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National Library of Wales
Mysevin, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSMYSEVIN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Mysevin Manuscripts

Short Title: Mysevin, manuscripts

Creation date(s): [1540x1927]

Level of description: Fonds.

Extent: 42 volumes.

Name of creator(s): William Owen-Pughe; 'Iolo Morganwg'; and others.


Administrative/Biographical history: William Owen-Pughe was born in Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, Merioneth and brought up in a farmhouse called Egryn in Ardudwy. He moved to London in 1776, where he committed himself to the London Welsh community, becoming a member of both the Gwyneddigion Society and the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. He was made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and corresponded with many scholarly figures of his day. Like his contemporary 'Iolo Morganwg', who greatly influenced him, Pughe held somewhat idiosyncratic ideas concerning the Welsh language and its origins. His own literary output, however, was prolific and included lexicographical works such as A Grammar of the Welsh Language and A Welsh and English Dictionary (both 1803) and translations such as Coll Gwynfa (1819), a Welsh rendering of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'. He was also principal editor of The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales (1801-1807) and the short-lived periodical Y Greal (1805-1807) and was a regular contributor to the newspapers and magazine publications of his day. Pughe conducted a close relationship with the writer and prophet Joanna Southcott from around 1803 until her death in 1814. Pughe's son Aneurin Owen was a historical scholar who received much of his early education from his father. He edited Ancient Laws and Institutes of Wales; comprising the Laws ... by Howel the Good ... (London, 1841) and was also a major, though unacknowledged, contributor to the prodigious chronicle Brut y Tywysogion (1860).


Scope and content/abstract: Papers and manuscripts, [1540x1927], from the library of Dr William Owen-Pughe of Mysevin, relating primarily to Welsh literature and culture and to antiquarian subjects. The material includes correspondence addressed mainly to William Owen-Pughe, with a smaller number addressed to his son, Aneurin Owen, from prominent contemporary antiquarian and literary figures, including Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg'), Owen Jones ('Owain Myfyr'), Theophilus Jones, Richard Llwyd, Sir Richard Colt Hoare, Richard Fenton, Thomas Pennat and Edward ('Celtic') Davies; volumes and papers in the hand of William Owen-Pughe, 'Iolo Morganwg' and others; manuscripts and printed papers relating to the Gwyneddigion Society, the Cymreigyddion Society and the Cymmrodorion; diary entries of William Owen-Pughe, 1811-1835; and transcripts of unpublished letters and papers, 1792-1820, of the writer and prophet Joanna Southcott. NLW MS 13263 is a supplementary volume of letters which was presented separately to NLW (see 'Source of Acquisition' note).


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English, Latin, Hebrew, Cornish, Slavic (Other), French, Arabic, Greek, Manx.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 13221-13263.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their readers' tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Physical characteristics: Some of the papers are considerably damp-stained, torn, incomplete or discoloured.

Finding aids: The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).


Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: NLW MSS 13221-13262were purchased from Mr W. Churchill Owen of Mysevin in 1940; NLW MS 13263 was presented by Mr W. Churchill Owen in 1949.


Publication note: For a description of the collection see B. G. Owens, 'The Mysevin Manuscripts', The National Library of Wales Journal, II, 90-2. A typewritten catalogue was prepared in 1939.


Note: Title based on contents. Formerly known as Mysevin 1-41 + one previously unnumbered volume.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Y Bywgraffiadur Ar-lein viewed via WWW, 18 June 2010; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography WWW site, viewed 21 June 2010.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2010.

Iolo Morganwg, | 1747-1826 | Archives
Iolo Morganwg, | 1747-1826 | Correspondence
Owen, Aneurin, | 1792-1851 | Correspondence
Pughe, W. Owen | (William Owen), | 1759-1835 | Archives
Pughe, W. Owen | (William Owen), | 1759-1835 | Correspondence
Southcott, Joanna, | 1750-1814 | Archives
Southcott, Joanna, | 1750-1814 | Correspondence

Personal names
Iolo Morganwg , 1747-1826
Owen , Aneurin , 1792-1851
Pughe , W. Owen (William Owen) , 1759-1835
Southcott , Joanna , 1750-1814

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