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National Library of Wales
Cwrtmawr collection of Welsh deeds

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CWRTMAWR

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Cwrtmawr Deeds

Short Title: Cwrtmawr collection of Welsh deeds

Creation date(s): 1515-1898 (accumulated [1891]-[1926])

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.073 cubic metres (1,753 items)

Name of creator(s): John Humphreys Davies (1871-1926)


Administrative/Biographical history: John Humphreys Davies (1871-1926) of Cwrtmawr, Llangeitho, Cardiganshire, was a bibliographer, and Principal of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1919-1926. He had a deep interest in Welsh literature and culture, manifested in his acquisition of a vast collection of Welsh manuscripts, books and deeds. Davies was one of the chief supporters of the National Library of Wales before and after its foundation, and he bequeathed his collection to the Library.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds and documents, 1515-1898, relating principally to Wales, in particular Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Monmouthshire and Glamorgan. The collection does not relate to a single particular family or estate, but the Cardiganshire documents mainly relate to Aberystwyth and Llanbadarn Fawr.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically within two groups: deeds and documents, 1515-1898 (no's 1-1652), and additional deeds and documents, 1720-1895 (no's 1653-1753).

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 regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated and bequeathed by John Humphreys Davies, Cwrtmawr, 1926.


Related material: Further papers collected by John Humphreys Davies are in National Library of Wales, Cwrtmawr Manuscripts.


Note: Title derived from domicile of the donor, J. H. Davies.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: National Library of Wales, Schedule of Cwrt Mawr Deeds.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003.

Deeds | Wales | Aberystwyth
Deeds | Wales | Carmarthenshire
Deeds | Wales | Ceredigion
Deeds | Wales | Glamorgan
Deeds | Wales | Llanbadarn Fawr (Ceredigion)
Deeds | Wales | Monmouthshire

Personal names
Davies , John H. (John Humphreys) , 1871-1926

Corporate names

Aberystwyth (Wales)
Cardiganshire (Wales)
Carmarthenshire (Wales)
Glamorgan (Wales)
Llanbadarn Fawr (Ceredigion, Wales)
Monmouthshire (Wales)

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