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Brigstocke collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 BRICKE

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Brigstocke Collection

Short Title: Brigstocke collection

Creation date(s): 1813-1948

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.119 cubic metres (4 boxes, 1 roll)

Name of creator(s): Brigstocke family of Blaenpant, Llandygwydd


Administrative/Biographical history: The original residence of the Brigstocke family in Wales was Llechdwnni in the parish of Llandefaelog, Carmarthenshire. The reversion of the Llechdwnni estate was sold by Morris Bowen to John Brigstocke (1604-1640) for £528. His great-grandson, William Brigstocke (1686-1725), acquired the Blaen-pant estate in the parish of Llandygwydd, Cardiganshire, through his marriage to Elizabeth, daughter and sole heir of William Jenkins of Blaen-pant and Carrog. Their son, William Brigstocke (1708-1751) of Blaen-pant and Llechdwnni, married Mary, heiress of Francis Lloyd of Glyn, Carmarthenshire, in 1739.
Owen's son was William Owen Brigstocke (1761-1831),of Blaenpant, Llechdwnni and Gellidywyll. He inherited the Gellidywyll estate in Cenarth, Carmarthenshire, in 1795 when Captain Thomas Lewes left the estate to him, his nearest blood relative. Gellidywyll remained a seat of the family until the latter part of the nineteenth century, when it was sold to the Earl of Cawdor. William Owen Brigstocke (1784-1861), son of William Owen Brigstocke died without issue, and the estate passed to his nephew, another William Owen Brigstocke (1831-1900) of Blaenpant. His heir, Augustus Brigstocke (1854-1930), sold the Blaenpant estate in the early twentieth cenury.
Llechdwnni was inherited by Augustus Henry Brigstocke, grandson of William Owen Brigstocke (1761-1831). Augustus died without issue in 1909, and devised Llechdwnni to his sister, Isabella Fegan who sold the estate.
The family also appear to have acquired the manor of Ashey and Ryde on the Isle of Wight following the marriage of William Owen Brigstocke's (1761-1831), fourth son Thomas Robert, with Elizabeth Lydia Player, only surviving daughter and heiress of George Player of Ryde House and Ashey.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds, 1813-[ c . 1870], relating to properties in the parish of St Peter, Carmarthen, and in the parish of Cenarth, Carmarthenshire; family papers comprising copies of wills, chancery pleadings, genealogical papers of the Brigstocke family and related West Wales families, including the Pryse family of Gogerddan, an index to the Golden Grove Book, and letters, 1914-1948; and papers relating to the manor of Ashey and Ryde, formerly belonging to the Player family, 1721-1822.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by date of receipt. The July 1947 deposit is arranged chronologically; the 1957 bequest is arranged by record type.

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 catalogues are available at NLW and HMC. Online catalogues can be accessed from


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated and bequeathed to NLW have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mr G.R. Brigstocke, Ryde, Isle of Wight in July 1947; and bequeathed by the late G.R. Brigstocke in 1957.


Related material: Further papers relating to the Brigstocke family are Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Brigstocke Family Papers; and National Library of Wales, W. Evans George, Griffith E. Owen (uncatalogued), and NLW MSS 22737-42.


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: The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 , (London, 1959); Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their famil ies , (Pembrokeshire, 1997); Jones, Francis, Historic Cardiganshire Homes and their families , (Newport, 2000).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR 2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2002

Brigstocke family, | of Blaenpant and Llechdwny | Archives
Manors | England | Ashey and Ryde

Personal names
Brigstocke family , of Blaenpant and Llechdwny
Player family , of Ryde House

Corporate names
Ashey and Ryde Manor (England)


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