- [14 cent.]-[early 20 cent.] (Creation)
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Name of creator
Sir John Williams (1840-1926), royal physician, president of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and chief founder of the National Library of Wales, was born in Gwynfe, Carmarthenshire. His private library included important manuscripts from the estate of Peniarth, Merionethshire. It was Sir John who, amongst others, pioneered the setting up of a Welsh hospital in South Africa during the Boer War. Amongst the many honours bestowed upon him during his lifetime, he was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1894.
A large number of the manuscripts were purchased in March 1895 from the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), bibliophile; in addition, at least forty manuscripts in the series derive from the collection of Egerton Grenville Bagot Phillimore (1856-1937), scholar, and a further twelve or so manuscripts formerly belonged to the Rev. John Williams, Llanrwst (1760-1826).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Sir John Williams; Plas Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire; Donation; 1907.
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Scope and content
A collection of four hundred and ninety-one manuscripts from the library of Sir John Williams, Plas Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 1-462, 471-491, 493-500.
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Usual copyright laws apply.
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- Williams, John, 1840-1926 -- Archives (Subject)
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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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