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Williams, Henry Rumsey, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 RUMWILLIAMS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Henry Rumsey Williams Papers

Short Title: Williams, Henry Rumsey, papers

Creation date(s): 1634-1928

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.876 cubic metres (31 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Henry Rumsey Williams

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Henry Rumsey Williams (1774-1841), solicitor, was born in Crickhowell, Brecknockshire. By 1793 he was a clerk to the recorder of the borough of Caernarfon, where he became a qualified attorney in 1795. He married Anne Bettiss in the late 1790s, and they had at least ten children. Williams became legal representative of landed families in Caernarfonshire, especially the Conservative landowners, including the Assheton Smiths of Faenol, the Newboroughs of Glynllifon and the Pennants of Penrhyn, as well as many gentry families in both Anglesey and Caernarfonshire, and also leading members of the burgeoning middle class in Caernarfon. He undertook electioneering for the Tory party in Caernarfon, particularly after the reformation of the Caernarfon corporation in 1835. By his death in 1841, Williams owned properties in Brecknockshire, Monmouthshire and Caernarfonshire. After his death, there followed a series of legal disputes concerning his estate, of which his son, Edward Rumsey Williams, was executor.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1634-1928, mostly deriving from and relating to the legal practice of Henry Rumsey Williams, comprising draft conveyances, abstracts of title, letters, accounts and miscellaneous papers of clients, including the estate of Wynn of Glynllifon, 1719-1840, the Griffiths family of Caernarfon and Amwlch, 1726-[1830s], Jared Jackson, 1760-1836, Plasgwyn estate, 1761-1846, Cefn Cwmwd estate, 1763-1828, Coed Helen estate, 1770-1838, Trergo estate, 1771-1832, Parry family, 1773-1788, Peniarth estate, 1773-1830, Orielton estate, 1774-1814, Bodior estate, 1778-1837, Faenol estate, 1778-1840, Arnold Robinson Burrowes, 1785-1837, Grindley family, [c. 1786]-1842, Morgan family, 1787-1839, Treiorwerth estate, 1787-1844, Evan Pritchard, 1788-1813, John Price, 1790-1844 Caerhun estate, 1791-1834, W. A. Madocks, 1799-1824, Nancall estate, 1802-1837, Morris Griffith, 1804-1832, Edward Griffith Roberts, 1805-1827, William Humphrey, 1805-1833, Plas Llanfair estate, 1805-1837, Baily Williams family, 1806-1838, Richard Garnons, 1809-1837, Cefn Hengwrt estate, 1810-1815, George Bettiss, 1810-1831, William Edwards, 1811-1836, Penrhyn estate, 1811-1837, Wyatt family, 1813-1835, Gelli Goch estate, 1815-1831, Anna Maria Wynne, 1816-1833, Robert Thomas, 1818-1839, Roberts family, 1818-1840, Bodegroes estate, 1819-1836, Hughes, Brydges and Granville, bankers, 1819-1840, Vickers family, 1820-1833, Boston estate, 1820-1839, Owen Griffith, 1822-1846, George Holmes Jackson, 1823-1841, the Rev. Hugh Hughes Wynne, 1831-1848, John Rowlands, 1832-1841, and Edward Hosier Williams, 1833, in Caernarfonshire, Anglesey, Denbighshire, and Merionethshire; legal correspondence, 1790-1848, probate records, 1727-1871, and papers relating to civil cases, 1757-1850, religion, 1788-1842, mining, 1779-1842, quarrying, 1798-1840, shipping, 1778- [c. 1841], roads and railways, 1834-1839; legal practice records, 1804-1841, and executorship papers, 1841-1855, belonging to Henry Rumsey Williams, and records of his family in Brecknockshire, Monmouthshire and Caernarfonshire, 1881-1928. Records relating to William's political activities have not survived.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: deeds, accounts, etc., of clients (arranged by client and thereafter chronologically); deeds, accounts, etc., relating to other properties in Wales and England; unlocated properties, various individuals, etc.; legal correspondence; civil cases; probate; religion; industry (mining; quarrying; others); shipping; roads and railways; papers of Henry Rumsey Williams (estate papers; legal practice; executorship papers); and miscellaneous papers, probably belonging to Henry Rumsey Williams' descendants.

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.

Physical characteristics: Most of the documents have been affected by damp, some quite severely.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

Detailed catalogue

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

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 Miss Eva Rumsey-Williams and Mrs Bell, London, descendants of Henry Rumsey Williams, per Mr P. H. Lawson, ARIBA, Chester, in 1942.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Further papers of estates represented in this collection are in NLW, Burdon Deeds (Peniarth estate); Caernarfon Record Office, Coed Helen papers, and Newborough Archives (Glynllifon estate); University of Wales Bangor, Rhiwlas and Rhiwedog Documents (Faenol estate), and Penrhyn Castle Papers; and Powys County Archives Service, Items relating to estates of William Wynne of Peniarth.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by David Moore for the ANW project. The following source was consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Henry Rumsey Williams Deeds and Documents.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Deeds | Wales | Anglesey
Deeds | Wales | Denbighshire
Deeds | Wales | Gwynedd
Glynllifon estate (Wales) | Archives
Railways | Wales | Gwynedd
Shipping | Wales | Gwynedd
Slate industry | Wales | Gwynedd | Archives
Solicitors | Wales | Caernarfon | Archives
Williams, Henry Rumsey, | 1774-1841 | Archives
Wills | Wales | Gwynedd

Personal names
Williams , Henry Rumsey , 1774-1841

Corporate names
Coed Helen Estate (Wales)
Faenol Estate (Wales)
Glynllifon Estate (Wales)
Peniarth Estate (Wales)
Penrhyn Estate (Gwynedd, Wales)

Places
Anglesey (Wales)
Caernarfon (Wales)
Caernarvonshire (Wales)
Denbighshire (Wales)
Glynllifon (Wales)
Merioneth (Wales)

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