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Goring-Thomas family, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 GORMAS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Goring-Thomas Family Papers

Short Title: Goring-Thomas family, papers

Creation date(s): 19 cent.

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.081 cubic meters (57 vols)

Name of creator(s): Goring-Thomas family of Llannon


Administrative/Biographical history: The family, originally called Treherne, lived at Llettymawr, Llannon, Carmarthenshire. Morgan Thomas, 1726-1800, of Llettymawr, married Frances, only child and heiress of Henry Goring of Staffordshire in 1768. Their heir was their only child, Rees Goring-Thomas of Llannon and Tooting Lodge, Surrey, who died in 1821. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Rees Goring-Thomas, 1801-63, of Gellywernen. During the late 1820's a new house was built at Gellywernen, which was subsequently attacked during the Rebecca riots in 1843. He was succeeded by his eldest son and namesake of Plas Llannon who died in 1887. His eldest son and heir son Rhys Goring-Thomas (b. 1864) sold Plas Llannon in 1913. He was succeeded by his second son, Captain Gilbert Esdaile Foy Goring-Thomas (b. 1898) of Gellywernen.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of the Goring-Thomas family of Llannon, Carmarthenshire, nineteenth century, including diaries of Rees Goring Thomas, 1841-1848, 1850-1885; a collection of cookery and household recipes; accounts of several journeys made by members of the family; photographs; and miscellaneous letters, accounts and papers.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into NLW Minor Deposits 513-569B

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 very brief description of the papers is in NLW, Minor Deposits, p. 41. A rather fuller description appears in NLW, Annual Report, 1938-39. The description 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: Deposited by Mr G.E.F. Goring-Thomas, Henley-on-Thames, in September 1938.


Related material: Letters to Rees Goring-Thomas are NLW NLW MS 19380E.


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: Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 1952); Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their families (Newport, 1997); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. I.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2001

Goring Thomas, Rees | Diaries
Goring-Thomas family, | of Llannon | Archives
Recipes | Wales | Llannon (Carmarthenshire)

Personal names
Goring-Thomas family , of Gellywernen

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