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W. Evans George and Sons (solicitors) collection of Brigstocke family deeds

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WGEVANS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: W. Evans George and Sons (Solicitors) Collection of Brigstocke family deeds

Short Title: W. Evans George and Sons (solicitors) collection of Brigstocke family deeds

Creation date(s): 1496-1922

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.515 cubic metres (18 boxes)

Name of creator(s): W. Evans George and Sons (Solicitors)


Administrative/Biographical history: W. Evans George and Sons, a solicitors firm based in Newcastle Emlyn, Cardiganshire, dealt with the estates of the Brigstocke family of Llechdynny, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, and Blaenpant, Cardiganshire, until 1912. The original residence of the Brigstocke family in Wales was Llechdwnni in the parish of Llandefaelog, Carmarthenshire. The reversion of the Llechdwnni estate was sold by Morris Bowen to John Brigstocke (1604-1640) for £528. His great-grandson, William Brigstocke (1686-1725), acquired the Blaen-pant estate in the parish of Llandygwydd, Cardiganshire, through his marriage to Elizabeth Jenkins of Blaen-pant and Carrog, Cardiganshire. Their son, William Brigstocke (1708-1751) of Blaen-pant and Llechdwnni, married Mary, heiress of Francis Lloyd of Glyn, Carmarthenshire, in 1739. Owen's son was William Owen Brigstocke (1761-1831), of Blaenpant, Llechdwnni and Gellidywyll. He inherited the Gellidywyll estate in Cenarth, Carmarthenshire, in 1795, from Captain Thomas Lewes. Gellidywyll remained a seat of the family until the latter part of the nineteenth century, when it was sold to the Earl of Cawdor. William Owen Brigstocke (1784-1861), son of William Owen Brigstocke, died without issue, and the estate passed to his nephew, another William Owen Brigstocke (1831-1900), of Blaenpant. His heir, Augustus Brigstocke (1854-1930), sold the Blaenpant estate in the early twentieth century. Augustus' heir was Gwilym Owen Brigstocke. Llechdwnni was inherited by Augustus Henry Brigstocke, grandson of William Owen Brigstocke (1761-1831). Augustus died without issue in 1909, and devised Llechdwnni to his sister, Isabella Fegan who sold the estate. The family moved to Dyffryn, The Parade, Carmarthen, and established a company, Brigstocke & Son, wine and spirit merchants.


Scope and content/abstract: Records relating to the Brigstocke family, including deeds of properties in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire prior their acquisition by the Brigstockes, 1496-1889; deeds and documents of members of the Brigstocke family, 1655-1912; miscellaneous deeds, documents and papers relating to the Brigstocke family and lands in Carmarthenshire, including the Dolhaidd estate, 1846-1892, Cenarth, 1741-1838, and Llandyfaelog and Kidwelly, 1772-1833; legal papers, 1751-1775; and deeds and documents collected by W. Evans George relating to other estates, including: papers of the Lewes family of Gellidywyll, mostly bills and receipts, 1741-1792; draft deeds of W. Evans George for property in the Lower Teifi Valley, Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire, 1896-1922; sale and account books of W. Evans George and Sons, 1863-1884; printed material, 1837-1925; papers concerned with local elections in Cardiganshire, 1741-1937; weekly account book of the surveyor of the South Wales Highway for Llanfihangel-ar-arth, 1866-1873; records of the Court of Petty Sessions, Penrhiw-pal, Cardiganshire, 1903-1927; and records of the Newcastle Emlyn Town Improvement Committee, 1903-1906.


Language/scripts of material: English, early deeds in Latin

System of arrangement: The archive is divided into two main groups, deeds and documents, and papers. The first group is divided into five sub-sections: deeds, etc., of properties before their acquisition by the Brigstockes; deeds, etc., of properties after their acquisition by the Brigstockes; miscellaneous deeds, etc., relating to the Brigstockes; miscellaneous deeds which have no apparent connection with the Brigstockes; and draft deeds of W. Evans George and Sons relating to properties in the lower Teifi valley. The second main group is divided into four sub-sections: papers of the Brigstocke family; legal papers in a dispute between Owen Brigstocke and John Jennings; papers of the Lewes family of Gellydywyll; and papers of W. Evans George.

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 and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by W. Evans George and Sons, Solicitors, Newcastle Emlyn, 1966, 1968 and 1969.


Related material: Further material relating to the Brigstocke family is Carmarthenshire Archives Service, EG/Brigstocke, and National Library of Wales, Brigstocke Deeds and Documents, Brigstocke Collection, and Carmarthenshire Archives Service, 21492 Campbell.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, W. Evans George & Sons Schedules, 1987.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Brigstocke family, | of Blaenpant and Llechdwny | Archives
Deeds | Wales | Carmarthenshire
Deeds | Wales | Pembrokeshire
Local government | Wales | Newcastle Emlyn
Roads | Wales | Pembrokeshire
Solicitors | Wales | Ceredigion | Archives

Personal names
Brigstocke family , of Blaenpant and Llechdwny
Lewes family , of Gellidywyll

Corporate names
Blaenpant Estate (Wales)
Dolhaidd Estate (Wales)
Gellidywyll Estate (Wales)
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Cardiganshire). | Divisional Courts
Llechdwnni Estate (Wales)
W. Evans George and Sons

Blaen-pant (Wales)
Cardiganshire (Wales)
Carmarthenshire (Wales)
Kidwelly (Wales)
Llanfihangel-ar-arth (Wales)
Llechdwnni (Wales)
Newcastle Emlyn (Wales)
Pembrokeshire (Wales)

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