File NLW MS 24051F. - Jane Williams (Ysgafell) papers.

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NLW MS 24051F.


Jane Williams (Ysgafell) papers.


  • [1824]-1886 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

113 ff. with insertions.

Placed in melinex sleeves within ringed box at NLW.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Archival history

Presumably inherited by Eleanor Marsh Williams, Hereford, Jane Williams's joint executrix. Sold at auction in Suffolk, [early 21 cent.], from the contents of a private house in that county.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Richard M. Ford Ltd, Antiquarian Bookseller; London; Purchase; November 2013; 006676462.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers, [1824]-1886, of Jane Williams (Ysgafell), including poetry, correspondence, items of prose and other miscellaneous papers.
The papers include poems by Jane Williams, some holograph, dated 1842-1867 (ff. 1-31), apparently unpublished apart from 'The Leek' (f. 6; Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1.3 (1846), 356-357), 'A Celtic Tradition from Cornwall of a Funeral among the "Small People"' (ff. 14-19; Jane Williams, Celtic Fables, Fairy Tales, & Legends... (London, 1862), pp. 37-40) and 'Lines to the Welsh Harp' (f. 21; Jane Williams, Literary Remains of the Rev. Thomas Price Carnhuanawc, 2 vols (Llandovery, 1854-5), II (1855), 412-413); correspondence, [1824]-1886, including letters (and a copy letter) to Jane Williams, [1824]-1883 (ff. 34-38, 42-43), letters from Jane Williams, 1843-1884 (ff. 39-41, 44), and letters to her niece (and executrix) Eleanor Marsh Williams, 1884-1886, mainly relating to her estate (ff. 44-48); family memoranda, genealogical, heraldic and other notes, in several hands, concerning the Williams and related families (ff. 49-92, 108-109), including designs of coats of arms for the Marsh family and for Wales, [1840s] (ff. 69-70), and a pedigree by Jane Williams, 1826 (f. 92); transcripts, 1826-1870, of various items of poetry and prose relating to Jane Williams's ancestor, the Rev. Henry Williams, and to his home at Ysgafell, Montgomeryshire, in the hands of Jane Williams, her father David Williams, brother Henry David Williams and cousin Mary Ann Hunter Williams (ff. 93-107), and a few miscellaneous prose items (ff. 110-113).

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System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW as follows: poetry; correspondence; genealogical and heraldic notes; prose.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

For further letters of Jane Williams see NLW MS 1895E, NLW, Aberpergwm Estate Records 272-275 and NLW, Glansevern Estate Records 3876-3880; for research papers relating to Jane Williams, including negative photostst copies of some further poems, see NLW, Maxwell Fraser Papers CB/27-28.

Related descriptions

Publication note

ff. 38, 93-107: Jane Williams, 'An account of Henry Williams of Ysgafell', in Collections Historical & Archaeological Relating to Montgomeryshire, 4 (1871), 169-180.

Publication note

Gwyneth Tyson Roberts, Jane Williams (Ysgafell) and Nineteenth-century Welsh Identity (Aberystwyth University thesis, 2015)

Notes area


Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 24051F.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2014.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones.

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