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National Library of Wales
Roberts, John Bryn, collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 JBROBERTS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: John Bryn Roberts Collection

Short Title: Roberts, John Bryn, collection

Creation date(s): 1781-1928

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.2 cubic metres (7 boxes)

Name of creator(s): John Bryn Roberts


Administrative/Biographical history: John Bryn Roberts (1847-1931), a native of Bangor, Caernarfonshire, was a lawyer and a politician. He was a family member of Castell, Llanddeiniolen, Caernarfonshire. Educated at Cheltenham, he qualified as a solicitor in 1868, then was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1889, and in 1885 he became Liberal M.P. for the Eifion (South Caernarfonshire). In 1906, he became County Court judge in Glamorgan. In 1918 he was transferred to North Wales and Chester. He retired in 1921 and died in 1931. His Liberalism was of the old individualistic kind, and he disapproved strongly of both Socilaism and nationalism. He disapproved strongly of the 'Liberal Imperialism' of Asquith and Grey and he was strongly opposed to the Boer War. He was an upholder of the old-style Gladstonian Liberalism. He made no mark in the House of Commons and his speaking style made but little impression. He was a Calvinistic Methodist and an elder within the Church.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers collected by John Bryn Roberts, including correspondence, 1830-1887; legal certificates, 1863-1897; diaries, 1838-1930 kept by Bryn Roberts and some other members of the Roberts family; photographs, c. 1880-1924; notes on legal cases and topics, c. 1902-c. 1921; letters, 1888-1926, from John Bryn Roberts to the press; newspaper reports transcribed, 1883-1905; notes for his speeches, 1885-1905; notes on political topics, [c.1892]-[1926]; general notes, [1860]-[1894]; election addresses, 1885-1924; political leaflets and pamphlets, 1880-1927; official publications, 1889-1927; legal publications, 1863-1930; miscellaneous printed matter, 1883-1925; Calvinistic Methodist papers, 1844-1928; papers relating to the University of Wales, mainly the University College of North Wales, Bangor, 1882-1926; newspaper and magazine cuttings, 1874-1929; newspapers and periodicals, 1902-1928; bills and receipts, 1781-1926; notebooks and account books, 1833-1900.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: correspondence; memorial cards; certificates; diaries, medals; photographs, notes on law; letters to the press; newspaper transcripts; speeches; notes on political topics; various lists; miscellaneous notes; election addresses; leaflets; pamphlets; official publications; legal publications, miscellaneous printed matter; volumes; Calvinistic Methodist papers; University of Wales papers; cuttings; and receipts and accounts.

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 can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by A. Stanley Davies, Bangor, in 1932.


Publication note: The following two books were published before the current schedule to the collection was compiled. The references used in these volumes have been superseded as follows (old no. / new no.):
K. O. Morgan, 'Wales in British politics', p. 99, n.1 (-- / 771), p. 140, n.4 (69 / 288), p. 140, n.5 (102-105 / 292+), p. 141, n.2 (73 / 297), p. 156, n.3a (-- / 937), p. 156, n.3b (236 / 322), p. 158, n.2 (64 / 324), p. 167, n.1 (236 / 322), p. 194, n.5 (107 / 363), p. 197, n.5 (239 / 358), p. 197, n.6 (124 / 356), p. 297, n.1 (-- / see index).
M. Kinnear, 'The fall of Lloyd George', p. 271, n.5 (new no. 1111).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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 John Bryn Roberts Collection; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Eaton, Jack: Judge John Bryn Roberts. A biography (1989).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003

Calvinistic Methodists | Wales
Lawyers | Wales
Politicians | Wales
Politicians | Wales | Archives
Politics, Practical | Wales | 19th century
Politics, Practical | Wales | 20th century
Roberts, J. Bryn | (John Bryn), | 1847-1931 | Archives
Roberts, J. Bryn | (John Bryn), | 1847-1931 | Diaries
University College of North Wales | Archives
University of Wales | Archives
Wales | Politics and government | 19th century
Wales | Politics and government | 20th century

Personal names
Roberts , J. Bryn (John Bryn) , 1847-1931

Corporate names
Liberal Party (Great Britain)
University College of North Wales, Bangor
University of Wales


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