Fonds GB 0210 MSROBSN - Robinson manuscripts

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Robinson manuscripts


  • 1807-1881 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

3 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Thomas Bevan (Caradawc or Caradawc y Fenni), antiquary, was born in Talybont, Breconshire. While living and working in London, Bevan became acquainted with a number of Welsh literatti and immersed himself in the Welsh literary scene. On his return to Wales, Bevan settled in Monmouthshire and, in 1833, was appointed secretary of the Abergavenny Cymreigyddion Society (Cymdeithas Cymreigyddion y Fenni). Despite a scant literary output, Bevan was a capable poet in his own right and also won the essay prize at the Abergavenny Cymreigyddion Eisteddfod of 1835. He resiged his secretarial position in 1839 but continued to contribute industriously to the Society and it is this unstinting labour which ensured not only the long-standing success of the Abergavenny Cymreigyddion Society but also of the eisteddfodau held under its auspices.

Archival history

The volumes were handed down to Thomas Bevan's granddaughter, the late Lady Harriett Agnes Robinson, Lady Mayoress of Cardiff, 1913-1914, before being presented to NLW by Lady Harriett's son.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mr R. G. Robinson, CBE, JP, FRSH, Lord Mayor of Cardiff, 1947-1949, great-grandson of Thomas Bevan; Cardiff; Donation; 1964.

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Scope and content

Volumes compiled by Thomas Bevan (Caradawc or Caradawc y Fenni), 1807-1881, which comprise an album and two scrapbooks of annotated autographs, photographs and engravings, printed matter, press cuttings, etc. The material is largely of Welsh literary and musical interest.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 12353-12355.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, English.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

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Title based on contents of fonds.


Formerly known as Robinson 1-3.

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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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2010.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Y Bywgraffiadur Ar-lein viewed via WWW, 17 March 2010; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography WWW site, viewed 26 March 2010.

Archivist's note

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

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