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Genealogies of Welsh families and lists of the hundreds and commotes of Wales.


A fragment of a transcript of Gutun Owain's genealogies of Welsh families.

Achau ac amrywion

Genealogies of Welsh families, in several hands, with additional notes by William Maurice [d. 1680], Cefnybraich, Llansilin; a transcript of a Chirk charter, 1324; a Welsh vocabulary; two pen-and-ink sketches, one depicting Christ healing a cripple and the other depicting two men drinking.

Antiquarian interests: letters

This series comprises letters written to F. E. Llewellyn Jones answering his various enquiries, mostly into aspects of Welsh pedigrees, genealogy and history. There are also a few letters reflecting his interest in botany, conservation, linguistics, philology, the origin of Welsh words and place names, and aspects of the Catholic faith. Correspondents include public record offices, libraries, museums, universities, etc., and many individuals the most notable being Dr Michael Powell Siddons and Dr E. D. Jones, who were personally acquainted with F. E. Llewellyn Jones.

Arms and pedigrees,

A Welsh armorial, with indexes of family names and of ordinaries, extracted by C. F. Egerton Allen from Percy Enderbie, Cambria Trivmphans (London, 1661), together with Welsh pedigrees and arms from manuscript and printed sources, e.g., a manuscript among the papers of Dean Allen (i.e., James Allen, dean of St. Davids), a manuscript in the Pentypark Collection, a letter from Theophilus Jones, Brecon, to John Lloyd, dale and Mabws, 1809, etc.

Barddoniaeth a rhyddiaith,

  • Brogyntyn MS II.55 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].
  • File
  • [late 16 cent.]-[18 cent., first ½].
  • Part of Brogyntyn manuscripts

A composite manuscript of loose papers and fragments of manuscript volumes. It contains poetry and prose, mostly in Welsh, much of the poetry being addressed to the Owen family of Brogyntyn and Clenennau and other related families. Apart from a late-sixteenth century awdl by Wiliam Llŷn (ff. 57-58), the other items all belong between the first half of the seventeenth century and the first half of the eighteenth century.
Fragments apparently once part of books, some of which perhaps were never bound, are: a narrow folio of cywyddau and englynion by Mathew Owen, in the hand of Nathanael Jones (ff. 20-26), written not before 1656 (see ff. 24 verso-25), with autograph englynion added by Harri Howel (f. 20 verso) and by Nathanael Jones (f. 20 verso, 23); a folio manuscript containing cywyddau to Lewis Anwyl of Parc and his family, dated 1627-1636 (ff. 38-55), written by two good hands of the first half of the seventeenth century, one responsible for ff. 38-50 verso, the other ff. 51-55; a quarto manuscript with transcripts of poetry of the Gogynfeirdd (ff. 113-122; paginated 1-20), by a seventeenth-century hand similar to that of Morris Evans (cf. ff. 93-94, 123-141); pedigrees of Welsh royal lines, the Maurices of Clenennau, etc., in English (ff. 123-141; original foliation 1-12 survives), in the hand of Morris Evans (ff. 123-127 verso, 129-134 verso) and a second hand (ff. 128 recto-verso, 135-141); a narrow folio of canu brud attributed to Myrddin, Taliesin, etc. (ff. 178-186), written by Nathanael Jones, not before 1651 (ff. 182 verso, 183 verso 'aetatis suae a 21o Feb: 1650 27'); a folio manuscript of canu brud, mainly cywyddau, by Dafydd Llwyd and others (ff. 189-207), in a poor hand of the mid seventeenth century, probably that of Thomas Edwards to judge by pentrials on f. 196 verso, who refers to Tregeiriog (f. 199 verso) and 'Llanfylling fairings' (f. 207 verso); an octavo manuscript containing poems by Robin Clidro, etc., in a seventeenth or eighteenth century hand (ff. 210-219); and a folio manuscript of autograph cywyddau and englynion by Huw Morys, some addressed to William Owen and Sir Robert Owen (ff. 222-226 verso). Poetry written on loose papers includes autograph poems by Huw Morys (ff. 12-18), John Owens (ff. 59-71; f. 69 recto-verso may be his italic hand), Harri Howel (ff. 75-76 verso, 90 recto-verso), Owen Gruffydd (ff. 84-89, 230-231), William Phylip (ff. 97-98 verso), John Morgan, later vicar of Conwy (f. 101 recto-verso, the poem incomplete and anonymous, dated 1688, the hand his), Siôn Rhydderch, 1732 (ff. 104-105, 227-228), and Edward Lloyd, Brewis (f. 221 recto-verso). There are probable autograph poems by Edward Rowlant (ff. 72-74 verso, 79-80) and John Richard (f. 81), and possible autograph poems by 'J. Ll.' (f. 26 verso), Mathew Owen (ff. 77-78, 232 recto-verso), Siôn Roberts (ff. 91-92), Huw Cadwaladr (ff. 106-108) and 'R.C.' (f. 163). Other poetry is in the hands of Morris Evans (ff. 93-94) and 'Theo: Ro:' (ff. 152-154 verso). Also included is a letter, 1652, from the antiquary Meredith Lloyd to Thomas Vaughan, the alchemist and poet (ff. 1-3 verso), followed by a copy of Hanes Taliesin (ff. 5-10 verso). The 'Cywydd Marwnad i Mr William Owen o Borkynton' by Huw Morys, beginning 'Mae gwaedd oer lem Gweddw [yw'r wlad]', discussed in E. D. Jones, 'The Brogyntyn Welsh Manuscripts', National Library of Wales Journal, 7 (1951-2), 165-198 (pp. 186-189, 196-197), has not been found.

Barddoniaeth, achau a nodiadau,

A transcript by John Thomas ('Sion Wyn o Eifion') of cywyddau and other poems by Robin Ddu, Rhys Goch Eryri, Iolo Goch, Tudur Aled, Dafydd Gorlech, Dafydd Llwyd ap Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, Dafydd ap Hwlcyn ap Madog, Rhys Llwyd ap Rhys, Maredudd ap Rhys, Mathew Owen, Edward Morus and Sion Lleyn; the manuscript also contains triads, genealogies, 'Breiniau Gwŷr Arfon', 'Meddygon Myddfai', 'geirlyfr William Lleyn', etc.

Barddoniaeth, achau, etc.,

A composite manuscript lettered 'BARDDONIAETH &c.' on the spine. The volume, which contains 'englynion', 'carolau' and pedigrees, is written for the most part (ff. 1-52 verso and 75 verso-101 verso) by Wiliam Dafydd Llywelyn of Llangynidr (c. 1520-1606) (cf. NLW MS 15542B). Another hand is responsible for ff. 53- 75, but Wiliam Dafydd Llywelyn appears to have annotated this middle section. Folio 6 verso carries an eighteenth century list of payments, and folio 7 verso is blank. The contents are: ff. 1-2 verso, part of the story of 'Trystan ac Esyllt' (cf. 'englynion' 9 to 28 in Ifor Williams, 'Trystan ac Esyllt', The Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies V, pp. 118-21); ff- 3-5v, a religious carol beginning 'hanpych well y gaua[. . .] . . .', with each stanza ending 'ora tu pro nobys'; f. 6 recto-verso, 'englynion': one by Huw Arwestl beginning 'medru tewi weithie yes medria[d] [sic] gydwedd . . .', as well as three written in praise of the song-thrush by Dauydd llwyd Mathe, 1581, Dafudd Benwyn, and Wm Mydleton; f. 8 recto-verso, a short extract of religious prose beginning 'Jessv grist yn keidwad y godoedd o feirw y fyw . . .'; f. 8 verso, an 'englyn' 'pen ddarffo rifo y ryfic, ymgais . . .'; ff. 9-46, 'Dyma englyn[ion ] . . .', a series of 226 'englynion' based on proverbs and epigrams, the first beginning '[D]auparth gwaith ganwaith rag wynebdychryn . . .', 'per Tho[mas] ap Hughe de Ewyas', the epigram or proverb is rubricated oftener than not; ff. 46 verso-48, '[ ] englynion y datts', beginning 'dau .cc. a v. mil digwyn / ont dayfis . . .'; f. 48 recto-verso, five 'englynion' beginning 'Un sir ar bymtheg medd sain / lliwgalch . . .'; ff. 49-51, a series of nineteen 'englynion' recording the accession dates of the kings and queens of England between Henry II and Elizabeth I, beginning 'pymp deg pedwar teg myn tain / ywch ka[nt] . . .'; ff. 51 verso-52, eight stanzas beginning 'hawdd o beth y[w] nabod cwilsen . . .'; f. 52, two 'englynion' beginning 'mi a gaf y geisaf fal negeswr / dof . . .'; f. 52, a 'hir a thoddaid' beginning 'Rag Kythrel anfwin . . .'; f. 53, the six last lines of a carol ending 'am y fordd [sic] y gorfydd myned'; ff- 53-73, a long carol based on biblical and historical events, entitled 'Iacob 4 Glanhewch ych dwylaw bechadurieit a phurwch ych calonaw [sic] dauddyblug feddwl', beginning ' fal iroeddwn i n effrv . . .'; f. 73 verso, five stanzas beginning 'Dues wyn diwad . . .', with the following note accompanying the text 'ymofynnrvch am ddiwedd hyn yma yn well o rhyw goppi arall oscat vidd nid oedd ef yn cesio oddli ne ni fedrei Amendiwch y dywaetha fal hyn i odli os mwnwch'; f. 74 recto-verso, lines in the 'cywydd' metre beginning 'Rhown moliant gan tant bob didd . . .'; f. 74 verso, an 'englyn' based on Mat. [xxiv, 35.], beginning 'Nef a daear wfir o wall / a dderfydd . . .'; f. 75, an 'englyn' by Simwnt Vychan beginning 'Pumptheccant gwyddant y gost / a decwyth . . .'; f 75, two 'englynion' by Da[vid] Johns beginning 'Mil a hanner noder yn wiwdec cynnwys . . .'; f. 75 verso, three 'englynion' beginning 'pwy ywr mares garw a gyrydd myrain . . .'; ff. 76-80, a description of arms of Welsh nobles entitled 'Dysgrifiad arfey y bryttan[ied] o vryttys hyd heddiw'; ff. 80 verso- 82, 'Disgliriad [sic] pob gwlad yn neilltyedic o waith Einion ap gwawdrydd mewn englynion', beginning 'Gnawd yngwynedd fokyssedd eirey . . .', [ usually attributed to Aneurin Gwawdrydd]; f. 82 recto-verso, seven 'englynion' of a prophetic nature beginning 'pan welych yr ych mawr ychod / antyrys . . .'; f. 83, a short English prophecy beginning 'Take hyd of Seuen . . .'; f. 83, a list of characteristics attributed to twelve areas of Wales and the Marches in which they surpass others, beginning 'Pen Bonedd Gwynedd'; and ff. 83 verso-101 verso, a list of pedigrees of noble Welsh families entitled 'llyma Betigriw y bryttanied' beginning 'llywelyn ab Gryffydd ap ll ap lorwerth drwyndwn ap Owain gwynedd . . .', continuing f. 84 'llyma Iach bryttys', f. 85 'Rodri Mawr ap merfyn frych . . .', f. 85 verso 'Plant Owein Gwynedd', f. 93 'llyma Wahelyth Deheybarth', f. 94 'kedewen', f. 99 'Dyma arfav Rys ab Morys goch . . .', f. 100 verso 'llyma Iach bleddyn ab kynfyn;, f. 101 'llyma bedwar post prydain', f. 101 'llyma Iach yr arglwydd Rys', and f. 101 verso 'llyma Iach Gryffydd ab kynan' (incomplete).

William Dafydd Llywelyn and others.


  • 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.

Burlton Hall pedigree book,

  • NLW MS 23471E.
  • File
  • mid 17 cent.-1874 /

A volume compiled, c. 1846-1874, by Robert Chambre Vaughan, Burlton Hall, co. Salop [see DWB under Wynn (aft. Nanney, etc.) family of Maesyneuadd, Llandecwyn], containing pedigrees of families from whom he claimed descent, mostly Welsh or co. Salop, in particular those of Chambre of Burlton and Petton, and Vaughan of Burlton. Pasted or tipped into the volume are additional biographical, genealogical and heraldic documents and memoranda, mid-seventeenth cent.-1874, drawn from diverse manuscript and printed soruces, including certificates of baptism, marriage and burial and copies of monumental inscriptions, over a hundred emblazoned coats of arms, and letters, 1846-52, to Robert Chambre Vaughan, together with a list of sources and an index to the pedigrees (ff. 63-4).

Vaughan, Robert Chambre, 1796-1876

Cornish place-names

Memoranda relating to the topography of Cornwall; genealogical and historical references of Welsh interest; English and Welsh phrases; etc.

Cwrtmawr manuscripts

  • GB 0210 CWRTMSS
  • Fonds
  • 1543-1923 (accumulated [1871]-[1926])

Manuscript collections containing original and transcribed poetry and prose, 1543-[20th century]; religious works, 1611-1914; biographies, chronicles, archaeological and historical notes, works on travel, folklore, recipes, grammars, vocabularies and philological notes, 1673-1900; rent-rolls, parish registers, tithe account books, bidding books, minute books and registers of various societies, 1608-1863; pedigrees and genealogical notes, [17th century]-1871, commonplace books, [18th century]-1904, volumes of press-cuttings; manuscripts in the hand of J. H. Davies, including transcripts of and indexes to Welsh poetry, bibliographical notes, literary and legal extracts, pedigrees, biographical data and notes on place-names, 1891-1923; autograph letters from prominent Welsh literary figures, 1674-1921; autograph manuscripts of John Jones, Gellilyfdy, Dafydd Ellis of Criccieth, Eben Fardd (including diaries, 1836-1859), Peter Williams, D. Silvan Evans, Thomas Richards and Myrddin Fardd.

Davies, J. H. (John Humphreys), 1871-1926

David Jenkin's 'Glamorgan Collectanea'

  • NLW MS 7887C
  • File
  • [19 cent.]

'Ychydig o Hanes Morganwg, allan o Lyfr Ysgrifen y diweddar Barchedig Edward Gamage, Offeiriad Sant Athan, yn awr ymherchenogaeth Mr. John Spencer, o'r un Plwyf', with other Glamorgan material, including 'Cambrian Pedigrees, Together with An Account of the Different Manors within the County of Glamorgan and the names of the Proprietors thereof', etc.

Jenkin, David, fl. 1839

David Jones letter to Anthony Powell

A letter, dated 10-11 July 1967, from the artist and writer David Jones, Harrow, to the novelist [Anthony] Powell, mainly discussing Welsh genealogy and history. Jones also refers to the anniversary of his involvement in the battle of Mametz Wood, 10-11 July 1916, the subject of part 7 of his poem In Parenthesis (London, 1937) (f. 16 verso).
The letter contains references to the recent 'David Jones Special Issue' of Agenda, 5.1-3 (Spring-Summer 1967), Powell's television producer and director son Tristram, with whom Jones was acquainted, Kenneth Jackson, Saunders Lewis, and Jones's knowledge of Welsh (all f. 16), and the Eliseg Pillar inscription (f. 16 recto-verso).

Jones, David, 1895-1974

Drury arms

A display of the arms of Bridget and Ann, the daughters and coheirs of Sir William Drury. The 19 cent. notes include that Bridget married (2nd) Sir John Shaw of Eltham, Kent. Charles Shaw, their eldest son and heir (and godson of Charles II), married his cousin Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of Philip and Anne Harbord of Stanning Hall, Norfolk, and their daughter Elizabeth married King Gould, esq., whose son Charles Gould married Jane Morgan (1731-1797), heiress of Tredegar, and became Sir Charles Morgan of Tredegar.

Drury pedigree roll

Armorial pedigree roll showing the descent from Drury, "a Norman gent. came in with William ye Conquerour", to Elizabeth (d. 1788), wife of William Byron, lord Byron, and her cousins Sir Charles Gould Morgan (d. 1806) and Paston Gould (d. 1782) The roll originally concluded with the generation of Elizabeth's grandfather, Charles Shaw (godson of Charles II), but is continued in other hands to 1794.

Egerton Grenville Bagot Phillimore: Achau Cymreig

A volume containing a copy of Cardiff MS 59 made by Egerton Grenville Bagot Phillimore (1856-1937), antiquary, at various dates between 1886 and 1891. The copy ends on p. 75 of the original manuscript and the rest of the original manuscript was copied into another volume, now NLW MS 142B. Though the original manuscript is usually attributed to Thomas Jones (Twm Sion Cati) he was in fact dead in 1611, when the manuscript was written; proof of this is to be seen in an Exchequer Deposition 8 Jas I, Easter 13, where Jones's widow is described as 'Dame Johan Devereux nowe wife of Sir George Devereux, knt., late wife of Thomas Jones, gent.', the date of this entry being April 12 1610. Voluminous notes by Phillimore have been added to the copied manuscript. With NLW MS 142B.

Phillimore, Egerton, 1856-1937

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