- [1801x1935] / (Creation)
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Name of creator
Thomas Jones ('Taliesin o Eifion'), poet, was born in Llanystumdwy in 1820. In 1826 he and his family moved to Llangollen, where, following a period of schooling, Jones took up his father's profession of plumber and decorator. He showed an early aptitude for the measures of cynghanedd and became a prominent 'eisteddfodwr'. He submitted the winning awdl for the competition of the chair at Wrexham National Eisteddfod, 1876, but died before claiming his prize; the bardic chair was draped in black, and Thomas Jones consequently became known as 'Bardd y Gadair Ddu', the 'Poet of the Black Chair'. Jones's work 'Brwydr Crogen' is one of the earliest examples of metrical drama in the Welsh language.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Mrs Joseph Morgan ('Mair Taliesin'), daughter of Thomas Jones; Caerphilly; Presentation; 1935
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers, [1801x1876], of Thomas Jones ('Taliesin o Eifion') which include autograph poetry; the manuscript of Gweithiau Taliesin o Eifion (Bardd y Gadair Ddu) (ed. William Evans ('Wil Ifan')) (Wrecsam, 1922); correspondence, 1890-1922, relating to the publication of 'Taliesin o Eifion's works; material, [1876x1935], relating to the National Eisteddfod held at Wrexham, 1876; and transcripts of 'Taliesin o Eifion's poetry by his son, J. Llewelyn Jones, and others.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Arranged according to NLW reference numbers: NLW MSS 9615-9627.
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Conditions governing access
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Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961), pp. 155-6.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents.
Formerly 'Taliesin o Eifion' MSS 1-13.
Preferred citation: NLW MSS 9615-9627.
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Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Taliesin o Eifion, 1820-1876 -- Archives (Subject)
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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
May 2008 & May 2011.
Description compiled by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS and revised by Bethan Ifan. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953);