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Kemeys and Kemeys-Tynte of Cefn Mably and Halswell papers

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DKT

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Kemeys and Kemeys-Tynte Families of Cefn Mably and Halswell papers

Short Title: Kemeys and Kemeys-Tynte of Cefn Mably and Halswell papers

Creation date(s): 1341-1918

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.1 cubic metres (293 items and bundles)

Name of creator(s): Cefn Mably estate


Administrative/Biographical history: David (fl. 1436), third son of Jevan (Iefan) or John, third son of John ap Jevan Kemeys, married Cecil, daughter and heir of Llewelyn ap Evan ap Llewelyn ap Cynfrig of Cefn Mably (or Cefn Mabli) on the borders of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire. The Kemeys family of Cefn Mably descended from Lewis, their eldest son. The Cefn Mably estate remained in the hands of the Kemeys family until the death, unmarried, of Charles Kemeys, in 1735. He was succeeded by his sister, Jane, who married the Rev. John Tynte (d 1710), 2nd baronet, of Halswell in Somerset, and rector of Goathurst. They were succeeded, in turn, by their three sons, Halswell Tynte (1705-30), 3rd baronet, of Halswell and Cefnmabli, whose two daughters died young, the Rev. John Tynte (1707-1740, d. unm.), 4th baronet and rector of Goathurst, and Charles Kemeys Tynte (1710-1785, dsp.), 5th baronet. He received the Penmark estate from Mary Kemeys (c. 1699-1785), who had married William Kemeys. Charles was succeeded by his niece, Jane Hassell (1738-1824), only surviving child of Charles's sister, Jane Tynte (1708-41), and her husband (m 1737), Ruishe Hassell (d 1749), a major in the Royal Horse Guards. Jane Hassell married Colonel John Johnson, of Glaiston in Rutland and Burhill, Surrey, in 1765. On his wife's succession in 1785, he changed his name to John Johnson Kemeys-Tynte (d 1795). They were succeeded by their son, Colonel Charles Kemeys Kemeys-Tynte (b 1788), of Halswell and Cefn Mably, who married Anne Lewis of St Pierre, Monmouthshire; they were succeeded by their son, Charles John Kemeys-Tynte (b 1800), Lieutenant-Colonel of the Glamorgan militia, and MP for West Somerset, 1832-1837, and Bridgwater, 1847-1865. He married Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of Thomas Swinnerton of Butterton Hall, Staffordshire, in 1822, and was succeeded by his son, Charles Kemeys-Tynte (b 1822), colonel of the Somerset militia. Cefn Mably remained in the hands of the Kemeys Tynte family until 1923.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds of the Cefn Mably estate in Glamorgan and Monmouthshire, 1341-1918, financial and legal papers, 1633-1832, estate administration papers, 1647-1827, and correspondence, 1676-1851; and legal papers and accounts of Anne and Thomas Lewis, of St Pierre, Monmouthshire, 1728-1812.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by family or individual into the following: Kemeys and Kemeys-Tynte family; Anne and Thomas Lewis of St Pierre; William Morgan of Penrhos; and Jacob Jacobs of Cardiff.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Further family correspondence and Cefnmabli estate records, mainly 1570-1888, is National Library of Wales, Kemeys Tynte Estate Records. Another group, 1626-1906, is held by the Gwent Record Office. The main collection of papers relating to the Somerset estates are held by the Somerset Record Office.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Extinct Baronetcies, (London, 1838); Thomas Nicholas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales, (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol II; Clark, George T., Limbus Patrum Morganiae et Glamorganiae, (London, 1886); Complete Peerage, (London, 1887-1898), vol. IV; Glamorgan Record Office, Catalogue of records for the Kemeys and Kemeys-Tynte Families of Cefn Mably (Glamorgan) and Halswell (Somerset).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2001; minor amendments 2005

Cefn Mabli Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence
Estate administration | Wales | Glamorgan
Estate administration | Wales | Monmouthshire

Personal names
Kemeys family , of Cefn Mabli
Kemeys-Tynte family , of Cefn Mabli
Kemeys-Tynte family , of Halswell

Corporate names
Cefn Mabli Estate (Wales)

Glamorgan (Wales)
Monmouthshire (Wales)

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