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Denbighshire Record Office
Plas Nantglyn manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0209 DD/PN

Held at: Denbighshire Record Office

Title: Plas Nantglyn MSS

Short Title: Plas Nantglyn manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1528-1964

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.351 cubic metres (13 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Plas Nantglyn estate


Administrative/Biographical history: Plas Nantglyn was built in 1573. The estate descended in the male line of the Wynne family until 1743 when, on the death of Thomas Meredith Wynne, it passed to his aunt and co-heiress, Mary Wynne. Her daughter, Margaret Parry, married Edward Cadwaladr (b. 1687), and it was with their sons that the surname Edwards became associated. On the death of their eldest son, Hugh Edwards (1721-c. 1787), without issue, the estate passed to his brother, Evan Edwards (1726-1796). Evan's heir was his only son, the Rev. Thomas Wynne Edwards (1796-1877), vicar of Rhuddlan from 1828 until his death. He married Eliza Gardner William (1797-1884), daughter of John Copner Williams, a Denbigh solicitor, and was succeeded by his eldest son, John Copner Wynne Edwards (1821-1886), also a solicitor in Denbigh. John married Maria, daughter of Wood Gibson of Hope, Lancashire. John Copner Wynne Edwards was succeeded by his eldest son, Thomas Alured Wynne-Edwards (1855-1925), an engineer by profession. He served as a Volunteer and Territorial officer, commanding, with the rank of Colonel, the 4th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 1908-1913, being appointed its Honorary Colonel in 1919. His son and heir was Lieutenant Colonel John Copner Wynne-Edwards (1890-1967).


Scope and content/abstract: Plas Nantglyn estate records, comprising deeds, 1528-1879, and estate rentals, accounts and maps, 1793-1939, for estates in Nantglyn, Denbighshire, and elsewhere; accounts of servants' wages, 1853-1872; game registers and accounts, 1861-1937; genealogical papers of the Wynne and Wynne-Edwards families, compiled 1834-[c. 1900]; business and personal papers of the Rev. Thomas Wynne Edwards, 1796-1877, John Copner Wynne Edwards, 1821-1826, Rev. Robert Wynne Edwards, 1821-1886, Thomas Alured Wynne-Edwards, 1855-1925, and John Copner Wynne-Edwards, 1890-1967; papers relating to local politics and elections, mainly in West Denbighshire, 1874-1924; miscellaneous papers relating to Nantglyn and Denbigh, 1832-1938; and miscellaneous correspondence, 1757-1882, including letters from Thomas Edwards (Twm o'r Nant), 1762, and Mrs Hester Lynch Piozzi, 1811.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically into two groups: Group I - deeds; estate records; family papers; business and personal papers; election and politics; legal papers; and miscellaneous; and Group II - deeds; estate records; family papers; business and personal papers; and miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: Access to some documents within this collection may be restricted due to Data Protection legislation. Please contact Denbighshire Record Office for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Denbighshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Denbighshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mrs K.V. Wynne-Edwards, Plas Nantglyn, Denbigh, in October 1977


Related material: Further papers relating to the Plas Nantglyn estate are National Library of Wales, Plas Nantglyn Estate Records. All the papers relating to Thomas Alured Wynne Edwards and his association with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers are to be found at the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum in Caernarfon Castle.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Guide to collections held at the Denbighshire Record Office (, viewed January 2002.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2002

Denbigh (Wales)
Denbighshire (Wales) | Genealogy
Denbighshire (Wales) | Politics and government
Estate administration | Wales | Nantglyn
Fowling | Wales | Denbighshire
Wynne-Edwards family | Archives

Personal names
Edwards , Thomas , 1739-1810
Piozzi , Hester Lynch , 1741-1821
Wynne Edwards , John Copner , 1821-1886
Wynne Edwards , Robert , fl. 1821-1886
Wynne Edwards , Thomas , 1796-1877
Wynne family , of Plas Nantglyn
Wynne-Edwards , John Copner , 1890-1967
Wynne-Edwards , Thomas Alured , 1855-1925
Wynne-Edwards family , of Plas Nantglyn

Corporate names
Plas Nantglyn Estate (Wales)

Denbigh (Wales)
Nantglyn (Wales)

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