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Derwydd estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 DERWYDD

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Derwydd Estate Records

Short Title: Derwydd estate, records

Creation date(s): 1525-1870, 1904

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.2 cubic metres(7 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Derwydd estate


Administrative/Biographical history: Rhydderch ap Hywel ap Bedo is the earliest named owner of Derwydd, in 1550. His only child, Elizabeth, also had an only child, Sage, who married Sir Henry Vaughan of Golden Grove, who came to live at Derwydd. Following Sir Henry's death, the estate was inherited by his daughter Rachel who married John Vaughan of Derllys. He was succeeded by his son Richard Vaughan of Derwydd who died without issue. The estate passed to his daughter, Elizabeth Lloyd, who married Sir Thomas Stepney of Llanelli. After the deaths of his sons without issue, the estate passed to his daughter, Elizabeth Bridgetta. She married Joseph Gulston in 1767, and the estate remained with their descendants until at least the 1980s.


Scope and content/abstract: Title deeds, 1525-1907, of the Derwydd estate, mainly in Carmarthenshire, and of the families of Vaughan of Golden Grove and Llanelli, Bevan of Laugharne (including Madam Bridget Bevan, 1698-1779), Stepney of Llanelli, and Stepney-Gulston of Derwydd. There are no personal or family papers in the archive.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically

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: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW and HMC.The catalogue can be accessed online from
Further details relating to the small number of manorial records in the archive can be accessed online 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 Agneta Annie Justina Stepney-Gulston of Derwydd in 1955


Related material: Further papers relating to the Stepney family of Llanelli, the Stepney-Gulston family of Derwydd, and the Vaughan family of Golden Grove, are the Derwydd Muniments, Stepney Collection, and Cawdor Vaughan Muniments, all in Carmarthenshire Archive Service.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 18th ed, 3 vols, 1965-72) vol. 2; Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their families (Newport, 1997).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2001

Deeds | Wales | Carmarthenshire

Personal names
Bevan , Bridget , 1698-1779 , Madam Bevan
Bevan family , of Laugharne
Gulston family , of Derwydd
Stepney family , of Llanelli
Stepney-Gulston family , of Derwydd
Vaughan family , of Derwydd

Corporate names
Derwydd Estate (Wales)


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