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National Library of Wales
Davies, George M. Ll., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 GEOIES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: George M. Ll. Davies Papers

Short Title: Davies, George M. Ll., papers

Creation date(s): 1826-1964 (mainly 1900-1947)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.303 cubic metres (10 boxes, 2 parcels, 3 rolls, 4 volumes)

Name of creator(s): George M. Ll. Davies


Administrative/Biographical history: George Maitland Lloyd Davies (1880-1949) (name changed from G. M. Temple Davies), a Calvinistic Methodist minister, was born in Liverpool, the son of John Davies, a tea merchant, and his wife Gwen, the daughter of John Jones (1796-1857) of Tal-y-sarn, Caernarfonshire, the celebrated Methodist preacher. In 1913, George Davies left his job as the manager of the Wrexham branch of the Bank of Liverpool to become secretary of the Welsh Town Planning and Housing Trust. In 1914, he and Richard Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog formed Fellowship of Reconciliation (Cymdeithas y Cymod), a Christian society to promote peace. They published a monthly periodical called Y Deyrnas, 1916-1919. Davies married Leslie Eleanor Royde-Smith in 1916, and they had one child, Jane Hedd. Davies was imprisoned several times, 1917-1919, as a conscientious objector. In 1923, he was elected as MP for the University of Wales as a Christian Pacifist. He was not returned in the next election, and in 1926 he was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Wales. He was minister of the churches at Tywyn and Maethlon, Merionethshire, 1926-1930. He spent the following years working among the unemployed in Monmouthshire and Glamorganshire. In 1932, he moved to the Quaker settlement at Maes-yr-Haf in the Rhondda. The Welsh National Pacifist Society was established in 1937, with Davies as president. A pamphlet was published to coincide with the launching, titled Ymorthodwn a rhyfel (We reject war). He retired to Dolwyddelan, Caernarfonshire, in 1946.


Scope and content/abstract: Diaries etc, 1903-1930; sermons; addresses and articles, 1916-1948; correspondence, notes and articles relating to penal reform, 1907-1917, Ireland, 1920-1924, education, 1925-1931, reparations, 1926-1931, Tom Nefyn Williams, 1926-1931, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1916-1947; poetry, 1900-1947; genealogical and miscellaneous notes and family papers, 1884-1926; articles and addresses by various authors, 1903-1949; letters to and from George M. Ll. Davies, other members of the family and others, 1826-1964.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: diaries etc.; sermons; addresses, articles etc.; penal reform; Ireland; education; reparations; Tom Nefyn Williams; The Fellowship of Reconciliation; poetry; genealogical notes and memoranda; miscellaneous notes and extracts; certificates; articles, addresses etc. by various authors; miscellanea; letters to George M. Ll. Davies; letters from George M. Ll. Davies; letters to Gwen Davies; miscellaneous letters; letter books of John Davies; Christmas cards and visiting cards; printed matter; and press-cuttings.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogues can be accessed on-line from:

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Library of Wales by Mrs George M. Ll. Davies, Dolwyddelan, 1951 (NLW, Annual report, 1950-51, p. 39).


Related material: The National Library of Wales also holds the papers of his brother, John Glyn Davies (1870-1953), a group of papers purchased (1936-1938) from another brother, Captain A. Stanley Davies, and a group of letters, c.1900-1944, mainly from George M. Ll. Davies to Captain Davies (NLW annual report, 1960-61, p. 25).


Note: Title supplied from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW Schedule of George M. LL. Davies Manuscripts and Papers; NLW annual report, 1960-1961; Dictionary of Welsh biography down to 1940 (1959); Dictionary of Welsh biography, 1941-1970 (2001).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Clergy | Wales | Diaries
Education | Wales
Irish question
Pacifism | Societies, etc.
Pacifists | Diaries
Pacifists | Wales

Personal names
Davies , George M. Ll. (George Maitland Lloyd) , b. 1880
Davies , John , tea merchant
Jones , D. Lloyd (David Lloyd) , 1843-1905
Jones , John , 1796-1857
Tom Nefyn , 1895-1958

Corporate names
Fellowship of Reconciliation


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