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Millingchamp, Benjamin, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSBENMILL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Benjamin Millingchamp Manuscripts

Short Title: Millingchamp, Benjamin, manuscripts

Creation date(s): [17 cent.]-1829, 1940

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 28 volumes.

Name of creator(s): Benjamin Millingchamp (1756-1829); Herbert Millingchamp Vaughan (1870-1948)


Administrative/Biographical history: Archdeacon Benjamin Millingchamp (1756-1829), D.D., was the son of Benjamin Millingchamp of Cardigan, by his wife, Anne Gambold. He was born at Cardigan in 1756 and was educated at Ystradmeurig School, under the Rev. John Williams, and afterwards at Queens' College and Merton College, Oxford, where he graduated, and later took the degree of Doctor of Divinity. He was ordained in 1777 by Bishop Yorke at Abergwili, and in early 1779 went to India as chaplain on board HMS Superbe, the flag-ship of Admiral Sir Edward Hughes, K.B. Leaving the Navy in July 1782, he became chaplain of Fort St George, Madras, a post he retained for some fifteen years, besides a two year leave of absence. In the summer of 1791 he began studying Persian, in the process acquiring a number of Persian manuscripts, and wrote various interesting accounts of Indian scenes and places. He returned from Madras a comparatively wealthy man in 1797 and bought the house and estate of Plas Llangoedmore, near Cardigan, in 1801. He married Sarah Rawlinson of Grantham in 1798. He was successively Rector of Rushall in Wiltshire, prebendary of St. Davids, and, from 1825, Archdeacon of Carmarthen. He died at Plas Llangoedmore on 6 January 1829.
Millingchamp's only child, Sarah, was married in 1825 to Colonel Herbert Vaughan, second son of John Vaughan-Lloyd of Brynog, Greengrove and Tyllwyd in Cardiganshire. Their second son, John Vaughan (b. 1830), settled in Queensland, but returned after the death of his elder brother in 1855. John's eldest son was Herbert Millingchamp Vaughan (1870-1948), an historian and author. He sold Plas Llangoedmore in 1924 and went to live in Tenby.


Scope and content/abstract: Manuscripts of Benjamin Millingchamp, [17 cent.]-1829, including manuscripts of Persian poetry and prose, [17 cent.]-[18 cent.]; translations of Persian works, [?18 cent., last ¼]-[early 19 cent.]; manuscripts in Hindustani and Rekhta, [18 cent., last ¼]; letters and papers, 1778-1829, including Millingchamp's certificate of proficiency in Persian; Indian travel journals, 1781-1782; a diary, 1796; and sermons, [late 18 cent.]-[early 19 cent.]. Also included is Herbert M. Vaughan's biography of Millingchamp, 1940.


Language/scripts of material: English, Persian, Arabic, Chinese, Hindustani, Rekhta, French.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 3473A, 4391-4412, 13915-6B, 13933-5.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: The descriptions for NLW MSS 3473A, 4409A and 4411-2 are also available in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943).
A detailed list of the contents of NLW MSS 4391-4408 and 4410B may be found in NLW, Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts, Persian, Arabic, and Hindustani, compiled by Herman Ethé (Aberystwyth, 1916); this is available at the Internet Archive: (viewed 18 November 2013).


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Herbert Millingchamp Vaughan, Plas Llangoedmore and Tenby, great-grandson of Benjamin Millingchamp, April 1912 (NLW MSS 4391-4412), June 1940 (NLW MS 3473A), November 1940 (NLW MSS 13933-5), and May 1941 (NLW MSS 13915-6B).


Related material: For letters from Herbert M. Vaughan relating to Benjamin Millingchamp see NLW MS 13485C; other papers relating to the family are NLW, Plas Llangoedmor Deeds and Documents and NLW, Morgan Richardson Solicitors Collection; other manuscripts donated by Herbert M. Vaughan are NLW MSS 4413-4; books owned by Benjamin Millingchamp are also in the National Library of Wales.


Note: Title based on contents.

Archivist's note: This description was compiled by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Rhys Morgan Jones. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts, Persian, Arabic, and Hindustani, compiled by Herman Ethé (Aberystwyth, 1916); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2005 and November 2013

Millingchamp family, | of Plas Llangoedmor | Archives
Millingchamp, Benjamin, | 1756-1829
Millingchamp, Benjamin, | 1756-1829 | Archives
Persian literature | India
Persian literature | Translations into English
Persian poetry | India

Personal names
Millingchamp , Benjamin , 1756-1829
Vaughan , Herbert M. (Herbert Millingchamp) , 1870-1948

Corporate names

Cardigan (Wales)
India ()

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