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Ynysymaengwyn estate, miscellaneous papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 YNYWYN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Ynysymaengwyn Estate (Miscellaneous Papers)

Short Title: Ynysymaengwyn estate, miscellaneous papers

Creation date(s): 1878-[c. 1947]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 16 vols./items

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history: The Ynysymaengwyn estate was owned by the Wynnes until the death of Humphrey Wynne (alive in 1570) when the estate passed to his daughter Elizabeth who married Sir James Pryse of Gogerddan, Cardiganshire. Their sole heiress was Bridgett Pryse who in or around 1612 married Robert Corbet of Moreton Corbet, Shropshire. The eldest son and heir of this marriage was Vincent Corbett who apparently disinherited his son Thomas Vincent Corbett so that the estate passed to his sisters Ann, who married Athelstan Owen of Rhiwsaeson, Montgomeryshire, and Jane who married, firstly, Thomas Price of Esgairweddan and, secondly, Hugh Wynn, rector of Dolgellau. There were no heirs from either of Jane's marriages.
A year before her death, Ann Owen settled the Ynysymaengwyn estate, which by now included the Caethle estate in Tywyn, which Ann herself had purchased from Richard Braithwaite and Margaret his wife, to her second son Richard Owen; Corbett Owen her eldest son having already died without issue. Richard Owen also died without issue so that the estate devolved upon his sister Ann Owen. She married Pryce Maurice, owner of the Lloran estate, Denbighshire, in 1740. In accordance with the terms of a deed of settlement of 1758 and the will of Ann Owen the estate passed to Ann Owen 's grandson, Henry Arthur Maurice, that is the third son of the marriage of her daughter and namesake and Pryce Maurice. Henry assumed the name of Corbet on inheriting the Ynysymaengwyn estate. He died aged 30 in 1782 and was succeeded by his brother Edward Maurice. He likewise assumed the name Corbett. Following his death in 1820 the estate passed to his nephew Athelstan Maurice, who also assumed the name Corbett. He died in 1835 and was succeeded by his daughter Henrietta and her husband John Soden of Bath who likewise assumed the name of Corbett. His son, a deeply indebted Athelstan John Soden Corbett, finally decided to sell the estate, which measured 9,347 in 1873. The entire estate was sold between 1877 and 1879, the main purchaser being John Corbett, MP, (no relation) of Droitwich, Worcestershire, who bought Ynysymaengwyn mansion, demesne and pleasure grounds for £42,000.


Scope and content/abstract: Estate account books, 1900-1911, 1916-1917, and miscellaneous documents relating to the Ynysymaengwyn estate, 1907-1940.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into one series: estate administration; and one file: legal and personal 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: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW. An online catalogue can be accessed from


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at NLW have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The papers were acquired by Mr Price Pugh of Plas Edwards, who was the estate foreman from 1900 to 1926, and by his son Pryce G. Pugh who succeeded him from 1926 until 1950.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by D.W. Pugh, Plas Edwards, Tywyn, Meirioneth, in May 1953.


Related material: The main group of deeds of the Ynysymaengwyn estate are NLW, Peniarth Estate Papers NA 1-280, NB 1-420 and NC 1-3. Further papers relating to the estate in NLW are Peniarth MSS 551D, and NLW, Minor Deposit 1422B. Papers relating mainly to the sale of the estate, 1877-1879, are Meirionnydd Archives, Z/DAB. The personal papers of John Corbett are in NLW and in Worcestershire Record Office: those in NLW at least remain uncatalogued.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

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

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2001


Personal names
Corbett family , of Impney
Corbett family , of Ynysymaengwyn
Pryse family , of Ynysymaengwyn
Wynn family , of Ynysymaengwyn

Corporate names
Ynysymaengwyn Estate (Wales)

Tywyn (Gwynedd, Wales)

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