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Bontdolgadfan (Williams family) papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 BONFAN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Bontdolgadfan (Williams family) Papers

Short Title: Bontdolgadfan (Williams family) papers

Creation date(s): 1741-1920

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.009 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): Williams family of Bontdolgadfan


Administrative/Biographical history: William Williams ('Gwilym Cyfeiliog') (1801-1876), born in Winllan, Llanbrynmair, Montgomeryshire, was the son of Richard Williams, a Calvinistic minister and Mary Williams (formerly Howell). In about 1822, he acquired land in Bontdolgadfan, Llanbrynmair, Montgomeryshire, and remained there for the rest of his life, establishing a strong association with the area. He held the posts of vestry clerk, and Assistant Overseer of the Poor, 1867-1870. From 1823 his poetry and hymns (as 'Gwilym Cyfeiliog') were frequently published. His brother, the Rev. Richard Williams (1802-1842) was a Calvinistic Methodist minister at Liverpool. William Williams married three times, to Anne Evans, of Minffordd, in 1828, to Mary Morris, of Dolgwyddyl, Trefeglwys, in 1834, and to Mary Evans, of Tyn-llwyn, Llanbrynmair (d. 1891), in 1845. He had ten children, including Richard Williams, of Celynog, Newtown (1835-1906), William, Evan (c. 1855-1875), Sarah (afterwards Roberts) (c. 1865-1917) who married John Roberts in 1900, Hannah (-1889), Anne, Elen (afterwards Griffiths), Mary (afterwards Wigley) who moved to America [c. 1850] and the Rev. John Williams (1857-1908) minister at Ffestiniog, Dolgellau and Wrexham. He was involved in temperance societies in Machynlleth. John Williams' children included William Emyr, J. Baldwyn and Eluned. The family accumulated many papers relating to Llanbrynmair, including records of eisteddfodau, Bontdolgadfan Calvinistic Methodist chapel, temperance and friendly societies, and the diary of Richard Tibbott, who was Congregationalist minister of Llanbrynmair, 1741-2.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of the Williams family of Bontdolgadfan, including deeds for property in Bontdolgadfan, 1731-1877 (these remain uncatalogued); Bontdolgadfan Calvinistic Methodist chapel baptism register, 1812-1864, records of Bontdolgadfan Welsh and English chapels, Machynlleth, 1867-1877; papers relating to eisteddfodau at Bontdolgadfan, Llanbrynmair and Machynlleth, 1870-1923; account and memorandum books relating to the Post Office, Bontdolgadfan, 1884-1902; records of the Llanbrynmair Agricultural School Library, 1845-1847; balance sheets of the [Llanbrynmair] Friendly Society, 1858-1876; family correspondence, school exercise books and personal papers of the Williams, Griffiths and Roberts families, 1836-1922, journal or autobiography of the Rev. Richard Williams, 1802-1842; records of the overseers of the poor for Llanbrynmair, 1744-1876; records of Maglona Lodge of Good Templars, Machynlleth and other societies, 1863-1877; sermon notes, 1816-1917; and diary of Richard Tibbott, 1741-1742.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged into NLW MSS 16728-16789 and NLW MSS 18435-7.

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.

Detailed catalogue


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 W. Emyr Williams and Miss M. Eluned Williams, Wrexham, in 1943 and 1963, and by Mrs Angharad Lloyd Roberts and Mr J. Baldwyn Williams, Wrexham, and Mrs Elinor Evans, Aberystwyth, 1972.


Related material: Further records are National Library of Wales, Gwilym Evans Papers, 1873-1976. A large number of reports of local societies and chapels in Machynlleth and Llanbrynmair are held in the printed holdlings of the National Library of Wales.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, (London, 1959).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2003

Bethel (Church : Bont Dolgadfan, Wales) | Records and correspondence
Calvinistic Methodists | Wales | Bont Dolgadfan
Deeds | Wales | Bont Dolgadfan
Religious institutions | Wales | Powys
Temperance societies | Wales
Williams family, | of Bont Dolgadfan | Archives

Personal names
Gwilym Cyfeiliog , 1801-1876
Tibbott , Richard , 1719-1798
Williams family , of Bont Dolgadfan

Corporate names
Bethel (Church : Bont Dolgadfan, Wales)

Bont Dolgadfan (Wales)
Llanbrynmair (Wales)
Machynlleth (Wales)

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