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Glamorgan Archives
Rayer and Jenkins family of Holcombe Court and St Athan papers

Reference code(s): GB 0214 CL/RJ

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Cardiff Library Collection: Papers of the Rayer/Jenkins family of Holcombe Court and St Athan

Short Title: Rayer and Jenkins family of Holcombe Court and St Athan papers

Creation date(s): 1634-1949

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.04 cubic metres (c. 880 items)

Name of creator(s): Papers of the Rayer/Jenkins family of Holcombe Court, Devon, and St Athan, Glamorgan


Administrative/Biographical history: The Rev. William Rayer of Holcombe Court, Devon, son of William Rayer (1749-1829) of St Athan, Glamorgan, purchased Holcombe Court from Peter Frederick Bluett in 1858. The Rev. William Rayer's eldest son, William Carew Rayer (1820-1892) inherited the estate, and was also lord of the manor of St Athan. He died without issue, and the estate passed to his nephew, William Harmar (1869-1936), son of William Pycroft Harmar and Francis, third daughter of the Rev. William Rayer. William Harmar assumed the surname and arms of Rayer in lieu of those of Harmar in 1923, and died without issue. The estate then passed to the Rev. George Morganwg William Thomas (b. 1879), formerly of Holcombe Hall, Devon, which was sold in 1941. He was the son of Jane Esyllt Morgan and the Rev. William Richard Jenkins. The Jenkins family were estate egents and solicitors in Cardiff. Jane's parents were the Rev. Hanmer Morgan-Stratford (d 1902), rector of St Athan, and Mary, eldest daughter of the Rev. William Rayer of Holcombe Court. The Rev. George Morganwg William Thomas assumed the surname of Rayer in lieu of Jenkins by royal licence in 1934.


Scope and content/abstract: Estate records including Glamorgan deeds and estate papers, 1778-1933, mainly for the St Athan estate, including rent books and rent accounts, 1864-1890, and account books, 1873-1885; Devon deeds and estate papers, 1820-1910, mainly for the Holcombe Court estate, includes account books, 1857-1892, and for the Lifton estate, including rentals and accounts, 1831-1885; papers relating to the manor of Holcombe Rogus, 1636-1866; family papers, including the correspondence of W. C. Rayer concerning hunting and the Tiverton hunt, 1843-1885; correspondence and papers of the Jenkins family of St Athan, Glamorgan, 1821-1942, and papers of the Rev. Hamer Morgan, 1854, 1879-1896. The archive also includes printed book and pamphlets, 1727-1930; pictorial and photographic material, 1775-1786; business records of the Jenkins firm of accountants and estate agents, Westgate Street, Cardiff, 1873-1949; and papers relating to Holcombe Rogus and Tiverton parishes, Devon, 1817-1902.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged at Cardiff Library into the following: deeds; manorial records; estate papers; sale catalogues; financial papers; parish records; papers of the Jenkins family; papers of the Jenkins firm of accountants and estate agents; papers of other organisations; and correspondence and family papers.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A detailed catalogue is available in hard copy at Glamorgan Archives


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: The archive was originally held by Cardiff Library (South Glamorgan County Library).

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Further papers relating to the Rayer family and its estates are Devon Record Office, 326M, 1782M, 1936M, 2912M.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Landed Gentry, (London, 1952); "Bluett manor houses in Somerset - Holcombe Court website (, viewed February 2002."

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2002

Deeds | Wales | Glamorgan
Estate administration | Wales | Glamorgan
Holcombe Court Estate (England) | Archives
Hunting | England | Devon
St. Athan Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence

Personal names
Jenkins family , of St Athan
Morgan , Hamer
Rayer , W. C. (William Carew) , 1820-1892
Rayer family , of Holcombe Court

Corporate names
Holcombe Court Estate (England)
Holcombe Rogus Manor (Devon, England)
Jenkins, Accountant and Estate Agents
Lifton Estate | (Devon, England)
St. Athan Estate (Wales)
Tiverton Hunt

Cardiff (Wales)
Holcombe Rogus (England)
Lifton (England)
St Athan (Wales)
Tiverton (Devon, England)

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