Edward Morus, Huw Mor[y]s, Ieuan Dew Brydydd, Huw ab Ifan, Robert Davies (Nantglyn), Robin ab Iorwerth, Rolant Huw (Graienyn), Dewi Wyn [o Eifion] [David Owen], Griffith William (Braichtalog), Goronwy Owen, John Thomas (Pentrefeidiog) [i.e. Pentrefoelas], M[organ] D[avies], Griffith Puw, Dafydd Jones ('Tailiwr'), William ab Edward ('o'r Bennar'), Thomas Edwards ['Twm o'r Nant'], Lewis Morris, Ieuan Llwyd [Brydydd], Rhys Llwyd [Pant-y-piod], Rolant [Rowland] Jones (Pandy) [Roli Penllyn], Hugh Jones (Llangwm), John Jones [Jac] (Glan y Gors) and W[illiam] Jones [Bardd Môn]; 'englynion' by several authors; material relating to persons and places in Merioneth.


A fragment of a manuscript giving pedigrees of Anglesey, Caernarvonshire, Denbighshire, Merioneth and March families. The manuscript can be compared with Sotheby MS C3 for arrangement, the maternal bias, and the size of the leaves.

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