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National Library of Wales
Nefydd, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSNEFYDD

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Nefydd Manuscripts

Short Title: Nefydd, manuscripts

Creation date(s): [1600] x [1952]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 127 vols

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history: William Roberts ('Nefydd'; 1813-1872), was a native of Bryngoleu, Denbighshire. He was a Baptist minister, printer, author and fervent eisteddfodwr. He also served as the South Wales representative of the British & Foreign Schools Society. From his father he learned the art of shoemaking, but he also began preaching, especially in Mold, Flintshire and Liverpool. In 1945 he moved to Monmouthshire, where he became minister of the Baptist church at Blaenau Gwent. For some years he also edited Seren Gomer. He built up an extensive personal library which included a copy of the Red Book of St Asaph, the diaries of Edmund Jones (1702-1793), Pontypool, and the notebooks of the Rev. Christmas Evans (1766-1838). He also ran a bookshop for a while. Most of his own papers relate to Welsh poetry and sermons.


Scope and content/abstract: Miscellaneous manuscripts in the hand of Nefydd, of various sources, 1546-1858, including an incomplete register of Welsh books, 1546-1711, his diaries, 1835 and 1852, drafts of addresses and speeches; the manuscripts of Benjamin Jones (P.A. Mon), 1801-1813; manuscript material concerning the Rev. Daniel Jones; sermons, poetry, and essays; and letters, 1839-1872, addressed to Nefydd.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English, unless otherwise specified.

System of arrangement: Arranged into NLW MSS 7011-7189, 7768-7779, 9367-9369, 22262-22268.

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: The catalogue is available online. Descriptions of the various groups are also available in hard copy in the 'Handlist of NLW MSS', vol. 2 (Aberystwyth, 1951) and vol. 3 (Aberystwyth, 1961).


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: NLW MSS 7011-7175 were presented to the National Library in 1930 by Mr. Caleb Lewis, Blaenau, son-in-law of Nefydd, NLW MSS 7176-7189 being presented at the same time by Miss Lily Roberts, Muswell Hill, London. NLW MSS 7768-7779 were presented in 1933 by Mr. Caleb Lewis, who also presented NLW MSS 9367-9369 in 1934. NLW MSS 22262-22268 were presented by Nant-y-glo Comprehensive School, Gwent, through Mr Graham Thomas of Abertyleri, in 1986.


Related material: 'Nefydd' also possessed another and more valuable group of letters of Baptist interest, which originally formed part of the materials collected by Ellis Evans, Cefnmawr (1786-1864), towards his incomplete Hanes y Bedyddwyr ... 1860-. These letters were subsequently acquired by J. Spinther James, author of Hanes y Bedyddwyr yng Nghymru ... , 1896-1907, and finally by Principal J. H. Davies; they are now in the Cwrtmawr Collection in the National Library of Wales and are described by Irene George (now Mrs. Lloyd-Williams) in 'Llawysgrifau a Chofysgrifau'r Bedyddwyr yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru' in Seren Gomer , 1935, pp. 145-9. See also Seren Gomer , 1936, pp. 110-13.


Archivist's note: This description was compiled by Siân Medi Davies for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2005

Baptists | Clergy | Biography
Roberts, William, | 1813-1872 | Archives
Roberts, William, | 1813-1872 | Diaries

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Roberts , William , 1813-1872

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