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Edwinsford estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 EDWORD

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Edwinsford Estate Records

Short Title: Edwinsford estate, records

Creation date(s): 1411-1863

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.667 cubic metres(23 boxes, 1 roll, 1 bundle)

Name of creator(s): Edwinsford estate


Administrative/Biographical history: The Williams family of Edwinsford, also known as Rhydodin, claimed descent from Hywel Dda and Rhodri Mawr, and through Ellen, wife of Llewelyn ap Phylip, from Henry I of England. In common with many other Welsh landed gentry, the family married into other leading Welsh houses, such as the Morgans of Tredegar and the Vaughans of Golden Grove. Through such a marriage in 1600 the family acquired the Llether Cadfan estate in Carmarthenshire.
The estate then descended in direct male line until the death without issue of Nicholas Williams in 1745: the estate then passed to his brother, Thomas Williams. He married firstly, Arabella, daughter and co-heiress of John Vaughan of Court Derllys, Carmarthenshire. Arabella died without issue and Thomas married secondly, Anne, daughter of William Singleton of London. Their eldest daughter Bridget married Robert Bankes Hodgkinson of Overton and also of Edwinsford in right of his wife. They died without issue and the estate passed to Thomas's second daughter, Arabella, who had married Sir James Hamlyn, 1st Bart., of Clovelly Court, Devon, therefore uniting the estates of Edwinsford and Clovelly.
Sir James died in 1811 and was succeeded by his only surviving son, James, who took on the arms and surname of Williams after the death of his mother in 1797. On his death in 1829 the estate passed to his eldest son, Sir James Hamlyn Williams (1790-1861). He left no male heir and with his death the baronetcy became extinct. By Sir James's will, his daughter, Mary Eleanor, inherited the Edwinsford estate, Clovelly passing to her sister, Christine. Mary married Sir James Drummond (1814-1866), 3rd Bart., of Hawthornden, Midlothian. He took on the additional surname of Willimas in pursuant of his father-in-law's will. On his death in 1866, the estate passed to his eldest son, Sir James H.W.Williams-Drummond (1857-1913) and then upon his only child, Sir James Hamlyn Williams Williams-Drummond (b. 1891).
According to the 1873 return of owners of land, Sir James Hamlyn Williams-Drummond of Edwinsford owned an estimated 9,282 acres in Wales (all in Carmarthenshire) with an estimated rental of £6,358.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Edwinsford estate of the Williams, later Williams-Drummond, family in Carmarthenshire, including deeds, 1411-1860; manorial records, 1500-1744, including records of the manor of Talley, 1551-1744, and Caio, 1500-1734; estate correspondence, 1580-1863, (mainly post 1700), estate and household accounts, 1654, 1670-1903, and rentals, 1707-1843; deeds relating to the Llether Cadfan estate, 1474-1760, and Court Derllys estate, 1563-1805, both in Carmarthenshire.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically into the following sections: manuscript volumes, deeds which are arranged by locality, probate records, appointments, commissions and related documents, miscellaneous documents, correspondence, miscellaneous documents relating to the Drummond family, and printed material.

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 laws apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at NLW and HMC. The catalogue can be accessed online from
Further details relating to manorial records within the archive can be accessed on-line from


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Sir James Hamlyn Williams Williams-Drummond in 1946.


Related material: Further papers relating to the Edwinsford estate are Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Trant.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Baker-Jones, D.L., 'Edwinsford: A Country House and its Families', The Carmarthenshire Historian, 5 (1968); James, Brian, 'The Great Landowners of Wales in 1873', National Library of Wales Journal, XIV (1965-66); Williams-Drummond, Francis Dudley, Annals of Edwinsford, Clovelly and Hawthornden (Rhydedwyn, 1924); Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage (London, 1959).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2002

Agriculture | Wales | Carmarthenshire | Accounting
Edwinsford Estate (Wales) | Archives
Estate administration | Wales | Carmarthenshire
Manorial courts | Wales | Carmarthenshire
Manors | Wales | Carmarthenshire
Williams-Drummond family, | of Edwinsford | Archives

Personal names
Williams family , of Edwinsford
Williams-Drummond family , of Edwinsford

Corporate names
Derllys Estate (Wales)
Edwinsford Estate (Wales)
Llether Cadfan Estate (Wales)


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