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Frondirion, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSFROND

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Frondirion Manuscripts

Short Title: Frondirion, manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1808-[1921x1925]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 53 volumes

Name of creator(s): Evan William Evans; T. Mordaf Pierce


Administrative/Biographical history: Evan William Evans (1860-1925), of Frondirion, Dolgellau, Merioneth, was an editor and publisher. He was born in Cae Einion, Dolgellau, and received his education at the town's grammar school. On leaving school he worked at the offices of the Herald newspaper in Caernarfon. When the offices of the periodical Y Goleuad were relocated from Caernarfon to Dolgellau, Evans moved back to his home town to work and, while still a young man, took over the ownership of Y Goleuad in 1884. In 1914 he embarked on editing, printing and publishing his own Welsh weekly newspaper, titled Y Cymro. His offices also printed other newspapers and periodicals such as The Merionethshire News, Cymru Fydd and Y Gymraes, as well as books. Evans took a great interest in local history, especially that of the Calvinistic Methodists, and collected a substantial amount of related manuscripts and papers. He was twice married.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of, or collected by, Evan William Evans, Dolgellau, 1808-[1921x1925], consisting mainly of material of Dolgellau local historical and religious interest, including rate assessments and valuations, accounts, rentals, chapel records and other records, 1813-1877; agricultural, timber, slate and other account books, 1823-1879; papers of T. Mordaf Pierce, including correspondence, essays, sermons and material relating to Dolgellau history, 1894-1914; material relating to Calvinistic Methodism in Llanidloes and Dolgellau, 1808-1918; and correspondence, 1850-1921, mainly addressed to Evans.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 6154-6189, 10850-10865, 11026A.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: The descriptions are also available in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Part XIX, 256-261.


Archival history: Parts of the collection were formerly in the possession of Thomas Mordaf Pierce (1867?-1919), Calvinistic Methodist minister at Llanidloes and Dolgellau.

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Mr Einion Evans, Frondirion, Dolgellau, and Wrexham, March 1929 (NLW MSS 6154-6189), July 1936 (NLW MSS 10850-10865) and November 1935 (NLW MS 11026A).


Related material: Manuscripts deposited with the 1929 purchase are now NLW Minor Deposits 253-260A.


Note: Title based on domicile of collector.
Formerly Frondirion MSS 1-53.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Rhys M. Jones. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume 3 (Aberystwyth, 1961); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (London, 1953); Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru (Llandysul, 1986); Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on-line.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2005-August 2015

Agriculture | Wales | Gwynedd | Accounting
Dolgellau (Wales) | History
Dolgellau (Wales) | Religion
Evans, E. W. | (Evan William), | 1860-1925 | Archives
Llanidloes (Wales) | Religion
Pierce, T. Mordaf | (Thomas Mordaf), | 1867?-1919 | Archives

Personal names
Evans , E. W. (Evan William) , 1860-1925
Pierce , T. Mordaf (Thomas Mordaf) , 1867?-1919

Corporate names

Dolgellau (Wales)
Llanidloes (Wales)

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