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Roberts, John, ('Telynor Cymru'), papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 JOHERTS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: John Roberts ('Telynor Cymru') Papers

Short Title: Roberts, John, ('Telynor Cymru'), papers

Creation date(s): 1795-1980

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.029 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): John Roberts


Administrative/Biographical history: John Roberts (1816-1894) from Rhiwlas Isaf, Llanrhaeadr, Denbighshire, was a Welsh harpist and is remembered as 'Telynor Cymru' (the Harpist of Wales'). For almost ten years he served in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Later he moved to Newtown, Montgmeryshire, where he was to remain for the rest of his days. The famous Caernarfon harpist Richard Roberts (1796-1855) taught him, and John Roberts became famous for penillion singing to accompany the harp. He won a large number of prestigious prizes at various eisteddfodau and performed before members of the Royal Family. He died in May 1894.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1795-1980, mainly relating to John Roberts and his family, including papers, 1846-1888, concerning John Roberts, among them manuscript music, letters to Roberts and press cuttings; papers, 1875-1953, of, or relating to, J. L. Roberts ('Telynor Maldwyn', son of John Roberts); miscellaneous family papers, 1907-1911; stray letters, 1874-1980; music manuscripts, 1848 and undated; miscellanea, 1905-1981; and printed items, 1832-1848.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: John Roberts papers; J.L. Roberts papers; other family papers; correspondence; music manuscripts; miscellaneous papers; and printed books.

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 regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1996, pp.58-59, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed available online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the NLW have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mr and Mrs Dave Cook, Brynmawr, Gwent, in 1996.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The papers pre-date and postdate the life of John Roberts as they were assembled by the donors of the archive.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1996; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2003

Harpists | Wales | Archives
Music | Wales | 19th century
Music | Wales | 20th century
Musicians | Wales | Archives
Roberts, John, Telynor Cymru, family | Archives

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Roberts , John , 1816-1894

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