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Bonsall family, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 BONSAL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Bonsall Family Papers

Short Title: Bonsall family, papers

Creation date(s): 1674-1919 (mainly 1752-1919)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.229 cubic metres (8 boxes, 7 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Bonsall family


Administrative/Biographical history: The Fronfraith estate, Llanbadarn Fawr, Cardiganshire, was purchased by Sir Thomas Bonsall (1730-1808) in 1784. He was the son of George and Mary Bonsall of Ecton, Staffordshire, who came to the Ysbyty Ystwyth area to work the Cwmystwyth mines as a manager, and later as lessee. He is estimated to have made a profit of £40,000 mining in north Cardiganshire. The family acquired the Galltyllan estate in Montgomeryshire through the marriage of John George William Bonsall (1817-1900) with Frances, daughter of Joseph Davies of Galltyllan in May 1853. His son, John Joseph Bonsall of Fronfraith and Galltyllan, married Emily Hughes of Glanrheidol. In 1873 the Fronfraith estate comprised 1,658 acres, yielding an annual rental of £1818.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of the Bonsall family of Fronfraith, 1674-1919, comprising manuscripts, 1785-1891; deeds, plans, and particulars of sale relating to Galltyllan estate in the parishes of Machynlleth, Penegoes and Darowen, Montgomeryshire, 1674-1919; a much smaller number of deeds relating to the Fronfraith estate in Cardiganshire, 1790-[early 1900s]; and precedent books, [early 19 cent.].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW as follows: manuscripts (NLW MS 3113C, NLW MS Maps Vol. 9, NLW MSS 3115-3119C); deeds, documents, maps and plans (items 1-124).

Conditions governing access:

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogues are available at NLW; the 1991 donation is described in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1992, pp. 4-6; the manuscript volumes are listed in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943). The catalogues are available online.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records acquired by NLW have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mrs Hugh Bonsall, November 1932 (manuscripts and items 1-110); donated by Mrs Janet Joel-Edwards, Y Ferwig, Cardigan, November 1991 (A1991/159) (items 111-124).


Related material: For further papers relating to the Bonsall family see NLW, Henry Bonsall diaries (uncatalogued) and NLW, Roberts and Evans, Aberystwyth, solicitors CM10/1/3.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Thomas Nicholas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales, 2 vols (London, 1872); Francis Jones, Historic Cardiganshire Homes and their Families (Newport, 2000).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2001

Bonsall family, | of Fronfraith | Archives
Deeds | Wales | Ceredigion
Deeds | Wales | Powys
Estate administration | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Forms (Law) | Great Britain
Fronfraith Estate (Wales) | Archives

Personal names
Bonsall family , of Fronfraith

Corporate names
Fronfraith Estate (Wales)
Galltyllan Estate (Wales)

Llanbadarn Fawr (Ceredigion, Wales)
Montgomeryshire (Wales)

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