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Bangor University
Papers of Robert Thomas of Abercegin

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS RT

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Papers of Robert Thomas of Abercegin

Short Title: Papers of Robert Thomas of Abercegin

Creation date(s): 1793 - 1841

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 34 items

Name of creator(s): Papers of Robert Thomas of Abercegin, Bangor, fl 1793 - 1841.


Administrative/Biographical history: Robert Thomas of Abercegin, timber merchant by trade, was also a tenant on the estate of Lord Penrhyn, Bangor, Caernarfonshire. He was a prominent member of the flourishing literary circle in North Wales at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. He was a friend and patron of the poets and writers of the period.
He married a cousin of his, Susannah Davies of Cefn Rug, Corwen, Merionethshire and had at least one daughter, Anne Thomas.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection includes family correspondence, 1796 - 1841 and literary correspondence, 1810 - 1832. Amongst the writers are the poets, David Thomas, Dafydd Ddu Eryri ; Roberts Davies, Gutyn Peris and Robert Davies, Bardd Nantglyn . Numerous correspondents thank Robert Thomas for his friendship and patronage and some letters have poems enclosed.
There is a volume of Welsh poetry, ca 1805 - 1836, containing works by the poets aforementioned and others such as Gwilym Caledfryn; Idris Mon; David Jones, Brydydd Hir . The volume also includes a poem by Anne Thomas, daughter of Robert Thomas.
Amongst the miscellaneous items there is Robert Thomas' will and a list of the tenants in Abercegin, Bangor, 1793 - 1828.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Arranged according to record type and then chronologically. The papers are incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts.

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: An item level catalogue is available at the Department of Manuscripts of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 8594 - 8627 .

Language codes: wel eng


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred to the Department by the great grandchildren of Robert Thomas, Mrs Hughes of Moelfre, Anglesey and Miss E.S. Jones, Bryn Mona, Ffriddoedd, Bangor in January 1950.



Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, August 2001.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Art patronage | Wales | 19th century
Thomas, Robert, | Correspondence
Welsh poetry | 19th century

Personal names
Thomas , Robert , of Abercegin (Bangor , Wales)

Corporate names

Bangor (Wales)

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