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Dynevor, Lord (9th Baron), papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 LORDYN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Lord Dynevor (9th Baron) Papers

Short Title: Dynevor, Lord (9th Baron), papers

Creation date(s): [c.1870]-1985

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.1 cubic metres (11 boxes, 1 wallet)

Name of creator(s): Richard Charles Uryan Rhys, 9th Baron Dynevor (born 1935).


Administrative/Biographical history: Richard Charles Uryan Rhys, 9th Baron Dynevor was born in 1935, the son of the 8th Baron Dynevor. He was educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1959 he married Lucy Catherine King, the only daughter of Sir John Knewstub Maurice Rothenstein CBE. They had one son and three daughters. The marriage was dissolved in 1978. The heir is Hon. Hugo Griffith Uryan Rhys, born 19 November 1966. The 9th Baron lives in London, and his chief interest lies in the Black Raven Book Press of which he is a director. In 1962 Lord Dynevor inherited the remaining holdings of the Llandeilo Estate, comprising 23 farms, and 2,000 acres (8 km²), a ruined castle, a deer park with a herd of rare long horned white cattle, and substantial death duties bill. The death duties were owed on both the 7th and 8th Barons. Attempts were made to save the patrimony but eventually the castle was sold to a private buyer in 1974. The National Trust bought the deer park and the outer park at Dinefwr in 1987. Newton House was purchased by the Trust in 1990 having been through several hands since first sold by Lord Dynevor in 1974. It was in a very poor state of repair. The East Drive was acquired in 1992. The Home Farm was acquired in 2002. Cadw and the National Trust now control the estate of some 700 acres (3 km²).


Scope and content/abstract: The collection comprises late nineteenth century lists, abstracts and transcripts of deeds and documents of Rhys family and Dynevor estate interest, 31 Edw. I-1720; newspaper cuttings and letters relating to Charles A. U. Rhys, 8th Baron, 1918-1930; correspondence and papers relating to the publications of the Black Raven Press, 1965-1985, a publishing company owned by Lord Dynevor; typescript scripts of productions by the Richard Rhys production company, 1961-1982, also owned by Lord Dynevor. These include works by the following playwrights: Gerald Hanley, James Hanley, Gwyn Thomas and R. S. Thomas.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged as follows: Black Raven Press; Richard Rhys Productions; 2005 group.

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 (excluding the 2005 group) is available at the National Library of Wales at NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 2000, pp. 22-24. The catalogue to the whole collection can also be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Lord Dynevor, December 1999 and June 2005.


Related material: A video copy of 'The Airy Tomb', a poem by R. S. Thomas, adapted into a film, and directed by Emyr Humphreys, is available at the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales (579). Photographs by Lewis Morley of scenes from the plays 'Loud Organs' by Gwyn Thomas and 'Say Nothing' by James Hanley, and costume scenes by Sir Albert Richardson, 1957, for 'Loud Organs' were transferred to the former Department of Pictures and Maps (020004368 and 0200004363); together with photographs of George Rice, 4th Baron Dynevor (020004373), and Rees Rees, Dynevor farm bailiff (0200004362). The papers of Charles Arthur Uryan Rhys, 8th Baron Dynevor (1899-1962) were donated to the National Library at the same time. THe National also holds the Dynevor Estate archive.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, list of the Lord Dynevor (9th Baron) Papers, in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1999, pp. 22-24; Who's Who, 2006; Wikipedia, consulted 8 September 2006.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2006

Authors and publishers | England | Archives
Drama | 20th century
Dynevor, Richard Charles Uryan Rhys, | Baron, | 1935- | Archives
Publishers and publishing

Personal names
Dynevor , Richard Charles Uryan Rhys , 1935- , Baron
Thomas , Gwyn , 1913-1981
Thomas , R. S. (Ronald Stuart) , 1913-2000

Corporate names
Black Raven Press
Richard Rhys Productions


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