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Williams, W. Llewelyn, Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WLLEWWIL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: W. Llewelyn Williams Papers

Short Title: Williams, W. Llewelyn, Papers

Creation date(s): 1867-1922

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.067 cubic metres (2 large boxes and 1 small box)

Name of creator(s): W. Llewelyn Williams

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: William Llewelyn Williams was born on 10 March 1867 at Brownhill, Llansadwrn, Carmarthenshire, to a family of notable Independents. He was privately educated at Llandovery College before receiving a scholarship to study at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he graduated in history in 1889. Whilst at college he was involved with the Dafydd ap Gwilym Society. He was briefly a schoolteacher at Canterbury before becoming the first editor of the South Wales Star in 1891. During this period, he became a supporter of the Cymru Fydd movement and was involved in the establishment of its first branch in Wales in Barry, 1891. He went on to work at the South Wales Post and the South Wales Daily News before moving to London to become chief sub-editor of the Star. He published some Welsh books, including S'lawer Dydd, Gwilym a Benni Bach and The Making of Modern Wales.-- From journalism he turned his attention towards law and politics. He was called to the Bar from Lincoln's Inn in 1897 and took silk in 1912. Following this, he became leader of the South Wales Circuit and was Recorder of Swansea, 1914-1915, and Recorder of Cardiff, 1915-1922.-- In 1906 he was elected MP for the Carmarthen Boroughs constituency, a seat he retained until its abolition in 1918. He was heavily involved in the struggle to secure the Disestablishment of the Church in Wales, and was virulently opposed to the introduction of military conscription in 1916. This ultimately led to the break-up of his friendship with David Lloyd George. He went on to contest unsuccessfully the 1921 Cardiganshire by-election as an Independent Liberal candidate, losing to Ernest Evans, the Coalition Liberal and former private secretary to Lloyd George.-- W. Llewelyn Williams died in April 1922, aged 55. He left a widow, Elinor, née Jenkins. A memorial was erected and unveiled in his name at Brownhill in September 1938.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Papers of W. Llewelyn Williams, KC, MP, 1861-2005, comprising diaries, letters, professional papers, printed material, personal papers, and papers accumulated by his family after his death. The collection also includes the research papers of Neville C. Masterman relating to the life and political career of W. Llewelyn Williams.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh.

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW into two groups: T. Michael Evans donation and Neville C. Masterman donation.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern records in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their readers' tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids:

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by T. Michael Evans, QC, Swansea, December 2005, and by Neville C. Masterman, Swansea, April 2006.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Letters from W. Llewelyn Williams, together with other relevant papers, are held in numerous collections at NLW and at Bangor University. A photograph of W. Llewelyn Williams has been transferred to the NLW Photographic Collection (N10643986).

Publication note: 'A proved and loyal friendship: the diary of W. Llewelyn Williams M.P., 1906-15', by J. Graham Jones in The National Library of Wales Journal, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 322-374, available online on the NLW website.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title based on contents. The archive contains papers that pre-date and post-date the life of W. Llewelyn Williams.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhian Lyn James. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: 'A proved and loyal friendship: the diary of W. Llewelyn Williams M.P., 1906-15', by J. Graham Jones in The National Library of Wales Journal, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 322-374, available online at NLW's website; 'The journalist as politician: W. Llewelyn Williams (1867-1922)', by J. Graham Jones in the Carmarthenshire Antiquary, XXXVII (2001), pp. 79-98; Dictionary of Welsh Biography; items within the archive.

Rules or conventions: Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2009.


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Wales | Politics and government | 19th century
Wales | Politics and government | 20th century
Williams, W. Llewelyn | (William Llewelyn), | 1867-1922 | Archives

Personal names
Masterman , Neville
Williams , W. Llewelyn (William Llewelyn) , 1867-1922

Corporate names

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