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Castell Gorfod manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CASFOD

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Castell Gorfod Manuscripts

Short Title: Castell Gorfod manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1588-1911 (accumulated [mid 19th century]-1920)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.344 cubic metres (82 volumes, 2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Joseph Joseph (fl. 1855-1890); Capt. James Buckley (1869-1924)


Administrative/Biographical history: Joseph Joseph, FSA, of Brecon (died [1890]), was a collector of manuscripts and documents. He acquired manuscripts of the antiquarians Theophilus Jones (1759-1812) and William Owen Pughe (1759-1835). His collection was expanded by his grandson, Capt. James Buckley (1869-1924) of Castell Gorfod, St Clears, Carmarthenshire, author of Genealogies of the Carmarthenshire Sheriffs (Carmarthen, 1910-1913, 2 vols).


Scope and content/abstract: Manuscripts and rare books relating mostly to the counties of Brecknockshire and Carmarthenshire, on subjects such as history, topography and especially genealogy, 1604-1859, including a transcript of the Golden Grove Book of pedigrees and other pedigrees, relating mainly to South Wales families; 19th century transcripts and copies of letters, including some from Sir Walter Raleigh, [1624]-[1807]; lists of Carmarthenshire sheriffs and Brecknockshire Lords Lieutenant, 1809-1849; parts of original manuscripts of Theophilus Jones and William Owen Pughe, [1792]-[1805]; notebooks and scrapbooks, 1839; and various annotated printed books; and deeds and other documents, 1588-1911, relating mostly to properties in Brecknockshire (particularly in the parish of Bronllys), with a few relating to Carmarthen and Swansea.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: manuscripts and books with manuscript notes; and deeds and documents.

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 deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: Some of the manuscripts previously belonged to Theophilus Jones of Brecon and William Owen Pughe.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Captain James Buckley of Castell Gorfod, St Clears, 1920.


Publication note: The manuscripts on Carmarthenshire sheriffs were used by James Buckley for his Genealogies of the Carmarthenshire Sheriffs (Carmarthen, 1910-1913).


Note: Title based on the domicile of the donor.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Schedule of Castell Gorfod Manuscripts; Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 17th ed., 1952); Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families (Newport, Pembrokeshire, 1997); NLW, W. W. Price Biographical Index (unpublished).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003; minor amendments May 2005

Carmarthenshire (Wales) | Genealogy
Deeds | Wales | Bronllys
Joseph, Joseph | Manuscripts
Powys (Wales) | Genealogy
Powys (Wales) | History

Personal names
Buckley , James , 1869-1924
Jones , Theophilus , 1759-1812
Joseph , Joseph
Pughe , W. Owen (William Owen) , 1759-1835
Raleigh , Walter , 1552?-1618

Corporate names

Bronllys (Wales)
Carmarthenshire (Wales)

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