ANW logo

Archives Network Wales

Search the collections:        Search help | Advanced search   | Browse by repository

Browse the indices: Combined(searchable) Personal names Corporate names Places Subjects



[New to Archives?]

[Family history]

[Admin menu]

List of repositories  |  List of collections at National Library of Wales  |  Repository home page  |  Contact details

National Library of Wales
Alaw Cowyn (Jacob Davies) papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 ALAWYN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Alaw Cowyn Papers

Short Title: Alaw Cowyn (Jacob Davies) papers

Creation date(s): 1883-1952 (accumulated [early 20th century]-1975)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.058 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Jacob Davies ('Alaw Cowyn', 1888-1973)


Administrative/Biographical history: Jacob Davies ('Alaw Cowyn', 1888-1973) came from Blaen-y-coed, Cynwyl Elfed, Carmarthenshire. He worked as a blacksmith at Felinfach Forge, Blaen-y-coed. He was a poet and composer, and author of Atgofion Bro Elfed (1966) and Hanes Pedair Ysgol (1975). He collected papers relating to the history of Congregational chapels in the Trelech area of Carmarthenshire, including the Gymanfa Ganu (hymn-singing festivals), and Pabell Blodau'r Grug (a branch of the Independent Order of Rechabites temperance movement) in Pen-y-bont, Trelech, Carmarthenshire.


Scope and content/abstract: Account books, 1883-1940, of Jacob Davies and his predecessor at Felinfach Forge, Blaen-y-coed, Cynwyl Elfed; a volume containing a history of Blaen-y-Coed Congregational church, 1895-1953; notebook containing miscellaneous accounts, 1910-1952, including wage accounts at Plasyrhendy, Boncath; memoranda and accounts, 1928-1945, relating to the Gymanfa Ganu of the Congregational chapels in the Trelech area of Carmarthenshire; minute book, 1912-1914, of 'Pabell Blodau'r Grug'; and musical and poetical compositions.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

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 in Minor Lists and Summaries 1984, pp. 1-2, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from David Harbourne, Cardiff, in December 1983 and January 1984



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Includes account books of predecessors acquired by Alaw Cowyn.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: National Library of Wales, Minor Lists and Summaries 1984; Dafoe, Stephen, "The Independent Order of Good Templars", Templar Magazine, vol. 1 no. 2, 2002; The Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu association website (, viewed September 2003.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2003

Blacksmiths | Wales | Cynwyl Elfed
Davies, Jacob, | 1888-1973 | Archives
Eglwys Annibynol Blaenycoed (Blaen-y-coed, Carmarthenshire, Wales) | History
Religious institutions | Wales | Carmarthenshire
Temperance | Wales | Carmarthenshire

Personal names
Davies , Jacob , 1888-1973

Corporate names
Eglwys Annibynol Blaenycoed (Blaen-y-coed, Carmarthenshire, Wales)
Independent Order of Rechabites | Pabell Blodau'r Grug (Trelech, Carmarthenshire, Wales)

Blaen-y-coed (Carmarthenshire, Wales)
Cynwyl Elfed (Wales)
Trelech (Carmarthenshire, Wales)

List of repositories  |  List of collections at National Library of Wales  |  Repository home page  |  Contact details