Fonds GB 0210 MSJDIETWEN - John Davies, Ietwen, manuscripts,

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John Davies, Ietwen, manuscripts,


  • [1821x1899]. (Creation)

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Extent and medium

79 vols.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

John Davies (1804-1884), Independent minister, linguist and commentator, was born in the parish of Llanarth. Accepted into Newtown College in 1822, he mastered Hebrew, Aramaic and Syrian as well as the customary Greek, Latin and divinity. He was chairman of the Union of Welsh Independents and wrote frequently to the periodicals of the time. He also excelled as a translator and commentator and published, amongst other works, Y Proffywdi Byrion, 1881, the translations Llyfr Coheleth and Llyfr Hosea, a series of lectures entitled Horae Petrinae, and a collection of his poetry, Flores Poetici.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by Mr J. Davies Jones, Beulah, Cardiganshire, descendant of John Davies, in 1933.

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Scope and content

A collection from the library of John Davies, much of which comprises correspondence and sermons, but also includes translations of segments of the New Testament, with commentaries; lectures; poetry; essays; a commonplace book; an account book; almanacs; miscellaneous papers, notes, etc.

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System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 8613-8691.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

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Language of material

  • Welsh
  • English

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Language and script notes

Welsh, English, unless otherwise specified.

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Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961).

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See also NLW MSS 14816-8C.

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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

November 2005.


  • English



Archivist's note

This description was compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS;

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  • Text: John Davies, Ietwen Manuscripts.
  • Text: NLW MSS 8682-8684A.