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Glansevin estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 GLANSEVIN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Glansevin Estate Records

Short Title: Glansevin estate, records

Creation date(s): 1543, 1578-1919

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.315 cubic metres (11 boxes, 17 volumes and 1 roll)

Name of creator(s): Glansevin estate


Administrative/Biographical history: The Lloyd family of Glansevin in the parish of Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, claimed descent from Ideo Gwyllt, earl of Desmond, who received the lordship of Llywel from Rhys ap Tewdwr (d. 1093) for his service against Bernard Newmarch. The surname Lloyd derives from Morgan Llwyd ap Cadwgan (fl. late 15-early 16 cent.). His great-grandson Gruffydd ap John is the first to be described as of 'Lan Sefin'. Glansevin was already a large dwelling in 1670, assessed for eight hearths.
It appears that the Lloyd family acquired other, smaller estates through marriage, or at least acquired some of the papers relating to these estates. Thus, Morgan Lloyd married Bridget, daughter of David Lloyd of Wern, Llanarth, Cardiganshire, and his wife Mary, daughter of Edward Pryse of Ystrad-ffin, Carmarthenshire. The Lloyds of Wern Newydd also owned the Mandinam estate, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire. Morgan Pryse Lloyd (c. 1758-1810) married Catherine only daughter of Pryse Jones of Glanhafren, Montgomeryshire. In 1826 Caroline Martha Lloyd (1788-1863), one of the daughters of Morgan Pryse Lloyd of Glansevin, married David Lloyd Harries (c. 1786-c. 1856) of Llandingat House, Llandovery, solicitor, heir to Maes Llydan in the parish of Llandingad and Pistyll Gwyn in the parish of Llansawel. He purchased Derry-odyn from Jane Edwards of the same, widow, in 1830.
Most of the Glansevin estate was sold after World War One, although the Lloyd family retained the house until World War Two. By 1985 Plas Glansevin had passed into new hands and become an hotel.


Scope and content/abstract: Family and estate records of the Lloyd family of Glansevin and Mandinam, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, and of the associated families of Harries of Llandovery and Price of Ystrad-ffin, Carmarthenshire, Lloyd of Wern Newydd and Edwards of Derry-odyn, Cardiganshire, and Price-Jones of Glanhafren, Montgomeryshire, including rentals of the Glansevin estate, 1740-1742 (including Wern Newydd estate), 1888-1915, Glanhafren estate, 1749-1757, and Wern Newydd, 1844-1851; household and farming accounts of the Glansevin estate, 1731-1892, title deeds and abstracts of title, 1542-1872, mainly Glansevin estate; estate and legal correspondence, mainly second half of the nineteenth century, rentals of the estate of David Lloyd Harries, Llandingat House, Llandovery, 1843-1863; and estate, legal and personal papers relating to Penllwyn, Llanddewibrefi, Cardiganshire, 1788-1858, and the Derry Odyn estate in the same county, 1800-1865.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically within the following sections: manuscript volumes; Carmarthenshire deeds and documents; Breconshire; Cardiganshire; Montgomeryshire and Shropshire; Flintshire; and miscellaneous.

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: No restrictions

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at NLW and HMC. The catalogue 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: Many papers relating to the Llandingad estate belonging to David Lloyd Harries, who married one of the daughters of Glansevin, have found their way into the Glansevin papers as have papers relating to his law practice.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Colonel M. F. P. Lloyd of Great Storkesley, Colchester, in 1949.


Related material: Further papers are in NLW, DTM Jones, and Carmarthenshire Archives Services, Glasbrook Collection.


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 Carmarthenshire Homes and their families (Newport, 1997); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. I; Plas Glansevin website, (July 2002).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2001

Derry Odyn Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence
Edwards family, | of Derry-odyn | Archives
Estate administration | Wales | Carmarthenshire
Glanhafren Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence
Glansevin Estate (Wales) | Archives
Harries family, | of Llandovery | Archives
Lloyd family, | of Glansevin and Mandinam | Archives
Lloyd family, | of Wern Newydd | Archives
Mandinam Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence
Penllwyn Estate (Llanddewi Brefi, Wales) | Records and correspondence
Price-Jones family, | of Glanhafren | Archives
Wern Newydd Estate (Wales) | Archives

Personal names
Edwards family , of Derry-odyn
Harries , David Lloyd , d. 1856 , of Llandingat House
Harries family , of Llandovery
Lloyd family , of Glansevin and Mandinam
Lloyd family , of Wern Newydd
Price family , of Ystrad-ffin
Price-Jones family , of Glanhafren

Corporate names
Derry Odyn Estate (Wales)
Glanhafren Estate (Wales)
Glansevin Estate (Wales)
Llandingat House (Wales)
Mandinam Estate (Wales)
Penllwyn Estate (Llanddewi Brefi, Wales)
Wern Newydd Estate (Wales)


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