Fonds GB 0210 MSLLANSTEPH - Llanstephan Manuscripts

Poetry A Cornish Dictionary, Theology, cerdd dafod, &c. Poetry, biblical history, &c., Lives of saints, The poetrical works of Lewis Glyn Cothi, Ieuan Brechfa and others Poetry, Llyvyr Jams Dwnn,

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Llanstephan Manuscripts


  • [early 13 cent.]-[1825x1827] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

200 volumes.

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Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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Scope and content

Manuscripts once held in the library of Plas Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire. The collection comprises mainly transcripts from medieval Welsh manuscripts such as the Red Book of Hergest, the Black Book of Carmarthen and the Red Book of Talgarth which include poetry, triads, pedigrees, arms, lives of saints, Brut y Brenhinedd, Brut y Tywysogion, the Laws of Hywel Dda, etc.; grammars and vocabularies; translations, mainly from Latin and English sources; proverbs; theological tracts; medical recipes; etc. The earliest of the manuscripts date from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries. Most of the manuscripts are in the hands of Moses and Samuel Williams, with other scribes including Dr John Davies, Mallwyd, Dr John David Rhys, William Maurice, 'Iaco ab Dewi', Edward Lhuyd and William Owen-Pughe.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged as Llanstephan MSS 1-200.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Access to the original manuscripts by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, Latin, English, Cornish.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, Vol. II Part II (London, 1903).

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Available on microfilm at the Library.

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Notes area


Formerly Shirburn Manuscripts.

Alternative identifier(s)

Virtua system control number


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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

December 2010.


  • English



The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, Vol. II Part II (London, 1903)

Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

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