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Bangor University
Papers of Rev. John Henry Williams, Canwy

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS JHWMS

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Papers of Rev. John Henry Williams, Canwy

Short Title: Papers of Rev. John Henry Williams, Canwy

Creation date(s): 1894 - 1970

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 151 items

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history: Rev. John Henry Williams, also known by his bardic name, Canwy , was a native of Llanfachreth, Merionethshire. Born in 1877, he was ordained a Calvinistic Methodist minister in 1913 and his first pastorate was Mynydd Isaf near Mold, Flintshire. In 1920 he moved to Tremadoc in Merionethshire and then in 1924 to Y Graig, Bangor, Gwynedd, where he stayed until his retirement in 1944. He then moved to Ffestiniog, Merionethshire to live. He was a vegetarian, who took an interest in the worship of nature. In some respects he was a supporter of Catholicism and was sometimes critical of the Quakers. He died in 1971 at the age of 94. For further biographical information see Y Goleuad , 10 March 1971 and 31 March 1971.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection consists of personal and family papers such as copies of birth certificates; genealogical material; diaries, 1899 -1957; Sabbath diaries, 1907 - 1958; photographs and a biography. There are also collections of poetry by Rev. John Henry Williams, some of which were composed for Eisteddfod competitions, 1894 - 1970. Essays, addresses, lectures and a play are also amongst his own compositions.
The letters are from various correspondents to Canwy , 1899 -1968, including a group from T. Gwynn Jones, Aberystwyth, 1918 - 1924 on subjects such as the war and Welsh grammar.
The miscellaneous material includes a summary of the history of Hermon chapel, Llanfachreth, Merionethshire; a minute book of brethren meetings at Mynydd Isaf chapel, near Mold, 1914 - 1915; a list of members married and buried by Canwy from 1913 - 1961 and a contribution book of Y Graig chapel, Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor, 1924 - 1942. Also, newspaper cuttings, 1899 - 1958 which consist mostly of his poetry.


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System of arrangement: The collection has been incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts. It has been arranged according to record type and then chronologically. The correspondence has been arranged alphabetically according to name of correspondent

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 Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 23367 - 23517


Archival history:

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

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

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

Calvinistic Methodists | Wales
Diaries | Wales | 20th century
Religion | Wales
Welsh poetry | 20th century
Williams, John Henry, | 1877-1971 | Correspondence

Personal names
Jones , T. Gwynn (Thomas Gwynn) , 1871-1949
Williams , John Henry , 1877-1971

Corporate names
Graig (Church : Bangor, Wales)
Mynydd Isaf Chapel (Mold, Wales)


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