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Cernioge estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CERNIOGE

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Cernioge Estate Records

Short Title: Cernioge estate, records

Creation date(s): 1501-1856

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.123 cubic metres (5 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Cernioge estate


Administrative/Biographical history: The Gethin family, early owners of the Cernioge estate in Denbighshire, descended from Rhys ap Maredudd ap Tudur, of Plas Iolyn and Lowry, daughter and heiress of Howel ap Gruffydd Goch. Their third son, Maurice Gethin, steward of the abbey of Aberconway in 1501, married Ann, daughter of David Myddelton Hen, Gwaynynog. Their son was Robert Wynn Gethin of Cernioge. His eldest son, Robert Gethin died without issue and the estate passed to his brother, Morris Gethin, a merchant in London, who served as sheriff for Denbighshire in 1667.
The Cernioge estate passed from the hands of the Gethin family with the marriage of Morris Gethin's daughter Rebecca to Richard Kenrick of Nantclwyd. The Kenrick family also acquired the Woore estate, mainly in Woore and Gravenhonger, Shropshire, following the marriage of Richard Kenrick's son, also named Richard, with Dorothy, sister and co-heiress with Sir Richard Barker, of Woore Manor. Their heir was Andrew Kenrick, who married Martha, daughter and heiress of Eubele Thelwall of Nantclwyd, so that Nantclwyd also passed to the Kenrick family. Andrew and Martha Kenrick were succeeded by Colonel Richard Hughes Kenrick and his eldest son was Richard Kyffin Kenrick who sold the Cernioge estate (but not Woore or Nantclwyd) to James Blair of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, solicitor, in a number of complicated transactions (after heavily mortgaging the estate) between 1817 and 1828.


Scope and content/abstract: Estate records of the Cernioge estate, Denbighshire, and records of the Kenrick family of Cernioge and Nantclwyd, 1502-1856, comprising deeds, 1502-1832, of the Cernioge estate; rentals, 1664-1771, 1806-1813; transcripts of documents relating to the abbey of Conway; and correspondence, 1806-1827.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically into two sections: deeds acquired between 1955 and 1958, and attested copies acquired in 1955 and 1957.

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. The final deposit, that made in 1965, which includes most of the correspondence, remains uncatalogued. 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: Purchsed from or donated by Mr W.A. Evans, Oaklands, Ruthin Road, Denbigh between 1955 and 1965.


Related material: Further papers relating to the Cernioge estate are in National Library of Wales, Crosse of Shaw Hill Estate Records.


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: 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: June 2001

Cernioge Estate (Wales) | Archives
Estate administration | Wales | Denbighshire
Gethin family, | of Cernioge | Archives
Kenrick family, | of Woore | Archives
Nantclwyd Estate (Wales) | Archives

Personal names
Gethin family , of Cernioge
Kenrick family , of Woore

Corporate names
Aberconwy Abbey (Conwy, Wales)
Cernioge Estate (Wales)
Nantclwyd Estate (Wales)


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