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Willans Family Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WILLANS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Willans Family Papers

Short Title: Willans Family Papers

Creation date(s): 1873-1950

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 0.018 cubic metres (2 small boxes).

Name of creator(s): Willans family of Dolforgan


Administrative/Biographical history: John William Willans bought the Dolforgan estate from James Walton in 1894.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds and documents relating to the Willans family and the Dolforgan estate, Ceri, co. Mont.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: The files within the two groups are arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: An online catalogue is available on the NLW website, A hard copy of the schedule to the 1987 group is in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1987, pp. 125-126.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records acquired by NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: Acquired by NLW in two groups, in 1987 and 2008. No's 1-201 were purchased in Feb. 1987, while no's 202-213 were a donation in July 2008, having been bought by the donor as a box of papers at a public auction at Ceri.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: The main Dolforgan archive, 1570-1879, prior to the Willans purchase, is at NLW, Dolforgan Estate Records. Further records relating to the Dolforgan estate, 1807-1930, including account books, 1894-1939, and letter books of the agents to the estate, 1895-1930, are in NLW, H. Noel Jerman Papers. Online catalogues of both collections are at, and hard copies are available in J. B. Willans Deeds and Documents (the former title of the Dolforgan Estate Records) and NLW Minor Lists and Summaries, 1995, pp. 35-39, respectively.


Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham.

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2015.


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