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Wigfair, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSWIGFAIR

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Wigfair Manuscripts

Short Title: Wigfair, manuscripts

Creation date(s): [1550x1925]

Level of description: Fonds.

Extent: 113 volumes.

Name of creator(s): Lloyd family of Hafodunos and Wigfair; and others.


Administrative/Biographical history: The union of the Lloyd families of Hafodunos and Wigfair took place with the marriage of Phoebe Lloyd, the heiress of Hafodunos, and Howel Lloyd (d. 1729) of Wigfair. Their second son, also called Howel (d. 1783), became the heir of the combined estates; he married Dorothea Conway of Ruthin. Hafodunos was sold in 1830. John Lloyd ('The Phillosopher') was the eldest child of Howel and Dorothea Lloyd. He graduated to the Bar from the Middle Temple in 1781 and was made a Bencher in 1811. He served as member of parliament for Flintshire from 1797 to 1799. John Lloyd possessed a library of over ten thousand books, manuscripts, maps and scientific equipment. He corresponded extensively with some of the most notable scientists, philosophers and writers of his day, including Joseph Banks, William Herschel, Thomas Pennant, Hester Lynch Piozzi and 'Gwallter Mechain'.


Scope and content/abstract: A collection consisting mainly of the manuscripts, correspondence and other papers, [1550x1925], of the Lloyd family of Hafodunos, Denbighshire and Wigfair, Flintshire, and including a considerable amount of correspondence to and from John Lloyd ('The Philosopher'), one of the most notable members of the family. The collection also includes correspondence of members of the Wynn family of Gwydir, the Clough family of Plas Clough and Hafodunos, the Holland family of Berw, the families of Carreglwyd, and the Reverend Richard Howard, Denbigh (matters relating to lead, iron and mineral resources in Flintshire); together with Hafodunos and Wigfair rentals and accounts and accounts relating to lead and copper mines in North Wales.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin, Welsh, Greek, French, Italian, Hebrew, Portuguese, Breton.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 12401-12513.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers 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: The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).


Accruals: No accruals expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Colonel H. C. Lloyd Howard of Wigfair in 1926-1927.


Related material: See also NLW Wigfair Estate Records.


Note: Title based on contents. Formerly known as Wigfair 1-113.

Archivist's note: Descriptions 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 IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Y Bywgraffiadur Ar-lein viewed via WWW, 18 Jan. 2010; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography WWW site, viewed 18 Jan. 2010; Archifau Cymru=Archives Wales WWW site, viewed 19 Jan. 2010; Archives Hub WWW site, viewed 1 April 2010.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2010.

Lloyd family | of Hafodunos and Wigfair | Correspondence
Lloyd family, | of Hafodunos and Wigfair | Archives
Lloyd, John | 1749-1815 | Archives
Lloyd, John, | 1749-1815 | Correspondence

Personal names
Lloyd , John , 1749-1815
Lloyd family , of Hafodunos and Wigfair

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