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Dunraven estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 DUNRAVEN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Dunraven Estate Records

Short Title: Dunraven estate, records

Creation date(s): [early 13 cent.]- 1951

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 2.233 cubic metres (76 boxes, 225 volumes, 2 rolls, 5 bundles, 7 pictures)

Name of creator(s): Dunraven estate


Administrative/Biographical history: The Dunraven estate comprised the Glamorgan estates of the Edwin family of Llanmihangel Betws Iarll, Glamorgan, and the Glamorgan and Gloucestershire estate of the Wyndham families of Dunraven, Glamorgan, and of Clearwell, Gloucestershire. The Dunraven and Clearwell estates were united when Jane, daughter and eventual heiress of John Wyndham of Dunraven, married her cousin Thomas Wyndham of Clearwell. When Jane died, Thomas married secondly Anne, daughter of Samuel Edwin of Llanmihangel. Thomas Wyndham died in 1751 and Anne his second wife in 1758. Their son and heir Charles Wyndham, MP for Glamorgam, 1780-1789, inherited both estates.

The Llanmihangel estate had been purchased in 1685 from Sir Robert Thomas by Humphrey Edwin, alderman of London, and had passed successively to his son Samuel Edwin and to Samuel's son, Charles Edwin. The latter's nephew Charles Wyndham inherited the Llanmihangel estate and assumed the surname Edwin in accordance with his uncle's will, but soon reverted to Wyndham. Following his death in 1801 the three estates of Dunraven, Clearwell and Llanmihangel passed to his son, Thomas Wyndham, on whose death in 1814 the estates passed to his daughter, Caroline who, in 1810, had married Windham Henry Quin of Adare, County Limerick, who assumed the surname Wyndham-Quin, and became later 2nd Earl of Dunraven.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Dunraven estate, principally in Glamorgan, belonging to the Wyndham and Wyndham-Quin families of Dunraven Castle, Glamorgan, earls of Dunraven, and of Clearwell, Gloucestershire, and papers of the associated families of Edwin and Thomas of Llanfihangel-juxta-Cowbridge, including deeds, [early 13 cent.]-1939, mainly for lands in Glamorgan; rentals, surveys and accounts, 1348-1483, 1688-1951, mainly relating to properties in Glamorgan; manorial records, 1548-1936, relating chiefly to numerous manors in Glamorgan, including Coity Anglia, Coity Wallia, the manor of Newcastle, Cefncribwr and Court Colman, and the manor of Penlline, Goston and Llan-gan; legal papers, 1685-1895; and correspondence, 1791-1918.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged by bundles apart from the estate rentals which are 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: Hard copies of two preliminary catalogues and a catalogue of estate rentals are available at NLW and HMC. The catalogues can be accessed online from
Further details relating to manorial records within 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 the directors of the Dunraven Estates Co. Ltd. in 1940, 1952 and 1953.


Related material: Further papers relating to the Dunraven estate are Glamorgan Record Office, DRA; and Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, M1-21. Papers relating to the family's Adare estate in County Limerick are in Limerick University Library.

Publication note: Owens, B. G., 'The Dunraven Deeds and Documents', National Library of Wales Journal, vol. 2 (1941-2), pp. 81-2.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James. The following source was used in the completion of this description: NLW, Schedule of Dunraven Estate Rentals.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2002

Clearwell Estate (England) | Archives
Dunraven Estate (Wales) | Archives
Estate administration | Wales | Glamorgan
Manorial courts | Wales | Glamorgan
Manors | Wales | Glamorgan
Wyndham family, | of Dunraven Castle and Clearwell | Archives
Wyndham-Quin family, | Earls of Dunraven | Archives

Personal names
Edwin family , of Llanfihangel-juxta-Cowbridge
Thomas family , of Llanfihangel-juxta-Cowbridge
Wyndham family , of Dunraven Castle and Clearwell
Wyndham-Quin family , Earls of Dunraven

Corporate names
Clearwell Estate (England)
Coity Anglia Manor (Wales)
Coity Wallia Manor (Wales)
Dunraven Estate (Wales)
Newcastle, Cefncribwr and Court Colman Manor (Wales)
Penlline, Goston and Llan-gan Manor (Wales)


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