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National Library of Wales
Panton, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSPANT

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Panton Manuscripts

Short Title: Panton, manuscripts

Creation date(s): [1475x1800]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 64 volumes

Name of creator(s): Evan Evans ('Ieuan Fardd'); and others.

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Evan Evans ('Ieuan Fardd' or 'Ieuan Brydydd Hir') (1731-1788), scholar, poet and critic, was born in the parish of Lledrod, Cardiganshire. Even before he entered Merton College, Oxford in 1750 Evans had made the acquaintance of such prominent literary and antiquarian figures as the Morris brothers - Lewis, Richard and William - of Anglesey, William Wynn of Llangynhafal and Goronwy Owen. Throughout his clerical career - he was ordained in 1755 - Evans would spend much of his time collecting and copying Welsh manuscripts of literary and historical interest, including poetry from the Red Book of Hergest, all the while making contact with others engaged in the same pursuit such as David Jones of Trefriw, Rhys Jones of Blaenau and John Powel of Llansannan, as well as English antiquaries such as Daines Barrington. In 1764 Evans published his seminal work Some specimens of the Poetry of the Antient Welsh Bards, in which he attempted to interpret the substantial output of Welsh poetry - much of it produced at court - from the sixth to the sixteenth century. Arguably the greatest Welsh scholar of his age, Evans possessed an in-depth knowledge of the contents of Welsh manuscripts in the various private libraries of the time and was well acquainted with the works of the great Welsh scholars from the Renaissance onwards. He realised that the chief requirement of Welsh scholarship in his day and age was the publication of the texts of the principal manuscripts which related to the history and literature of Wales. Although Evans himself ultimately failed in his endeavours to achieve this goal, the brilliant work he did accomplish earned him a position of unquestioned importance within the field of Welsh scholarship.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Manuscripts mostly in the hand of Evan Evans ('Ieuan Fardd' or 'Ieuan Brydydd Hir') (1731-1788) which formerly formed part of the Panton Manuscripts collection. The volumes contain mainly transcripts of material of antiquarian, historical and literary interest, with many of the manuscripts including notes and observations added to the source material by 'Ieuan Fardd'.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English, Latin, Greek, Gothic, French, Old English.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: 1970-2038.

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

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: J. Gwenogvryn Evans, Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, vol. II, part III (London, 1905), pp. 801-870.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Formerly Panton MSS 1-33, 35-53, 55-58, 64-69, 71-73.

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: J. Gwenogvryn Evans, Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, vol. II, part III (London, 1905), pp. 801-870.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2011


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Evans, Evan | 1731-1788 | Archives

Personal names
Evans , Evan , 1731-1788

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