Fonds GB 0210 MSTYCOCH - Tŷ Coch Manuscripts

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Tŷ Coch Manuscripts


  • [17 cent.]-[19 cent.] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

54 vols

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Edward Humphrey Owen (1850-1904), of Tŷ Coch, Caernarvon, was a book-collector and local historian. His interests led him to accumulate a large library mainly relating to Welsh matters.

Archival history

Some of the manuscripts were formerly in the possession of Jonathan Jones, surveyor of taxes, Caernarvon. See also file level descriptions.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from Edward Humphrey Owen's representative in 1910.

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Scope and content

A collection of manuscripts from the library of Edward Humphrey Owen, including pedigrees, wills and transcripts relating to North Wales; a poor rate assessment book, 1788; seventeenth and nineteenth century surveys of Caernarvonshire; material on ancient British history; the libretto of a comic opera dated [c. 1790]; collections of Welsh poetry; eighteenth century interludes; an account book of Peter Bailey Williams (1763-1836), 1815-1817; letters, 1887-1888, to Edward Humphrey Jones; an account of the National Eisteddfod held at Caernarfon, 1821; and other items.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 815-868.

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Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

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Language and script notes

English, Welsh, unless otherwise specified

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Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943).

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Rules and/or conventions used

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

June 2005.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943), and The Dictionary of Welsh Biography Down to 1940 (Oxford, 1959).

Archivist's note

This description was compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

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Physical storage

  • Text: NLW MSS 815-868.