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Owen, Trevor, Canon, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 TREWEN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Canon Trevor Owen Papers

Short Title: Owen, Trevor, Canon, papers

Creation date(s): 1668-1883

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.058 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Richard Trevor Owen


Administrative/Biographical history: Canon Richard Trevor Owen (d. 1916) lived at Bodelwyddan, Flintshire. He was the vicar of Llangedwyn, 1869-1901 and vicar of Bodelwyddan, 1901-1916; a keen antiquarian, he was secretary of the Cambrian Archaeological Association, 1879-1914, and editor of Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1879-1880s. Bodelwyddan was previously the residence of John Williams, grandson of Sir William Williams (`Speaker Williams', 1634-1700).


Scope and content/abstract: Manuscripts and papers collected by Canon Trevor Owen (d. 1916). They include a group of papers of Sir William Williams ('Speaker Williams', 1634-1700), papers of John Williams (1700-87), attorney-general of the Chester Circuit and Chief Justice of the Brecon Circuit, and papers of John Roberts, Maes-y-porth ([1767]-1824), deputy registrar of the diocese of Bangor. The papers of Sir William Williams include personal papers and correspondence mainly relating to his purchase of the Llanforda estate, 1678-88; papers and correspondence re his offences and fine in scandalum magnatum against James II and the Earl of Peterborough, 1684-9; legal papers linked with his work, 1675-98; political papers and correspondence concerning parliamentary proceedings and the religious issues of the Stuart period, 1668-c. 1700; and printed political pamphlets and poetry, 1676-[1697x1700]. The papers of John Williams all relate to his legal work, c.1740 x c.1787. Canon Trevor Owen's own papers comprise deeds, mainly for lands in Denbigh, 1741-1883, and correspondence about a legal case, 1882-3. The papers of John Roberts comprise deeds, 1773-c. 1820, and correspondence, 1800-17, connnected with his work as deputy registrar of Bangor, and Maes y porth estate deeds, papers and correspondence, 1774-1827. The collection also contains deeds re premises in Neston, Cheshire, 1731-1802; and miscellaneous 18th-19th century papers.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: papers of Sir William Williams (1634-1700), Speaker of the House of Commons and Solicitor-General; papers of John Williams (1700-87) Attorney-General 56 of the Chester circuit and Chief Justice of the Brecon circuit; papers of Canon Trevor Owen; papers of John Roberts of Maes y Porth, solicitor and deputy registrar of the diocese of Bangor; deeds re premises in Neston, Cheshire; and miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions unless poor condition precludes handling.

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 can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The papers described in this schedule were purchased by the National Library of Wales from a Chester bookseller in 1914 who had, in turn, bought them from Canon Trevor Owen of Bodelwyddan, Flintshire. The presence of the papers of Sir William Williams and his grandson John Williams can be explained by the fact that John Williams'father received on his marriage the Bodelwyddan estate, and Bodelwyddan in time became the residence both of John Williams and Canon Trevor Owen. No obvious explanation can be offered for the presence of the papers of John Roberts or of the deeds relating to premises in the parish of Neston in Cheshire.

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased 1914.


Related material: Further papers of Sir William Williams are NLW, Wynnstay Archives and Coedymaen; papers of John Roberts NLW MS 1245D; and further items from the library of Canon Trevor Owen NLW MSS 2771-88.


Note: Title supplied from a previous owner of the archive. Some of the Maes y Porth deeds and documents post-date the death of John Roberts.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Canon Trevor Owen Papers; 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: March 2003

Deeds | England | Neston (Cheshire)
Deeds | Wales | Denbigh
Deeds | Wales | Maes y porth (Anglesey)
Great Britain | History | 17th century | pamphlets
Great Britain | History | James II, 1685-1688
Great Britain | Politics and government | 17th century
Great Britain | Religion | 17th century
Lawyers | Wales | Archives

Personal names
Owen , Trevor , d. 1916
Peterborough , Charles Mordaunt , 1658-1735 , Earl of
Roberts , John , 1767-1824
Williams , John , 1700-1787
Williams , William , 1634-1700 , Sir

Corporate names

Denbigh (Wales)
Llanforda (Shropshire, England)
Neston (Cheshire, England)

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