Fonds NLW MSS 9615-9627. - Taliesin o Eifion Manuscripts,

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NLW MSS 9615-9627.


Taliesin o Eifion Manuscripts,


  • [1801x1935] / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

13 vols.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

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.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mrs Joseph Morgan ('Mair Taliesin'), daughter of Thomas Jones; Caerphilly; Presentation; 1935

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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.

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System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW reference numbers: NLW MSS 9615-9627.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio รข Deddf Gwarchod Data 1998 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • Welsh
  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, English.

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Finding aids

Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961), pp. 155-6.

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Title based on contents.


Formerly 'Taliesin o Eifion' MSS 1-13.


Preferred citation: NLW MSS 9615-9627.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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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.


  • English



Archivist's note

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);

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  • Text: NLW MSS 9615-9627.