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Caerynwch estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CAERYNWCH

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Caerynwch Estate Records

Short Title: Caerynwch estate, records

Creation date(s): 1534-[c . 1872]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.143 cubic meters (7 boxes, 5 rolls)

Name of creator(s): Caerynwch estate


Administrative/Biographical history: Caerynwch mansion was built on the Plas Hen estate, Merionethshire, by Sir Richard Richards (1752-1823), Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, son of Thomas Richards of Coed, Merionethshire. Richards had acquired Plas Hen following his marriage in 1785 to Catherine Humphreys, only child of Robert Vaughan Humphreys of Plas Hen. After the mansion was built the estate came to be called Caerynwch instead of Plas Hen.
Sir Richard was succeeded by his son Richard Richards (1787-1860), who became a Master in Chancery, and MP for Merionethshire 1836-1852. He married, in 1814, Harriet (d. 1852), daughter and co-heiress of Jonathan Dennett of Lincolns Inn Fields. Richard Richards was in turn succeeded by his son, Richard Meredydd Richards (1821-1873) who married as his second wife Louisa Jannette Anne Edwards, only daughter and heiress of Edward Lloyd Edwards of Cerrigllwydion, Denbighshire, in 1863, and of the Dolserau estate near Dolgellau, Merioneth. Edward Lloyd Edwards's eldest son, Richard Edward Lloyd Richards (1865-1905) died without issue, so that the estate passed to his brother Henry Meredydd Richards (1870-1942), who was succeeded by his son, Richard Meredyth Richards (b. 1920, alive 1969).


Scope and content/abstract: Family papers and estate records, 1534-1872, mainly of the Edwards family of Cerrigllwydion, Denbighshire, and Dolserau, Merioneth, with a smaller amount of material of the Richards family of Caerynwch, including family and estate letters, 1776-1859, deeds relating to the estate in Merioneth, Denbighshire and Flintshire, 1534-1859, and miscellaneous papers (mainly financial), [late 17 cent.]-1872.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically by record type: letters, deeds and documents and miscellaneous papers.

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: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at NLW and HMC. 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 John Meredyth Richards, Caerynwch, November 1938.


Related material: Further papers relating to the Caerynuwch estate are Meirionnydd Archives,Z/D.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this record: Griffith, John Edwards, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (Wrexham, 1998 reprint), Condry, William, Wildflower safari : the life of Mary Richards (Llandysul, 1998).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2001

Cerrigllwydion Estate (Wales) | Archives
Edwards family, | of Cerrigllwydion and Dolserau | Archives
Estate administration | Wales | Denbighshire
Estate administration | Wales | Merioneth
Richards family, | of Caerynwch | Archives

Personal names
Edwards family , of Cerrigllwydion and Dolserau
Richards family , of Caerynwch

Corporate names
Caerynwch Estate (Wales)
Cerrigllwydion Estate (Wales)
Dolserau Estate (Wales)


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