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Edwardes family, Barons Kensington, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 EDWDES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Edwardes, Barons Kensington, Family Papers

Short Title: Edwardes family, Barons Kensington, papers

Creation date(s): 1791-1914 (predominantly 1844-1914)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 61 items

Name of creator(s): Edwardes, Barons Kensington, family


Administrative/Biographical history: The Edwardes family owned extensive lands in Pembrokeshire, including Skomer Island, Midland, Grassholm and Gateholm islands; in Carmarthenshire, including Castell Llwyd, Llandawke and Westmead in the Laugharne area, and the Neuadd estate in the parish of Llanarth, Cardiganshire.
Francis Edwardes of St. Brides married Lady Elizabeth Rich, only daughter and heiress of Robert, 2nd Earl of Holland, 5th Earl of Warwick and Baron Kensington. Their heir was William Edwardes, 1st Bart (d. 1801) who was created Baron Kensington in 1776. He served as M.P. for Haverfordwest 1747-1801.
According to the 1873 return of owners of land Lord Kensington owned 7,471 acres in Pembrokeshire, Radnorshire, Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire, with an annual rental of £5,379. The family continued in possession of the estate until 1920 when Hugh Edwardes, 6th Bart (1873-1938), sold 3,662 acres, including Llandawke which was sold to Carmarthenshire County Council.


Scope and content/abstract: Family papers, mainly letters and military commissions, 1791-1914.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged 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 is available at NLW. An online catalogue under the title Kensington 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 Colonel Lord Kensington per Messrs Simmons & Simmons, London, in 1954.


Related material: A further and a more substantial group of papers relating to the estate are in National Library of Wales, Lucas Papers.


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: Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage (London, 1990); Burke, Bernard, A genealogical and heraldic history of the peerage and baronetage of the British Empire (London, 1866); Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their families (Newport, 1996); Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their families (Newport, 1997).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2001


Personal names
Edwardes family , Barons Kensington

Corporate names


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