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Bangor University
Diaries of Ellis James, Faenol

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS ELLJA

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Diaries of Ellis James, Faenol

Short Title: Diaries of Ellis James, Faenol

Creation date(s): 1836 - 1876

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 32 items

Name of creator(s): Ellis James, Faenol, 1813 - 1878.


Administrative/Biographical history: Ellis James was the son of Robert and Grace James of Ty gwyn, Llanberis, Gwynedd, but he was raised by his grandparents in the same village. Born on 21 January 1813, he was one of four children.
In 1840 he moved from Llanberis to the Faenol near Bangor, Gwynedd where he was well respected by the owner of the Faenol estate, Thomas Assheton Smith, as a very good farmer. He married Jane Griffith in 1850 and they had two children, Catherine James and Robert James.
Ellis James was a religious man, greatly influenced by the sermons of Rev. John Jones of Tal-y-sarn. He was a member of Y Graig Chapel, Bangor (C.M.) and became secretary of the Arfon Monthly Meetings in 1846.
In 1870, at the request of Thomas Assheton Smith, he had to leave Faenol in order to farm Ty'n Llwyn in Pentir. As a result, he also had to leave Y Graig Chapel and he became a member of Pentir Chapel (C.M.). He died in 1878 at the age of 66.
For further biographical details consult the memoirs of Ellis James, Hanes Bywyd y diweddar Ellis James, Ty'nllwyn, Bangor (1881)


Scope and content/abstract: Diaries containing sparse notes regarding religious meetings and agricultural matters mainly, 1836 - 1876. Rough accounts have been scribbled on a few items.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically 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: A typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 313 - 344

Language codes: wel


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Presented by Mrs Robertson, Penybryn, Edern in October 1927.



Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, December 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

Personal names
James , Ellis

Corporate names

Bangor (Wales)

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