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Bangor University
Papers of Rev. R. Peris Williams

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS RPW

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Papers of Rev. R. Peris Williams

Short Title: Papers of Rev. R. Peris Williams

Creation date(s): 1838 November 14 - 1917

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 35 items

Name of creator(s): Rev. Robert Peris Williams (d. 1942); Rev. Richard Parry ('Gwalchmai', 1803-1897)


Administrative/Biographical history: Robert Peris Williams was a minister with the Congregationalists in Llandudno, Caernarfonshire and later at Queen Street, Wrexham, Denbighshire. He was also an overseer of the homes of Dr Barnardo in North Wales. During the First World War, he served as a chaplain in the army. He was a collector of books with an extensive library and a good friend of Gwalchmai . In fact, he wrote the memoirs of Gwalchmai and came into the possesion of a vast amount of his private papers following his death. R. Peris Williams was also a regular contributor to the British Weekly and the Christian World . He died in Rhyl, Flintshire in 1942.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection contains letters written to R. Peris Williams from various individuals; addresses and notebooks on religious matters such as the attempt to lift the debt owed by Henryd Chapel, Conwy, Caernarfonshire. Also, a few Eisteddfod adjudications, 1867 - 1878 and his own poetical works, 1849 - 1855 as well as two diaries written by him whilst serving as Chaplain in the First World War, 1915 - 1917 and details on the death of Hedd Wyn in 1917.
There is a large section of papers belonging and relating to Gwalchmai . Papers regarding his career as a minister and preacher collated most probably by R. Peris Williams for his memoir on Gwalchmai . Also, a large part of the collection is taken up by letters written to Gwalchmai from various correspondents, family and friends, poets and writers. They provide an insight into the life and interests of the literary men of the Victorian age in Wales and reveal a great deal about religious matters.
Other material, include, collections of hymns; sermons preached by Emrys , 1854-1856; sailing book, 1884-1885 of the Enterprise , captained by George Lewis; diary of Ceiriog as a station master in 1872; autobiography of Rev. Samuel Evans, Llandegla, Denbighshire, 1900 and essays on philology given to Gwallter Mechain by Dr Karl Meyer of Germany, 1844.


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System of arrangement: The papers were deposited at three different occasions resulting in some disruption of the sequence and order of the collection. They have been 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 4867 - 4897, 4902 - 4903, 26364, 31231


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Letters written by Rev. R. Peris Williams to Rev. R. Gwylfa Roberts can be found amongst the Gwylfa Papers. See MIMAS GB 0222 BMSS GWYL - Reference numbers General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 13384 - 13398, 22074
The Gwalchmai Manuscripts are also held at the Department of Manuscripts of the University of Wales. See MIMAS GB 0222 BMSS GWAL.


Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, September 2001

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

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

Congregationalists | Wales
Gwalchmai, | 1803-1897 | Archives
Personal archives | Wales | 19th century
Personal archives | Wales | 20th century
Shipping | Wales
Welsh poetry | 19th century
Williams, R. Peris | (Robert Peris) | Archives
World War, 1914-1918 | Chaplains | Diaries

Personal names
Ambrose , W. (William) , 1813-1873
Evans , Samuel , 1817-1902 , of Llandegla
Gwalchmai , 1803-1897
Hedd Wyn , 1887-1917
Hughes , John Ceiriog , 1832-1887
Williams , R. Peris (Robert Peris) , d. 1942

Corporate names

Llandudno (Wales)

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