Fonds GB 0210 PENPONT - Penpont Estate Records,

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Penpont Estate Records,


  • 1314-1871 / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.650 cubic metres (70 boxes, 1 volume)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

In 1660 Daniel Williams, son of the Rev. John Williams (1580-1657), a descendant of the Williams family of Abercamlais, Breconshire, built the Penybont mansion and founded the Penpont branch of the family. The estate then descended in the male line, each heir being called Penry. The last male heir was Penry Boleyne Williams who died unmarried in 1893. According to the 1873 return of owners of land, Penry Williams of Penpont owned an estimated 7,010 acres, all in Breconshire, with an estimated annual rental of £4,370.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Captain P.J. Murray in 1936, and by Mrs Josephine Murray, Penpont, Brecon, in October 1969. A group of 28 letters was purchased in October 1980.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Estate and family records of the Williams family of Penpont, Breconshire, mostly relating to the estate in Breconshire, including deeds, 1314-1871; rentals, 1769-1807; assessments of taxes (window, land, house and horse) in the hundreds of Merthyr and Devynnock, Breconshire, 1743-1787; and letters from members of the Williams family of Penpont, 1793-1828.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically by deposit.

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.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at NLW and HMC. The 28 letters purchased in 1980 remain uncatalogued.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further papers relating to the Penpont estate are Powys County Archives Office, B/D/ACA.

Related descriptions

Notes area


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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2002.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Mair James.

Archivist's note

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 1952); James, Brian, 'The Great Landowners of Wales in 1873', National Library of Wales Journal, XIV (1965-66);

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