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Bangor University
Rev. W.O. Evans Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS WOE

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Rev. W.O. Evans Papers

Short Title: Rev. W.O. Evans Papers

Creation date(s): 1778 - 1981

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 570 items

Name of creator(s): Rev. W.O. Evans, 1864 - 1936; Rev. W.H. Evans, also known as Gwyllt y Mynydd , 1831 - 1909; Rev. John Hugh Evans, also known as Cynfaen , 1833 - 1886 and John Evans, also known as Ioan Tachwedd , 1790 - 1856.


Administrative/Biographical history: John Evans, Ioan Tachwedd , 1790 - 1856, was a well known Wesleyan Methodist minister and poet. His son, William Hugh Evans, 1831-1909, was also a Wesleyan Methodist minister. Born at Maenllwyd Mawr, Ysgeifiog, Flintshire he began preaching in 1850 and served in the circuits of Holyhead, Caernarfon, Abergele, Beaumaris, Llanfair Caereinion, Denbigh, Llangollen, Dolgellau, Mold, Llanrwst, Portmadoc, Barmouth, Liverpool, Bagillt, and Rhyl. He retired in 1895. He also took an interest in politics and was a contributor to various papers and periodicals such as Yr Eurgrawn, Y Traethodydd and Y Genhinen , and between 1864 and 1867, he was editor of Y Winllan . Gwyllt y Mynydd wrote the memoirs of his brother, John Hugh Evans, Cynfaen , 1833 - 1886, Wesleyan Methodist minister.
W. O.Evans, son of Gwyllt y Mynydd , 1864-1936, was born at Llanfair Caereinion, Montgomeryshire and attended Didsbury Wesleyan College. A good preacher in both Welsh and English, and a writer who published a biography on his father and contributed to various papers and periodicals. He was also a writer of hymns.


Scope and content/abstract: The papers of Rev. W. O. Evans can be divided into sermons, ca 1891 - 1923; addresses on subjects closely related to religion, ca 1905 - 1923; sermon text books, 1882 - 1919; journals 1909 - 1920; hymns and translations of hymns from English to Welsh; material on the history of Wesleyanism in the Portmadoc area such as newspaper cuttings, letters, essays, 1870 - ca 1936; miscellaneous material which consist of addresses, letters, notes and scrapbooks, 1882 - 1981. There is also a virtually unbroken series of diaries, 1882 - 1933.
The Gwyllt y Mynydd material contains diaries which range from 1855 - 1908 along with essays, articles, sermons and poetry. Also included is a collection book of the Edward Jones Memorial Chapel, Bathafarn, Rhuthun, Denbighshire, 1778 - 1837 and detailed notes of the work of Rev. W.H. Evans at the circuit of Abergele, 1860 - 1861 and Llanfair Caereinion, 1863. Amongst the correspondence are his letters to his mother, 1860 - 1861.
There are a few works of poetry by Cynfaen , 1851 - 1877 and a diary, 1855 and sermons, notes and poetry belonging to Ioan Tachwedd , including a copy drawing of his home, Bryn Rhedydd, Ysgeifiog, Flintshire.
There is a group of correspondence between all family members and notebooks with pedigrees and notes on family history.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: The papers were received at different occasions and have been catalogued separately and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts . Some items arranged according to record type.

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 441, 2727 - 2852, 4193 - 4209, 5154 - 5250, 28809 - 29136, 33045

Language codes: wel eng


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Two of the earliest deposits were made by the widow of Rev. W. O. Evans in September 1943. A later deposit was made by the daughter of W.O. Evans, Mrs Myfanwy Clapham , London.


Related material: See General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 18632 for biographical notes on Rev. John Hugh Evans, Cynfaen


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

Diaries | Wales | 19th century
Essays | Wales | 20th century
Methodist Church | 19th century | Hymns
Methodist Church | Hymns
Methodists | Sermons
Methodists | Wales
Religion | Abergele (Wales)
Religion | Llanfair Caereinion (Wales)
Religion | Portmadog (Wales)
Welsh poetry | 19th century

Personal names
Evans , John , 1790-1856
Evans , John Hugh , 1833-1886
Evans , W. H. (William Hugh) , 1831-1909 , Gwyllt-y-Mynydd
Evans , W. O. (William Owen) , 1864-1936

Corporate names
Edward Jones Memorial Chapel (Ruthin, Wales)


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