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Muddlescombe estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MUDMBE

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Muddlescombe Estate Records

Short Title: Muddlescombe estate, records

Creation date(s): 1200-1696

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.286 cubic metres (10 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Muddlescombe estate


Administrative/Biographical history: The Mansel family came to Muddlescwm in the parish of Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, when Anthony and Francis (d. 1628), two sons of Sir Edward Mansel, married Mary and Catherine, the co-heirs of Muddlescwm. Anthony and Mary died without issue, so the estate devolved on Sir Francis Mansel, first baronet, and Catherine his wife. As part of the Muddlescwm estate, Sir Francis also inherited Llandeilo Abercywyn, which was sold off along with other properties in 1660. The family remained at Muddlescwm until the death without issue of Sir Edward Mansel, fourth baronet in 1670, when the estate was partitioned between his two sisters, Barbara and Anne. The Muddlescwm estate appears to have been acquired by the Owen family of Orielton, Pembrokeshire, during the 18th century. The depositor is descended from this Owen family.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds, with a very few papers, 1287-1696, relating to the Muddlescwm estate in Carmarthenshire, especially in the Kidwelly and Pembrey area, and in Cheriton and Llanrhidian in Glamorgan.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

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: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at NLW and HMC.The catalogue 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 Mrs Aline M. Spence-Colby of Donnington Hall, Herefordshire, in 1938.


Related material: Further papers relating to the Mansel family and the Muddlescwm estate are Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Mansel Deeds and Documents.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: G. Milwyn Griffiths, 'Deposited collections, 30, the Spence-Colby collections', National Library of Wales Journal, vol. X, (1957-58); Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire 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: January 2002

Deeds | Wales | Cheriton (Swansea)
Deeds | Wales | Kidwelly
Deeds | Wales | Llanrhidian
Deeds | Wales | Pembrey
Estate administration | Wales | Carmarthenshire
Mansel family, | of Muddlescwm | Archives
Muddlescombe Estate (Wales) | Archives

Personal names
Mansel family , of Muddlescwm

Corporate names
Muddlescombe Estate (Wales)


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