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Pryce, Shadrach, and Pryce, Lewis, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 SHAYCE

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Shadrach Pryce and Lewis Pryce Papers

Short Title: Pryce, Shadrach, and Pryce, Lewis, papers

Creation date(s): 1653-1965

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.144 cubic metres (15 boxes, 1 volume, 1 folder)

Name of creator(s): Rev. Shadrach Pryce (1833-1914); Archdeacon Lewis Hugh Oswald Pryce (1873-1930); Pryce family; Davies family; Evans family.


Administrative/Biographical history: Hugh Price (1793-1851), draper, of Dolgellau, Merionethshire, married Sarah Lewis in 1825 and they had three sons: the Rev. Hugh Lewis Pryce (1826-1895), the Rev. John Pryce (1828-1903), who became dean of Bangor in 1902; and the Rev. Shadrach Pryce (1833-1914). Shadrach graduated from Queens' College, Cambridge, 1858, becoming vicar of Ysbyty Ifan, Denbighshire, 1864-1867, Archdeacon of Carmarthen, 1896-1899, and dean of St Asaph, 1899-1910. He was HM Inspector of Schools in the diocese of St Davids, 1867-1894, and published Arweiniad i Eglwys y Plwyf (Dolgellau, 1867) and Hymnau Hen a Newydd (London, 1868) with O. Jones. He owned several properties in Tywyn, Merionethshire, and died on 17 Sept 1914. He was married to Margaret Ellen Davies (1843-1902), descendant of James Davies (died 1861), of Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, who had three children, the Rev. Morgan Davies (1804-1867), Margaret (1812-1897) and Lydia. Lydia married Hugh Davies (died 1874) of Tywyn, Merionethshire. Their children were David James Davies (died 1856), Lewis Davies (1845-1870), Mary Elizabeth Davies (1849-1925) and Margaret Ellen Davies, who married Shadrach Pryce. Mary married David Griffith Davies and they had one son, Hugh Lewis Davies (1886-1952). Shadrach and Margaret Ellen Pryce had seven daughters, including Myfanwy Pryce (1890-1976), and two sons, Dr Arthur Meurig Pryce (1877-1919), and Lewis Hugh Oswald Pryce (1873-1930). Lewis Pryce studied at Cambridge, [1892]-[1894], and became Archdeacon of Wrexham and Ruthin. He undertook research into the family history, acquiring many documents.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Shadrach Pryce, 1841-1910, including: notes on the history of Ysbyty Ifan and Pentrefoelas, [late 19th century]; ordination papers, 1859-1899; family correspondence, 1841-1855; correspondence concerning his Church career, 1856-1910; papers and correspondence relating to Hymnau Hen a Newydd, 1867-1900; and maps, 1867-1894; papers of Archdeacon Lewis Hugh Oswald Pryce, 1881-1930, including: material on the history of Ruthin and district, 1890-1920; notebooks on historical themes, Sunday School lesson booklets and related material, 1913-1929; printed lectures by Pryce and others, 1918-1930; certificates, 1892-1925; pencil and watercolour sketches, 1862-1908; family and personal correspondence, 1881-1930; correspondence and papers relating to his Church career, 1909-1928, and to family history, 1901-1928; miscellaneous papers of Hugh Price, 1814-1851, Sarah Lewis' family, 1765-1825, Rev. Hugh Lewis Pryce and Rev. John Pryce, 1851-1894; letters, diaries, and miscellaneous papers of Margaret Ellen Pryce, 1854-1902; papers of Shadrach Pryce's daughters, 1893-1965, including letters and photographs, 1893-1928, and poetry, 1896-1920; papers of Dr Arthur Meurig Pryce, including letters, 1890-1918, testimonials, 1906-1912, and papers relating to his illness and death, 1915-[1923]; papers of James Davies, 1784-1861, and of his wife's relatives, 1812-1859; papers and correspondence of Rev. Morgan Davies, 1828-1867; papers and family correspondence of Margaret Davies, 1865-1897; papers relating to Hugh Davies, 1872-1883; papers relating to Lewis, David and Mary Elizabeth Davies, 1854-1932; miscellaneous papers relating to various branches of the family, compiled by Lewis Pryce, 1653-1893; correspondence, deeds, documents, financial papers, 1876-1920; and particulars of sale of properties in Tywyn, Merionethshire, 1916-1919.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Rev. Shadrach Pryce and Archdeacon Lewis Pryce (1st donation); Pryce family, Davies family, Evans family of Aberystwyth, Williams family of Ystrad Teilo and Evans family of Ystrad Meurig, and miscellaneous papers (2nd donation); Pryce family, Davies family, Evans family of Aberystwyth, and Lewis family (3rd donation); Pryce family, Davies family, Evans family of Aberystwyth, Evans family of Ystrad Meurig, photographs and miscellaneous (4th donation); Rev. Shadrach Pryce and Archdeacon Lewis Pryce (5th donation); Pryce family (6th donation).

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: Hard copies of the summary lists are available in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1987, pp. 94-95, 1992, pp. 104-107, 1993, pp. 64-66, 1994, pp. 43-44, 1995, p.51, 1998, pp. 57-58, at the National Library of Wales. The summaries are available online.

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 Lewis Pryce's daughter Mrs Rachel M. Hawkins, Richmond, Surrey, 1986-1997.


Related material: Further papers are National Library of Wales, NLW Facs 619.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: National Library of Wales, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1987-1998; 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: December 2003

Clergy | Wales | Archives
Hymns, Welsh language
Local history materials | Wales | Pentrefoelas
Local history materials | Wales | Ruthin (Denbighshire)
Local history materials | Wales | Ysbyty Ifan
Pryce family, | clergymen | Archives
Pryce, Lewis Hugh Oswald, | 1873-1930 | Archives
Pryce, Shadrach, | 1833-1914 | Archives

Personal names
Davies , Hugh , d. 1873
Davies , Hugh Lewis , 1886-1952
Davies , James , d. 1861
Davies , Lewis , 1845-1870
Davies , Margaret , 1812-1897
Davies , Mary Elizabeth , 1849-1925
Davies , Morgan , ca. 1804-1867
Davies family , of Aberystwyth
Price , Hugh , 1793-1851
Pryce , Lewis Hugh Oswald , 1873-1930
Pryce , Margaret Ellen , 1843-1902
Pryce , Sarah , 1794?-1883
Pryce , Shadrach , 1833-1914
Pryce family , clergymen

Corporate names

Pentrefoelas (Wales)
Ruthin (Denbighshire, Wales)
Tywyn (Gwynedd, Wales)
Ysbyty Ifan (Wales)

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