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Davies, Padarn, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 PADIES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Padarn Davies Papers

Short Title: Davies, Padarn, papers

Creation date(s): 1817-1918

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.03 cubic metres (13 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Padarn Davies


Administrative/Biographical history: John Davies (John Padarn, or Paternus, Gildas Davies, fl. 1849-1874) was a Roman Catholic priest and teacher. He was ordained in Rome in 1852 for the diocese of Newport and Menevia (St Davids), returning to Britain in 1853, staying until 1855 at the Catholic St Peters College, Prior Park, Bath, where he had previous connections. By 1857, he was parish priest of St Michaels, Brecon. Relations with his bishop appear to have been strained, and a dispute seems to have run to litigation c.1864. Between 1863 and 1874, he returned to the Aberystwyth district, where he had been in the 1840s. David Bernard Davies (1833-c.1903), his brother, was also a priest, studying at Douai, Louvain and Trinity College Dublin; from 1862 he was a clergyman in the Church of England, as curate in Llantarnam and Newport, Monmouthshire, 1873-1875, and Braunton and Heanton-Punchardon, Devon, 1877-1884, as rector of Fisherton-Delamere, Wiltshire, 1884-1892, and chaplain of Gordon Boys' Home, Woking, 1899. The Rev. John Morgan (fl. 1894-1918) was a nephew of the Rev. D. B. Davies; his father was Edward Morgan of Meolcerni, Llanfihangel Genau'r-glyn, Cardiganshire (fl. 1868-1898).


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of John Davies, mainly ecclesiastical material and personal papers, 1846-1881, and papers acquired by him, including personal papers of Rev. D. B. Davies, Edward Morgan, 1868-1898, and Rev. John Morgan, 1894-1918; a notebook describing analysis of the chalybeate water at Aberystwyth, attributed to Richard Williams, an Aberystwyth surgeon, 1817; and a Cefncoedycymer policeman's patrol book, 1869-1870, including the exhumation of a body in connection with the defence of Dr William Price, charged with manslaughter.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged in chronological order, and numbered NLW MSS 19910-19922.

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 catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Source unknown.


Related material: The National Library of Wales also holds a draft essay by Dr Richard Williams on parturition among the poor of north Cardiganshire, c.1837 (NLW MS 12165D, cf. Emyr Wyn Jones, 'Medical glimpse of early nineteenth century Cardiganshire', NLW Journal, vol. 14 (1966), pp. 253-275), and a copy of his published An analysis of the medicinal waters of Llandrindod... (1817).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Includes papers acquired by John Padarn Gildas Davies which pre-date him, and other papers which probably post-date him.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW Project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Padarn Davies Papers; Davies, John, Hanes Cymru (1990); Dafoe, Stephen, 'The Independent Order of Good Templars', Templar History Magazine, vol. 1 no. 2, 2002; Crockford's Clerical Directory (London, 35th ed., 1903).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Catholic Church | Wales | Wrexham
Davies, David Bernard, | 1833-ca. 1903 | Archives
Davies, John Padarn Gildas, | fl. 1849-1874 | Archives
Mineral waters | Wales | Aberystwyth
Morgan, Edward, | of Moelcerney | Archives
Morgan, John, | of Moelcerney | Archives
Police | Wales | Breconshire
Schools | England | Bath
Williams, Richard, | 1796-1856 | Archives

Personal names
Davies , David Bernard , 1833-ca. 1903
Davies , John Padarn Gildas , fl. 1849-1874
Morgan , Edward , of Moelcerney
Morgan , John , of Moelcerney
Price , William , 1800-1893
Williams , Richard , 1796-1856

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