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Pantcoy, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSPANTCOY

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Pantcoy MSS

Short Title: Pantcoy, manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1813-1875

Level of description: Fonds.

Extent: 19 volumes.

Name of creator(s): John Harries; John Harries the younger; and others

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: John Harries and his son Henry, of Cwrt-y-Cadno, Carmarthenshire, were amongst the most famous 'cunning men' (men who practise healing, charming, astrology, prophecy, etc.) of the early modern era in Wales. John Harries underwent a relatively formal education and possessed in his library some of the primary medical books of his day as well as Latin and Greek texts. Father and son drew people from far and wide to consult them on matters involving healing (both human and animal), charming, fortune-telling and prophecy, much of the work undertaken with the aid of astrological consultation.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Manuscripts, 1813-1875, from the library of John and Henry Harries of Cwrt-y-cadno, astrologers, cunning men and conjurors. The collection includes records of patient prescriptions and payment, draft horoscopes compiled in response to patient requests, a printed astrological almanac with manuscript entries, patient correspondence, notes and transcripts of medical lectures, and medical treatises; together with general account books, miscellaneous papers, etc.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh, Latin.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW reference numbers: NLW MSS 11117, 11701-11718.

Conditions governing access:

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: The descriptions are also available in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961) and Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Accruals: No accruals expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: NLW MS 11117 was donated by Mr Rhys Davys-Williams of Treforest in 1935; NLW MSS 11701-11718 were bequeathed by Mr John Harries of Pumsaint in 1937.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: See also NLW MS 11119B, which contains a brochure, 1911, by Arthur Mee entitled Magic in Carmarthenshire. The Harrieses of Cwrt-y-Cadno.

Publication note: For further informatio see Ellyn Francis: 'The wizards of Cwrt-y-Cadno', parts I & II in Carmarthenshire Life (November and December 2003), pp. 38-41 in both volumes; see also Richard C. Allen: 'Wizards or Charlatans - Doctors or Herbalists? An Appraisal of the 'Cunning Men' of Cwrt y Cadno, Carmarthenshire' in North American Journal of Welsh Studies, Vols I, II (Summer 2001).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title based on contents. NLW MSS 11701-11718 formerly known as Pant-coy 1-18.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961); Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953).

Rules or conventions: Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2009.


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Astrology | Wales
Charms | Wales
Harries family | of Cwrt-y-cadno | Archives
Harries, Henry | d. 1862 | Archives
Harries, John | d. 1839 | Archives
Harries, John, | Pantcoy | Archives
Traditional medicine | Wales

Personal names
Harries , Henry , d. 1862
Harries , John , Pantcoy
Harries , John , d. 1839
Harries family , of Cwrt-y-cadno

Corporate names

Places
Cwrt-y-cadno (Wales)

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