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Bangor University
William Owen Roberts, Plas Llangwnadl Manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS WOR

Held at: Bangor University

Title: William Owen Roberts, Plas Llangwnadl Manuscripts

Short Title: William Owen Roberts, Plas Llangwnadl Manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1793 - 1966

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 45 items

Name of creator(s): William Owen Roberts of Plas Llangwnadl


Administrative/Biographical history: William Owen Roberts was a tenant of Plas Llangwnadl in Lleyn, Caernarfonshire, owned by the Nanhoron estate. A farmer by profession, but also a local historian. He died in 1966.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection consists of transcripts of the parish registers of Bryncroes, 1730-1962; Penllech, 1785-1957; Llangwnnadl, 1781-1966; Llanfaelrhys, 1812-1951; Rhiw, 1845-1921; Aberdaron, 1814-1944; Llanbedrog, Tudweiliog, 1766-1953 and Pen-y-graig, 1813-1937. Amongst these are copies of Vestry Accounts and some epitaphs collected from various churchyards.
There are notes relating to the families of Llangwnnadl and surrounding parishes as well as family pedigrees.
The shipping section consists of a cargo book, 1910-1914, belonging to the ketch Colonel Gamble and an account book, 1915-1917, of the ketch, Tryfan . There are also notes and poems regarding various shipwrecks off the coast of the Lleyn peninsula.
The miscellaneous items include a collection of rare songs belonging geographically to the Lleyn area; a school exercise book, 1793; a Highway Rate Book, 1884-1889 and Poor Law Rate Book, 1923-1924 for the parish of Llangwnnadl and the account book of William Owen Roberts himself, 1910-1922. There are transcripts of articles, notes and essays on local history and Calvinist Methodism in Lleyn.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Arranged according to subject and 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 17301-17345

Language codes: wel eng


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: The Nanhoron estate papers are held at the National Library of Wales.

Publication note: Roberts, W.O., Big Lloyd , Caernarvonshire Historical Society Transcations, 1962, p. 132


Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes

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

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

Llangwnnadl (Wales) | Genealogy
Local government | Wales | Llangwnnadl | Archival sources
Poor laws | Wales | Gwynedd | Administration
Ships | Wales, North | 20th century | Sources
Shipwrecks | Wales | Llŷn

Personal names
Roberts , William Owen , d. 1966

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