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Bangor University
Thomas Artemus Jones Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS TAJ

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Thomas Artemus Jones Papers

Short Title: Thomas Artemus Jones Papers

Creation date(s): 1833-1977

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 572 items

Name of creator(s): Sir Thomas Artemus Jones


Administrative/Biographical history: Sir Thomas Artemus Jones (1871-1943), Judge, was the youngest of the six sons of a Denbigh stonemason. He left school early and before he was sixteen became a reporter on a local paper, beginning a career that spanned journalism, politics, historical research and the law. Among his best known legal work is his defence of Sir Roger Casement, his libel action against the Sunday Chronicle and his involvement in the campaign for repeal of the Statute of Henry VIII, which forbade the use of the Welsh language in courts. He was chairman of the conscientious objectors tribunal during World War II.
Towards the end of his life, he moved from Denbighshire and settled in Bangor becoming more involved with the University, having delivered a series of lectures on international relations and been elected its Vice President. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Wales.


Scope and content/abstract: This collection contains a wide variety of material relating to the law in general and specifically Sir Roger Casement's trial, the Welsh language in court and the case of Jones v. Hulton. Documents include notes, letters and reflections on the trials. Also contains material relating to honours and awards received by Sir Thomas Artemus Jones including letters of appointment, privileges and letters of congratulation; material relating to his publications, including duplicate chapters and rough notes on certain chapters of Without my Wig (1944) and notes for articles and speeches; general correspondence; newspaper cuttings; photographs and printed articles. Also contains conveyance documents and other material of relating to properties in Llanrwst, Denbighshire and Bangor, Caernarfonshire.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Material is arranged in chronological order according to record type 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: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 20785, 27634-28204

Language codes: eng wel


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Lady Mildred Artemus Jones


Publication note: Without my Wig , by Thomas Artemus Jones, (1944)
The Union of England and Wales , by William Rees, with an introduction by Thomas Artemus Jones (1938)
The Union of England and Wales ; a reading delivered before the honourable society of the Middle Temple by Thomas Artemus Jones, (1937)


Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, October 2001

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

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

Great Britain | Politics and government | History | 20th century
Judges | Great Britain | Biography
Lawyers | Great Britain | Biography
Legislation | Great Britain | History | 20th century
Trials | Great Britain
Welsh language

Personal names
Casement , Roger , 1864-1916 , Sir
Jones , Thomas Artemus , 1870-1943 , Sir

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