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Howard de Walden, genealogical papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 HOWDEN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Howard de Walden Genealogical Papers

Short Title: Howard de Walden, genealogical papers

Creation date(s): 1870-1921

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.318 cubic metres (8 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Lord Howard de Walden; Owen Rhoscomyl


Administrative/Biographical history: Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis (1880-1946), landowner, writer and patron of the arts, was the eighth Baron Howard de Walden and fourth Baron Seaford. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and served in the Boer War and the First World War. In 1899 he succeeded his father and later in 1901 inherited control of estates in London and elsewhere. He also acquired property in Kenya and Wales. He was interested in antiquarianism, including genealogy, heraldry and armour, and was an editor and benefactor of The Complete Peerage. His family was of Welsh descent and he had an interest in Welsh history and also learnt the language. He lived for years at Chirk Castle, Denbighshire. He had a particular interest in the theatre and was a patron to many amateur theatre companies and dramatists in Wales. His last full-length play was produced in 1924. Arthur Owen Vaughan ('Owen Rhoscomyl', 1863-1919), born Robert Scourfield Mills, author and adventurer, was born in Southport, Merseyside, and brought up in Tremeirchion, Flintshire. When a boy he ran away to sea and worked in many differet countries. He rose to the rank of colonel in 1914. Owen Rhoscomyl was the author of many novels and historical works, and collaborated with Lord Howard de Walden in a drama entitled The Children of Don (1912).


Scope and content/abstract: Genealogical material compiled for Lord Howard de Walden during the early years of his tenancy of Chirk Castle, comprising transcripts of manuscripts containing Welsh genealogies compiled under the supervision of Arthur Owen Vaughan ('Owen Rhoscomyl'); letters, 1906-1921, mainly addressed to Arthur Owen Vaughan, relating to antiquarian and genealogical matters, academic research, etc.; genealogical notes, pedigrees, transcripts of wills, etc.; and an account book, 1870-1872, of the Chirk Castle Estate.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following : transcripts; correspondence; miscellaneous papers; account book.

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. 56-58, at the National Library of Wales.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: Held at Chirk Castle until deposited at NLW.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the National Trust, Trinity Square, Llandudno, in February 1984


Related material: Thirty-five deeds and documents, c. 1356-1552, relating mainly to properties in the lordship of Chirk and Chirkland, donated by Lord Howard de Walden in 1945/6, are held at NLW. Also, NLW MSS 4980-4973 and 4988 were donated by him in 1924. Further papers of Owen Rhoscomyl are in NLW, Arthur Owen Vaughan (Owen Rhoscomyl) Papers, and some four hundred letters, 1903-1919, from him are included among the J. Glyn Davies Papers at NLW. The Chirk Castle estate archive is also held at NLW.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW Minor Lists and Summaries (1984); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford University Press).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Howard de Walden, Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis, | Baron, | b. 1880 | Archives
Wales | Genealogy

Personal names
Howard de Walden , Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis , b. 1880 , Baron
Vaughan , Arthur Owen

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