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Pembrokeshire Record Office
Davies, Vaughan Palmer, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0213 D/VPD

Held at: Pembrokeshire Record Office

Title: Vaughan Palmer Davies Papers

Short Title: Davies, Vaughan Palmer, papers

Creation date(s): 1768-[c. 1980]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: (527 items)

Name of creator(s): Vaughan Palmer Davies; Davies family, of Broomhill and Skomer


Administrative/Biographical history: Thomas Mathias Davies (d. 1865) of Broomhill, Dale, Pembrokeshire, married Emily Alicia Palmer. They had a number of children including Vaughan Palmer Davies (b. 1826), Charles Frederic Davies (1828-1914), Emily Warren Davies (fl. 1848-1894), Myra Amelia Davies (fl. 1843-1894), Lucy Davies (fl. 1846-1854), John William Davies (fl. 1843-1859, died before 1894), Thomas Mathias Davies, junior, (fl. 1849-1866) and Henry Gilbert Rice Davies (fl. 1851-1890), a solicitor. Vaughan and Charles became sailors on opium brigs in India and some of the brothers also settled for a time in Australia. In 1858, Vaughan, by now a Captain, married Angelica Ellen (Nelly) Robinson, daughter of Edward Robinson (b. 1801) of Skomer, Pembrokeshire. In 1861 Vaughan returned from India to farm on Skomer Island, taking over the lease from his father-in-law. They had seven children, and their grandchildren included Vaughan Palmer Davies the younger (1895-1984). Lucy married Wiliam Meyler in 1850.


Scope and content/abstract: Letters and other papers of the Davies family of Broomhill and Skomer Island, 1768-[c. 1980], including papers of Thomas Mathias Davies (d. 1865) and his wife, 1768-1851; papers of Vaughan Palmer Davies (b. 1826), 1846-1887, including business and personal correspondence; letters and other papers of Emily Warren Davies, 1847-1859, Myra Amelia Davies, 1848-1859, 1894, Charles Frederic Davies, 1848-1886, Henry Gilbert Rice Davies, 1851-1890, Lucy Meyler, 1846-1854, Thomas Mathias Davies, junior, 1849-1866, John William Davies, 1853-1854, and Annie Robinson, 1858-1860; letters from family friends and other correspondents, 1800-1888; photographs, [c. 1890]-[c. 1980]; diaries of A. Ellen Davies, 1884-1888; papers relating to Vaughan Davies' descendants, [c. 1880]-1921; recipes, manuscript poems, plans and other miscellaneous family papers, 1832-[c. 1860]; and notes concerning the family, [late 20th century].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Thomas Mathias Davies, senior; Vaughan Palmer Davies; Emily Warren Davies; Myra Amelia Davies; Charles Frederic Davies; Henry Gilbert Rice Davies; Lucy Dinah Davies; Thomas Mathias Davies, junior; John William Davies; Annie Robinson; Letitia Jones; Phipps letters; Mrs Anne Peard; Lowndes letters; other letters; photographs; miscellaneous items; fragments of letters; and letters and other papers.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The papers came into the possession of Mr Roscoe Howells, of Narberth, Pembrokeshire.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mr Roscoe Howells, Narberth, 1985.


Related material: Further letters of Roscoe Howells relating to Vaughan Palmer Davies are Pembrokeshire Record Office, HDX/93/16.

Publication note: Howells, Roscoe, 'Wresting an island living: life on Skomer', Country Quest 26/11 (1986), p. 22-23.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Vaughan Palmer Davies Papers, catalogue; Howells, Roscoe, The Sounds Between (Llandysul, 1968).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2005

Davies family, | of Broomhill and Skomer Island | Archives
Davies family, | of Broomhill and Skomer Island | Correspondence
Davies family, | of Broomhill and Skomer Island | Photographs
Sailors | India | Bombay
Skomer Island (Wales) | Photographs

Personal names
Davies , Charles Frederic , 1828-1914
Davies , Emily Warren
Davies , Myra Amelia , fl. 1843-1894
Davies , Thomas Mathias , d. 1965
Davies , Vaughan Palmer
Davies family , of Broomhill and Skomer Island

Corporate names

Bombay (India)
Dale (Wales)
Marloes (Wales)
Skomer Island (Wales)

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