- 1441, 1570-1888 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.115 cubic metres (5 boxes, 6 rolls, 1 volume)
Name of creator
David (alive 1436), third son of Jevan or John, third son of John ap Jevan Kemeys, married Cecil, daughter and heir of Llewelyn ap Evan ap Llewelyn ap Cynfrig of Cefnmabli. The Kemeys family of Cefnmabli descended from Lewis, their eldest son, while the Kemeys family of Faendre in Monmouthshire descended from Jenkin, the younger son. The Cefnmabli estate remained in the hands of the Kemeys family until the death, unmarried, of Charles Kemeys in 1735.
He was succeeded by his sister Jane who married the Rev. John Tynte (d. 1710), 2nd baronet, of Halswell in Somerset, and rector of Goathurst. They were succeeded in turn by their three sons, Halswell Tynte (1705-30), 3rd baronet, of Halswell and Cefnmabli, whose two daughters died young, Rev. John Tynte (1707-1740, d. unm.), 4th baronet and rector of Goathurst, and Charles Kemeys Tynte (1710-1785, dsp.), 5th baronet.
Charles was succeeded by his niece Jane Hassell (1738-1824), only surviving child of Charles's sister Jane Tynte (1708-41) and her husband (m. 1737) Ruishe Hassell (d. 1749), a major in the Royal Horse Guards. Jane Hassell married Col. John Johnson of Glaiston in Rutland and Burhill, Surrey, in 1765. On his wife's succession in 1785 he changed his name to John Johnson Kemeys-Tynte (d. 1795). They were succeeded by their son Colonel Charles Kemeys Kemeys-Tynte (b. 1788) of Halswell and Cefnmabli, who was succeeded by his son Charles John Kemeys-Tynte (b. 1800), Lieutenant-Colonel of the Glamorgan militia and MP for West Somerset 1832-1837 and Bridgwater 1847-1865. He married Elizabeth, daughter and coheir of Thomas Swinnerton of Butterton Hall, Staffordshire, in 1822, and was succeeded by his son Charles Kemeys-Tynte (b. 1822), colonel of the Somerset militia.
Cefn Mabli remained in the hands of the Kemeys Tynte family until 1923.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Purchased by NLW in 1949.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Estate and family records of the Kemeys and Kemeys-Tynte families of Cefnmabli, Monmouthshire, including surveys, valuations, rentals, and accounts, 1570-[early 19 cent.]; probate records, deeds, and legal papers, 1586-[1850s]; geneaological papers, 1694-[mid-18 cent.]; and correspondence, 1642-1888. The main interest of this archive lies in the correspondence relating to political events and affairs, especially for the late seventeenth century. The archive also includes a survey of the estates of Henry, earl of Pembroke, in Glamorgan and Monmouthshire, 1570, and a rental of the estate of the regicide Henry Marten, [c. 1652].
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
All records deposited at NLW have been retained.
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged chronologically into the following sections: surveys and valuations; rentals; accounts; probate records; deeds, documents and maps; legal papers; genealogical and personal papers; and correspondence.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
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Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Further details relating to manorial records within the archive can be accessed online from The National Archives Manorial Documents Register.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds.
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Rules and/or conventions used
This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this record: Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (Londonm, 2 vols, 1872) vol. ii; Clark, George T., Limbus Patrum (London, 1886); Complete Peerage (London, 8 vols, 1887-98) vol. iv, Burke's Extinct Baronetcies (London, 1838);