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Fisher, John, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 JOHHER

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: John Fisher Manuscripts

Short Title: Fisher, John, manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1757-1934 (accumulated 1757-1934)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.353 cubic metres (11 boxes, 14 drawers)

Name of creator(s): John Fisher


Administrative/Biographical history: John Fisher (1862-1930), Welsh scholar, was born on 5th January 1862, at Cicoll, Llandybie, Carmarthenshire, the eldest son of Edward and Mary Fisher. He was educated at Llandeilo-Talybont (Pontarddulais) National School, Llandovery School, and St David's College, Lampeter, where he graduated B.A. in 1884 and B.D. in 1891. In 1901, he became rector of Cefn, near St. Asaph, and librarian of the Cathedral Library. In 1916, he became Canon of the Cathedral, and its Chancellor in 1927. He was the Welsh examining Chaplain to Archbishop A. G. Edwards in 1921 and Welsh examiner at St David's College, Lampeter, 1905-1909. From 1917, he was a member of the governing body of the Church in Wales. He served as the general secretary of the Cambrian Archaeological Association, 1914-1917, having been a member since 1899; he was also editor of Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1914-1919; he was elected FSA in 1918, and became the vice-president of the Cambrian Archaeological Association in 1925. He died on 9th May 1930. David Richard Thomas (1833-1916), cleric and historian, was born in 1833. He was the Rector of Llandrinio, 1892-1916, and was appointed Canon of St. Asaph, 1881, and Archdeacon of Montgomery in 1866. He was the Chairman of the Cambrian Archaeological Association Committee and editor of Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1875-1889 and 1884-1888, to which he contributed regularly. He died on 11th October 1916. The Rev. E. J. Fisher of Meifod (fl. 1930s) may have been a relative of John Fisher's. He left Ruthin for Cefn on 3 April 1901.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of John Fisher, including undated notebooks bearing miscellaneous notes; edited manuscripts of Kynniver Llith a Barn, 1931, and many other lists, catalogues and indexes, including indexes to Folk-lore of Carmarthen, 1895, History of the Gwydir Family, 1927, the Cymmrodor, Volumes 33-40, the Transactions of the Cymmrodorion Society, 1924-1931 and Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1901-1922; 1923-1926; addresses 1904-1916; miscellaneous press-cuttings, 1888-1928; press-cuttings relating to him, 1891-1928; St David's College, Lampeter, examination papers 1884, 1905-1908; D. R. Thomas papers, 1833-1916; and Rev. E. J. Fisher letters and manuscripts, 1932-1934; and miscellaneous manuscripts, 1757-1932.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: manuscripts of John Fisher; manuscripts and papers of Rev. E. J. Fisher, Meifod; D. R. Thomas manuscripts; and miscellaneous manuscripts.

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 on-line from:

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded.



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 Manuscripts of Chancellor John Fisher (nd); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Fisher, E. J., | Archives
Fisher, John, | 1862-1930 | Archives
Thomas, David Richard, | 1833-1916 | Archives

Personal names
Fisher , E. J.
Fisher , John , 1862-1930
Thomas , David Richard , 1833-1916

Corporate names
St. David's College (Lampeter, Wales)


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