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Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office
Owen, Gwilym W., collection of family papers and St David's Gold and Copper Mines Ltd records

Reference code(s): GB 0220 Z/M/838

Held at: Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office

Title: Gwilym W. Owen, Esq. Papers

Short Title: Owen, Gwilym W., collection of family papers and St David's Gold and Copper Mines Ltd records

Creation date(s): 1837-1932

Level of description: Fonds

Extent:

Name of creator(s): Owen, Gwilym W.

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Gwilym W. Owen (fl. 1957) of Barmouth, Merionethshire, was a local historian from a family of sailors; he undertook research into his relatives and St David's (Clogau) gold mine for a thesis. His grandfather was Captain Rees Edwards (1816-1877) of the 'Jane Brown'. His great-great-grandfather was Captain Edward Edwards (1756-1837) of the 'Unity'. The St David's Mine, Bontddu, near Barmouth, operated by St David's Gold and Copper Mines Ltd, formerly a copper mine, was found to contain gold in 1854. It was one of the few productive gold mines in Great Britain producing the well-known Clogau Gold.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Papers collected by Gwilym W. Owen, 1781-1959, comprising disbursement books, 1781-1851; plans, 1872; printed reports, 1896, 1945; memorandum, 1898; list of farms in Llanelltyd, [c. 1950]; maps, 1901, [c. 1955]; unpublished thesis, 1955; St David's Gold and Copper Mines Ltd papers, 1891-1898; newspaper cuttings on the 'Unity', 1937-1959; and history notes, [1880s].

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Original order maintained

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives, the National Register of Archives and the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from creator of fonds. The archive contains earlier material pre-dating his birth.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, Miscellaneous Collection (Dolgellau), Gwilym W. Owen, Esq. Papers; Hall, George William, The gold mines of Merioneth, 2nd. ed. (Kington:[1988]); Clogau Gold website (www.clogau.co.uk) viewed 11th Nov. 2004

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

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2004.


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Gold mines and mining | Wales | Gwynedd
Llanelltyd (Wales) | History
Owen, Gwilym W. | Archives
Ship registers | Wales | Barmouth
Ships | Wales | Barmouth

Personal names
Owen , Gwilym W.

Corporate names
Jane Brown (Ship)
St David's Gold and Copper Mines Ltd
Unity (Ship)

Places
Barmouth (Wales)
Bontddu (Wales)
Llanelltyd (Wales)

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