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Pennant estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 PENNANT

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Pennant Estate Records

Short Title: Pennant estate, records

Creation date(s): 1458-1826

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.045 cubic metres (5 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Pennant estate


Administrative/Biographical history: The Holland family of Berw, Anglesey, claimed descent from John Holland (c. 1355-1400), earl of Huntingdon and duke of Exeter, and through him from Robert de Holland, baron Holland (fl. temp. Edward I), of Lancashire, and Joan Plantagenet, the daughter of Edmund of Woodstock, the sixth son of Edward I.
John Holland (alive 1461) of Pennant, married Elinor, daughter and co-heir of Ithel ap Hywel ap Llywelyn of Berw. In the next generation, Owen Holland (d. 1529) the eldest son took Berw, and the younger son, Morgan Holland, took Pennant. The Holland family remained in possession of the Pennant estate until at least 1723. The estate was owned by a Thomas Edwards in the second half of the eighteenth century who was succeeded by the Rev. Canon Howell Holland Edwards, a well known collector of manuscripts, who died in 1842. His niece Miss Margaret Grace Jones of Bryneisteddfod, near Conway, succeeded to Pennant Ereithlyn after the death of the Rev. John Boulger. She bequeathed her estate to the children of Mr Francis W. Lloyd Edwards of Nanhoron, one of whom, Mary Georgiana Lloyd, married Alan Percy George Gough of Gelliwig, Caernarfonshire, in 1895.


Scope and content/abstract: Family and estate papers of the Holland family of Pennant Ereithlyn in the parish of Eglwys-bach, Denbighshire, mainly deeds, 1458-1810, and correspondence, 1560-1826.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into three sections: deeds, miscellanous documents, and holograph letters

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, under the former title, Gough Deeds and Documents, are available at NLW and HMC. The catalogue under its current title,Pennant Estate Records, 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 Mrs Alan Gough of Nanhoron in 1941


Related material: Further papers relating to the Holland family of Pennant Ereithlyn in NLW include NLW MSS 6209 and 13215E, Cwrt Mawr MS 384D, and items in the Coed Coch and Gelliwig archives.

Publication note: Owens, B. G., 'Deposited collections: the Pennant deeds and documents', National Library of Wales Journal, II (1941-2).


Note: Formerly Gough Deeds and Documents. Current title supplied from contents of fonds; previous title based on name of depositor.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Griffith, John Edwards, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (Wrexham, 1998 reprint); Calendar of Wynn (of Gwydir) Papers 1515-1690 (Aberystwyth, 1926).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2001

Holland family, | of Pennant, Eglwys-bach, Denbighshire | Archives
Pennant Estate (Denbighshire, Wales) | Archives

Personal names
Holland family , of Pennant , Eglwys-bach , Denbighshire

Corporate names
Pennant Estate (Eglwys-bach, Denbighshire)


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