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Harrison family, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 HARRISON

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Harrison Family Papers

Short Title: Harrison family, papers

Creation date(s): 1571, 1649-1857

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.029 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): Harrison family of Llantysilio Hall, Montgomeryshire


Administrative/Biographical history: Major Robert John Harrison (1779-1844) married Sophia Maria (d. 1836), the daughter of William Ilbert of Bowringsleigh, Devon, in 1810. Harrison took possession of the Llantysilio and Llanlloddian estates, Montgomeryshire, around 1822 on the death of Thomas Jones (fl . 1800-1816) of Llantysilio Hall, who died intestate. It appears that a dispute over possession of the estate was settled at the Shrewsbury Summer Assizes, 1823, and the Ruthin Summer Assizes, 1831. Major Harrison's son, the Rev. Robert John Harrison (d. 1872) of Caerhowel, Montgomeryshire, was rector of Forden. He married Elizabeth (d. 1858), daughter of the Rev. Devereux Mytton of Pen y lan, Montgomeryshire. Their son, Robert John Harrison (b. 1852) of Caer Howel married Charlotte Henrietta, third daughter of Hugh Montgomery of Grey Abbey, County Down, Ireland, in 1874.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, mainly correspondence, 1777-1840, of the Jones and Harrison family of Llantysilio Hall, Llangollen, including letters from Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Ponsonby ('The Ladies of Llangollen') to various members of the Jones and Harrison families, 1800-1828. The papers also include deeds, 1571-1768, relating to the manor of Over Gorther in Montgomeryshire and Shropshire; and other papers, 1649-1857.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by dates of deposit. The 1947 deposit, entitled Colonel G. R. D. Harrison (Welshpool) Papers, are arranged chronologically. The 1957 deposit, entitled Harrison Family Papers, is arranged into two sections: correspondence, and miscellaneous papers.

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 1947 and 1957 catalogues, entitled Colonel G. R. D. Harrison (Welshpool) Papers and Harrison Family Papers are available at NLW and HMC. The call number of the 1957 deposit is NLW Minor Deposit 623B. The 1947 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: Arranged at NLW

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Colonel G. R. D. Harrison of Welshpool per R. U. Sayce in June 1947, and by Colonel G. R. D. Harrison of Fron Lwyd, Welshpool, and Mrs Maud Cleaver of Glebe House, Guilsfield, Welshpool, in September 1957.


Related material: Further papers relating to the Harrison family of Llantysilio Hall are in NLW, Papers of Harrison & Sons of Welshpool, (Solicitors). Further papers relating to the Llantysilio Hall estate are Denbighshire Record Office, DD/LH (Llantysilio Hall Papers).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this record: Griffith, John Edwards, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (Wrexham, 1998 reprint); NLW, Schedule of Harrison Family Papers.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2001


Personal names
Butler , Eleanor , 1738 or 9-1829 , Lady
Harrison family , of Llantysilio Hall
Jones family , of Llantysilio Hall
Ponsonby , Sarah , 1754 or 5-1831

Corporate names


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