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National Library of Wales
Griffith, Edward, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 EDWITH

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Edward Griffith Papers

Short Title: Griffith, Edward, papers

Creation date(s): 1511-1905 (accumulated [late 19th century]-[?1918])

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.086 cubic metres (3 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Edward Griffith (1832-1918)


Administrative/Biographical history: Edward Griffith (1832-1918) was born in Barmouth, Merionethshire, but grew up in Dolgellau, where he later set up business as a draper. He was also a noted local historian and wrote articles about the history of the Quakers in Merionethshire and accounts of his early life. He also collected deeds and documents, mainly relating to properties in Dolgellau and its surrounding parishes.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds and documents, 1511-1905, relating to premises mainly in Merionethshire, including Dolgellau, Merionethshire, Llanfachreth, Brithdir, Llangelynnin and Llanelltyd.


Language/scripts of material: English, early deeds in Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically. Following donation, the records were sorted into three boxes, numbered and catalogued on slips; but no typewritten schedule was produced. In 1958, a schedule was produced for the contents of one box. Since the original catalogue was unsatisfactory, the entire collection was re-catalogued and the 1958 schedule has now been withdrawn. The new schedule incorporates both the deeds included in the 1958 schedule and those in the remaining two boxes. To avoid confusion, the numbers on the deeds in the 1958 schedule (nos 1-97) have been retained, but the documents in the other two boxes have been re-numbered. The new schedule contains a table of concordance between the old and new numbers as well as an index of page references.

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 by Mrs J. M. Owen, Caernarfon, and Mrs Trevor Owen, Swansea, (daughters of Edward Griffith), 1918.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Many earlier records were collected by Edward Griffith.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: National Library of Wales, Schedule of Edward Griffith Collection; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959).

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 | Dolgellau
Deeds | Wales | Merioneth

Personal names
Griffith , Edward , 1832-1918

Corporate names

Brithdir (Gwynedd, Wales)
Dolgellau (Wales)
Llanelltyd (Wales)
Llanfachreth (Wales)
Llangelynnin (Gwynedd, Wales)

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