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Monachty estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MYNACHTY

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Monachty Estate Records

Short Title: Monachty estate, records

Creation date(s): 1642-1882

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.058 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Monachty (Mynachty) estate


Administrative/Biographical history: A Gwyn family had owned Monachty (or Mynachty), Llanbadarn Trefeglwys, Cardiganshire, since the sixteenth century. Failing in the male line the estate passed to Elizabeth who married Morgan Gwynn ap Lewis Gwyn ap Gruffydd of Cil-fforch in the parish of Henfynyw, Cardiganshire. The earliest deed relating to a member of the Gwynne family appears to be a lease of 1704 to Lewis Gwynn of Monachty, esquire, grandson of Morgan and Elizabeth. Cil-fforch appears to have been subsumed into the Monachty estate, being mentioned in a marriage settlement of 1706, and rented out in 1785.
The house of Monachty, built in the middle of the 17th century, was pulled down in the middle of the 18th century, and Lewis Gwynne built a new house on the site. He died in 1805, a bachelor and without issue, and left Monachty (and £150,000 in gold and stocks) to his cousin, the Rev. Alban Thomas Jones (1749-1819) of Tyglyn and Susanna Maria (nee Jones) his second wife, for their lives. Lewis Gwynne's mother was sister to Alban's mother, and to Susanna's grandfather.
The Rev. Alban Thomas, having added his wife's surname to his own on marrying, now added Gwynne, to become Alban Thomas Jones Gwynne, founding the third Gwynne family of Monachty. His son, Alban T. J. Gwynne, inherited Monachty. This family held possession of the Monachty estate until 1936, when it was sold by Alban Lewis Gwynne (b. 1880) to Albert Henry Jarrard.


Scope and content/abstract: Title deeds, 1641-1882, and a small number of rentals, 1836, 1864-1882, relating to the Monachty estate, Cardiganshire, together with some records relating to the Cil-fforch estate, Cardiganshire.


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. The catalogue 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:


Related material: Further papers are in Olive Mary Jones (Aberaeron) Papers, Jacob Jones (Aberystwyth) Papers, and Robert and Evans (Solicitors), Papers, all in the National Library of Wales and all uncatalogued. Records of the Tyglyn estate, also owned by the family, are in National Library of Wales, Tyglyn Estate Records.


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: Jones, Francis, Historic Cardiganshire Homes and their families (Newport,2000); letter from Henry Phythian-Adams, 6 March 2006.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2001; revised March 2006

Deeds | Wales | Ceredigion
Mynachty Estate (Wales) | Archives

Personal names
Gwynne family , of Mynachty

Corporate names
Cil-fforch Estate (Wales)
Mynachty Estate (Wales)

Llanbadarn Trefeglwys (Wales)

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