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Pembrokeshire Record Office
Adams family of Holyland, Pembroke, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0213 D/ADAMS

Held at: Pembrokeshire Record Office

Title: Adams Family of Holyland, Pembroke, Papers

Short Title: Adams family of Holyland, Pembroke, papers

Creation date(s): 1693-1962

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: (59 items on 1 microfilm)

Name of creator(s): Adams family of Holyland


Administrative/Biographical history: The Adams family lived at Holyland in the parish of St Michael, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, from the 16th century until the 1940s. William Adams (1695-1745) took Phillippa Phillips (d 1765) as his second wife. They had eleven children, including William (1717-1770) who inherited the estate. He married Anne Rickson of Pembroke. William Adam's son was John Phillips Adams (fl. 1741-1833). John's nephew was Alexander Adams (fl. 1811-1834), a lieutenant general in the army. John Phillips Adam's son was John Adams (1769-1798) who married Sophia Holcombe in 1795 and had a son, also John (1796-1873), who lived at Lydstep House, Manorbier, Pembrokeshire. John Adams married Anne Gibbons of Oswestry, Shropshire, in 1828. Their first child, John Alexander Phillips (1831-1901) served as an officer in the Royal Regiment of Artillery. Their other children were Henry Joseph (b.1835), Augusta May, Frances Louisa and Agnes Anne. John Alexander Phillips Adam's sons were John Loftus Adams (1870-1943) and Bertram Edward Adams (fl. 1893). The last male of the family, John Stephen Adams (1912-1942), was killed in action in the Second World War. Maurice Wyn Owen was a solicitor who worked in Oswestry, Shropshire, and in Pembroke. He was made a trustee of John Adam's and Anne Gibbon's marriage settlement in 1840.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of the Adams family of Holyland, Pembroke, 1716-1968, including deeds and related papers relating to lands in the parishes of Manorbier and St Michael, 1743-1910; Lydstep estate papers, 1827-1828; Holyland estate papers, 1836-1968; personal papers of Phillippa Adams, 1740-1741; John Phillips Adams, 1693-1826; Alexander Adams, 1811-1820; John Alexander Phillips Adams, 1850-1880; John Loftus Adams, 1892-1934; genealogical papers of the Adams family, [18th century]-1937; papers of Maurice Wyn Owen, solicitor, 1833-1848; and miscellaneous papers, 1760-1896.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Title deeds, mortgages and related papers; Leases; Estate papers; Personal papers; Genealogical papers; Maurice Wyn Owen papers; and Miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy is available in Pembrokeshire Record Office.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: The vast majority of the collection was returned to the depositor. Only a small number of items was microfilmed prior to the return of the collection.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mrs Thomas Ferrand, Alton, Hampshire, 1980.


Related material: Further papers are Pembrokeshire Record Office, D/LL


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Adams Family of Holyland, Pembroke, catalogue; Jones, Major Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and Their Families (Newport, 1996); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (Baltimore, 1991 (fascimile of 1875 ed.); Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 17th ed. 1952)

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

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2005

Adams family, | of Holyland | Archives
Deeds | Wales | Manorbier
Deeds | Wales | Pembroke (town)
Estate administration | Wales | Pembroke (town)

Personal names
Adams family , of Holyland

Corporate names
Holyland Estate (Wales)

Manorbier (Wales)
Pembroke (Wales : town)

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