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National Library of Wales
Tyglyn estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 TYGLYN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Tyglyn Estate Records

Short Title: Tyglyn estate, records

Creation date(s): 1685-1946

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.038 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Tyglyn estate


Administrative/Biographical history: The Tyglyn estate, Cardiganshire, was owned by the Rev. Alban Thomas Jones Gwynne (1749-1819) in right of his second wife Susanna Maria (Jones). Following her death, and despite a lawsuit, the estate was inherited by his grandson, Captain Alban Thomas Davies (1803-1860). Captain Thomas Davies returned from service in India in the 1840s. He was married to Ann, daughter of Colonel William Wilson. They were succeeded by their eldest son, Alban Thomas Davies the younger (d. 1870). The estate then passed to his brother, William John Davies (b. 1832) who married Florence A. Gadsden in 1863. Their heir was Frank Gadsden Davies.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds, documents and correspondence, 1685-1947, relating to the Tyglyn estate in Cardiganshire together with rentals of the estate, 1803-1862; letters relating to the New Quay Harbour Company, 1846-1850; letters relating to land belonging to Alban T. Davies required in connection with the extension of the Welsh Midland Railway from Carmarthen to Cardigan, 1845-1846; and papers reflecting the military careers of Lt. Col. William Wilson and his son-in-law Captain Alban Thomas Davies of Tyglyn, 1800-1848.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: The first donation is arranged into volumes and deeds and then chronologically. The subsequent donations, called Tyglyn Additional Papers are arranged into estate and family papers and military papers and then chronologically.

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 of the first donation is available at NLW. All the 1982 deposits are described in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1983, p.51, also available at NLW. All the catalogues 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: Donated by Mr R.J.S. Davies, Ciliau Aeron in 1955, followed by three donations by the late Dr T.I. Davies, Wrexham, per Mr Gareth Davies, London, in May, June and August 1982.


Related material: A number of maps and admiralty charts are in National Library of Wales, Map Collections, and medals are in National Library of Wales, Special Collections. Some books belonging to the family are also held at the Library. Records of the Monachty estate, also owned by the family, are in National Library of Wales, Monachty Estate Records.


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: Jenkins, Geraint H., and Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, Cardiganshire County History, Vol. 3; Cardiganshire in Modern Times (Cardiff, 1998); Jones, Francis, Historic Cardiganshire Homes and their families (Newport, 2000); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. I; letters from Henry Phythian-Adams, 6 March and 24 April 2006.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2001; revised March 2006

Estate administration | Wales | Ceredigion
Harbours | Wales | New Quay
Railways | Wales | Carmarthenshire
Railways | Wales | Ceredigion

Personal names
Davies , Alban Thomas , 1803-1860
Davies family , of Tyglyn
Wilson , William , 1784-1831

Corporate names
New Quay Harbour Company
Tyglyn-Aeron Estate (Wales)
Welsh Midland Railway

Llanddewi Aber-arth (Wales)

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