Fonds GB 0210 LLADOL - Llanfair and Brynodol Estate Records,

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Llanfair and Brynodol Estate Records,


  • 1365-1864 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.638 cubic metres (22 boxes, 2 volumes and 1 roll)

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Biographical history

The Griffith family of Brynodol, in the parish of Tudweiliog, Caernarfonshire, is descended from Hugh, a younger son of Griffith John Griffith (fl. 1510) of Cefn Amwlch in the neighbouring parish of Penllech. Brynodol descended in the family until another Hugh Griffith, who was succeeded in turn by his two daughters Frances (d. 1711, osp) and Mary (alive 1719).

Mary sold the Brynodol estate to John Griffith (c. 1697-1764) of Caernarfon, a kinsman, a grandson of Gaenor, one of her father's sisters. John Griffith had already inherited a considerable purchased estate from his uncle, Hugh Griffith (d. 1717) of Caernarfon. The Brynodol estate then descended within the family until at least John Griffith Wynn Griffith (1849-1900, osp).

The Griffith family of Llanfair is entirely independent from the Griffith family of Brynodol. Maurice Griffith of Plas Newydd (also known as Llwyn y Moel or Porthamal) in the parish of Llanedwen, Anglesey, was the first to live at Llanfair (also known as Llanfair-is-gaer) in the parish of Llanfair-is-gaer, Caernarfonshire, in 1602, after Plas Newydd was alienated to Sir Henry Bagnall following the non-payment of a mortgage. Later in the seventeenth century the Llanfair estate devolved on the Wynn family of Taltreuddyn by the marriage of Mary Griffith, grand-daughter and sole heir of Maurice Griffith, with Edward Wynn. In 1748, the Llanfair, Taltreuddyn and Brynodol estates were united by the marriage of Mary Wynn, another sole heir, and Hugh Griffith of Brynodol.

Archival history

It appears that all the early ministers' accounts were acquired by John Griffith of Brynodol following his appointment as Receiver General of North Wales and Chester in 1789.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Rev. R. Ll. Langford-James of St James's Vicarage, Edgbaston, Birmingham, in February 1941.

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Scope and content

Family and estate records of Griffith of Porthamal, Anglesey, and Llanfair, Caernarfonshire, Griffith of Brynodol, Caernarfonshire, and the associated families of Rowlands of Nant, Caernarfonshire, and Wynn of Taltreuddyn, Merionethshire. The estate records include rentals of the Llanfair estate, 1516-1669, the Brynodol estate, 1581-1751, the Cefnamwlch estate, 1630-1717, the Nant estate, 1702-1719, the Taltreuddyn estate, 1744-1848, the Llanfair and Brynodol estate, 1761-1832, and rentals from various other estates, 1615-1816; and deeds of the Porthamal and Llanfair estate, 1435-1673, the Brynodol (and later Llanfair and Brynodol) estate, 1564-1864, and the Taltreuddyn estate, 1664-1751. -- The archive also includes rentals of Crown rents in Anglesey, Caernarfonshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Merionethshire, 1558-1798, and ministers' accounts, 1365-1825; Caernarfon borough records, 1545-1783, including rentals of corporation property, lists of burgesses, and notes on the constitution of the borough and the appointment of officers; and a number of literary and historical manuscripts.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following sections: manuscripts, rentals, ministers' accounts, deeds, correspondence, estate and personal papers, Caernarfon borough records, and miscellaneous. The rentals are further arranged into their constituent estates, deeds are further arranged by their constituent land-owning families, and by place, and the estate and personal papers are further arranged by family, individual and subject.

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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.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

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Language and script notes

English, Latin

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Finding aids

Further details relating to manorial records within the archive can be accessed on-line from The National Archives Manorial Documents Register.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

A number of estate maps are in National Library of Wales, Map Collections. Further papers are in Caernarfon Record office.

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Publication note

Owens, B. G., 'The Llanfair and Bynodol Manuscripts, Deeds, and Documents', National Library of Wales Journal, vol. ii (1941-42), pp. 76-8.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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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

August 2001.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Stephen Benham.

Archivist's note

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Owens, B. G., 'The Llanfair and Bynodol Manuscripts, Deeds, and Documents', National Library of Wales Journal, vol. II (1941-42), Griffith, John Edwards, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (Wrexham, 1988 reprint);

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