Fonds GB 0210 MSWIGFAIR - Wigfair manuscripts

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Wigfair manuscripts


  • [16 cent., second ½]-[1909x1925] (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

113 volumes.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

The Lloyd family appear to have resided at Wigfair since at least the time of Robert ap Maredudd ap David Lloyd of Wigfair (fl. 1549-1562). Howel Lloyd (c. 1681-1729) of Wigfair married Phoebe Lloyd (d. 1760), heiress of the Lloyd family of Hafodunos.

The Lloyd family of Hafodunos was originally unrelated to the Lloyd family of Wigfair. Cynwrig ap Bleddyn (?fl. early 15 cent) appears to have been the first to have been described as of Hafodunos, and his grandson, David Lloyd (?fl. late 15th cent) appears to have been the first of his family to be called Lloyd. Hafodunos passed from father to son for a further eight generations, to Hedd Lloyd (d. c. 1739). He was suceeded by his daughter Phoebe (d. 1760), the widow of Howel Lloyd (c. 1681-1729) of Wigfair, a family that appear to have resided at Wigfair since at least the time of Robert ap Maredudd ap David Lloyd (fl. 1549-1562). The Lloyd family of Wigfair and Hafodunos lasted two generations before coming to an end with co-heiresses. One, Dorothea Lloyd, who appears to have inherited Hafodunos, married the Rev. Thomas Clough (1756-1814), rector of Denbigh, a descendant of the Clough family of Plas Clough. Their son, Rev. Thomas Hugh Clough, sold Hafodunos to Samuel Sandbach of Liverpool in 1830. The other heiress, Mary, who appears to have inherited Wigfair, married the Rev. J.C. Potter who assumed the surname Conway. Later members of the family styled themselves Lloyd Conway.

Name of creator

Biographical history

John Lloyd ('The Phillosopher') was the eldest child of Howel and Dorothea Lloyd of Wigfair. He graduated to the Bar from the Middle Temple in 1781 and was made a Bencher in 1811. He served as member of parliament for Flintshire from 1797 to 1799. John Lloyd possessed a library of over ten thousand books, manuscripts, maps and scientific equipment. He corresponded extensively with some of the most notable scientists, philosophers and writers of his day, including Joseph Banks, William Herschel, Thomas Pennant, Hester Lynch Piozzi and Gwallter Mechain.

Name of creator

Biographical history

The union of the Lloyd families of Hafodunos and Wigfair took place with the marriage of Phoebe Lloyd, the heiress of Hafodunos, and Howel Lloyd (d. 1729) of Wigfair. Their second son, also called Howel (d. 1783), became the heir of the combined estates; he married Dorothea Conway of Ruthin. Hafodunos was sold in 1830.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Colonel H. C. Lloyd Howard; Wigfair; Purchase; 1926-1927.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

A collection consisting mainly of the manuscripts, correspondence and other papers, [16 cent., second ½]-[1909x1925], of the Lloyd family of Hafodunos, Denbighshire and Wigfair, Flintshire, including a considerable amount of correspondence to and from John Lloyd ('The Philosopher'), one of the most notable members of the family. The collection also includes correspondence of members of the Wynn family of Gwydir, the Clough family of Plas Clough and Hafodunos, the Holland family of Berw, the families of Carreglwyd, and the Rev. Richard Howard, Denbigh (matters relating to lead, iron and mineral resources in Flintshire); together with Hafodunos and Wigfair rentals and accounts and accounts relating to lead and copper mines in North Wales.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 12401-12513.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • Breton
  • English
  • French
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Latin, Welsh, Greek, French, Italian, Hebrew, Portuguese, Breton.

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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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

See also NLW, Wigfair Estate Records.

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Notes area


Title based on contents of fonds.


Formerly known as Wigfair 1-113.

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Description identifier

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

April 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, 18 Jan. 2010; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography WWW site, viewed 18 Jan. 2010; Archifau Cymru=Archives Wales WWW site, viewed 19 Jan. 2010; Archives Hub WWW site, viewed 1 April 2010;

Archivist's note

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

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