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Caerhun estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CAERHUN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Caerhun Estate Records

Short Title: Caerhun estate, records

Creation date(s): 1446-1934

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.229 cubic metres (8 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Caerhun estate


Administrative/Biographical history: The Caerhun estate had been in the possession of the Davies family of Caerhun since the early 16 cent. The family apparently acquired some lands in Anglesey following the marriage of Robert Davies(d. c . 1687) with Margaret, daughter of William Thomas of Maenol Bangor. Robert Davies' s grandson, Hugh Davies,died aged 36 without issue in 1721 so that the estate passed to his sister Grace who married Hugh Jones, vicar of Caerhun and rector of Llanbedr y Cenin. Their son, Hugh Jones of Caerhun and Brynhyrddin assumed the surname Davies on inheriting the estate. He died without issue in 1771 and bequeathed the estate to his sister Catherine who married Ralph Griffith of Bron Gain.
Their heir was Hugh Davies Griffith (d. 1802) of Caerhun, rector of Llanbedr y Cenin. The estate passed to his son, Hugh Davies Griffith (d. 1877) of Caerhun who, through his marriage in 1825 with Hester Thomas, acquired the Downing estate in Flintshire and the Llechwedd Garth estate in Montgomeryshire. Their heir, Hugh Thomas Davies Griffith (d. 1882) died without issue and the estate passed to his sister, Catherine Hester (d. 1893) who married Richard Hemming (d. 1891) of Bentley Manor, Worcestershire, in 1846. The estate then passed to their fourth child, Beatrice Sophia, a Lady of Grace of the Order of St John, Jerusalem, who married Hugh Sutley Gough in 1886. He was a Major-General in the army and served as Governor of Jersey 1904-1909. Their heir, Wilifred Hugh Julian Gough, was born in 1880.


Scope and content/abstract: The archive comprises entirely of deeds and documents, 1446-1934, relating to the Caerhun estate in Anglesey, Caernarfonshire, Denbighshire, and associated estates of Downing, Flintshire, and Llechwedd Garth in Montgomeryshire.


Language/scripts of material: English , Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following groups: documents relating to the counties of Anglesey and Caernarfon; documents relating to the counties of Denbigh and Flint; documents relating to the county of Montgomery; miscellaneous documents and personal papers; and wills.

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:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the executors of the late Captain W.H.J. Gough, per Messrs Peckover, Burrill, and Owen, Denbigh, in March 1944.



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: Griffith, John Edwards, Pedigrees of Anglesey & 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: May 2001

Caerhun Estate (Wales) | Archives
Davies Griffith family, | of Caerhun, Downing and Llechwedd-y-garth | Archives
Davies family, | of Caerhun | Archives
Downing Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence
Edwards family, | of Cerrigllwydion and Dolserau | Archives
Llechwedd-y-garth Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence
Lloyd family, | of Downing | Archives
Thomas family, | of Downing | Archives

Personal names
Davies Griffith family , of Caerhun , Downing and Llechwedd-y-garth
Davies family , of Caerhun
Gough family , of Caerhun
Lloyd family , of Downing
Thomas family , of Downing

Corporate names
Caerhun Estate (Wales)
Downing Estate (Wales)
Llechwedd-y-garth Estate (Wales)


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