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Llanstephan, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSLLANSTEPH

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Llanstephan Manuscripts

Short Title: Llanstephan, manuscripts

Creation date(s): [1225x1800]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 200 volumes

Name of creator(s):

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history:

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Manuscripts once held in the library of Plas Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire. The collection consists mainly of transcripts from medieval Welsh manuscripts such as the Red Book of Hergest, the Black Book of Carmarthen and the Red Book of Talgarth which include poetry, triads, pedigrees, arms, lives of saints, Brut y Brenhinedd, Brut y Tywysogion, the Laws of Hywel Dda, etc.; grammars and vocabularies; translations, mainly from Latin and English sources; proverbs; theological tracts; medical recipes; etc. The earliest of the manuscripts date from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries. Most of the manuscripts are in the hands of Moses and Samuel Williams, with other scribes including Dr John Davies, Mallwyd, Dr John David Rhys, William Maurice, 'Iaco ab Dewi', Edward Lhuyd and William Owen-Pughe.

ACCESS AND USE

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

System of arrangement: Arranged as Llanstephan MSS 1-200.

Conditions governing access: Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies. Available on microfilm at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, Vol. II Part II (London, 1903).

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Formerly Shirburn Manuscripts.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, Vol. II Part II (London, 1903).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: December 2010


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