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Wigfair estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WIGFAIR

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Wigfair Estate Records

Short Title: Wigfair estate, records

Creation date(s): 1229-1230, 1273-1898

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.208 cubic metres (23 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Wigfair estate


Administrative/Biographical history: The Lloyd family appear to have resided at Wigfair since at least the time of Robert ap Maredudd ap David Lloyd of Wigfair (fl. 1549-1562). Howel Lloyd (c. 1681-1729) of Wigfair married Phoebe Lloyd (d. 1760), heiress of the Lloyd family of Hafodunos.
The Lloyd family of Hafodunos was originally unrelated to the Lloyd family of Wigfair. Cynwrig ap Bleddyn (?fl. early 15 cent) appears to have been the first to have been described as of Hafodunos, and his grandson, David Lloyd (?fl. late 15th cent) appears to have been the first of his family to be called Lloyd. Hafodunos passed from father to son for a further eight generations, to Hedd Lloyd (d. c. 1739). He was suceeded by his daughter Phoebe (d. 1760), the widow of Howel Lloyd (c. 1681-1729) of Wigfair, a family that appear to have resided at Wigfair since at least the time of Robert ap Maredudd ap David Lloyd (fl. 1549-1562). The Lloyd family of Wigfair and Hafodunos lasted two generations before coming to an end with co-heiresses. One, Dorothea Lloyd, who appears to have inherited Hafodunos, married the Rev. Thomas Clough (1756-1814), rector of Denbigh, a descendant of the Clough family of Plas Clough. Their son, Rev. Thomas Hugh Clough, sold Hafodunos to Samuel Sandbach of Liverpool in 1830. The other heiress, Mary, who appears to have inherited Wigfair, married the Rev. J.C. Potter who assumed the surname Conway. Later members of the family styled themselves Lloyd Conway.


Scope and content/abstract: Records, mainly title deeds, 1229-1907, of the Hafodunos estate, Denbighshire, and the Wigfair estate, Flintshire, together with manuscript volumes containing mainly family and estate correspondence, mainly 18-19 centuries, including correspondence of John Lloyd (1749-1815) 'The Philosopher', 1766-1814, letters to Robert Howard, Collector of Customs at Conwy, Caernarfonshire, 1735-1775, letters of the Rev. Richard Howard, 1807-1858, papers, [c. 1740]-[c. 1748], relating to Hugh Howard of Mahim, Bombay, formerly of St Andrews Holborn, London; and accounts, letters and other papers of the Llandudno New Mine Company, 1815-1821, a copper mining venture.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into two series: deeds and documents; and correspondence; and then chronologically. The manuscript volumes were removed from the archive and arranged in the NLW MSS series; they are now NLW MSS 12401-12513.

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 are available at NLW and HMC. They can be accessed online from
Further details relating to manorial records within the archive can be accessed online from


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Colonel H. C. Lloyd Howard in 1926 and 1927


Related material: Further estate papers are Flintshire Record Office, D/KK, and National Library of Wales, Rhiwlas Estate Records.


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: Lloyd, J. Y. W., History of Powys Fadog (London, 6 vols, 1881-1887), vols IV-V; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Griffith, John Edwards, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (Wrexham, 1998 reprint).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2001

Copper mines and mining | Wales | Llandudno
Estate administration | Wales | Denbighshire
Hafodunos Estate (Wales) | Archives
Howard, Hugh, | d. ca. 1745 | Correspondence
Lloyd family, | of Hafodunos and Wigfair | Archives
Lloyd, John, | 1749-1815 | Correspondence
Wigfair Estate (Wales) | Archives

Personal names
Howard , Hugh , d. ca. 1745
Howard , Richard , Reverend
Howard , Robert , d. 1776
Lloyd , John , 1749-1815
Lloyd family , of Hafodunos and Wigfair

Corporate names
Hafodunos Estate (Wales)
Llandudno New Mine Company
Wigfair Estate (Wales)


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