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Henblas A Manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0222 HENA

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Henblas A Manuscripts

Short Title: Henblas A Manuscripts

Creation date(s): ca.1647-ca.1838

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 0.5 linear metres

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history: The Evans family of Henblas, co. Anglesey appears to be descended, not from Henry Morgan (d.1780), but from his sister, Margaret who married William Evans of Llethrddu, near Llanaelhaearn in 1725. The old Lloyd family and the Morgans who succeeded them had secured control of a good proportion of the parish of Llangristiolus along with unimportant outliers in other parishes. However, with the marriage in 1725 of Margaret and William Evans, new life and personality was brought to the family fortunes.
There were numerous acquisitions of land under William Evans, although not large in area, and it is noteworthy that there was but one substantial acquisition following his death - the Bontnewydd lands in Caernarfonshire. The son Charles was lucky in marrying an heiress but her estate was small and heavily incumbered. In turn, his son Hugh, who came to the estate after the successive deaths of two unmarried brothers, saddled the estate with an incubus which it found impossible to shake off.
The eventual solution was to refer the impossible situation to the Court of Chancery, which could only lead to the inevitable decree that a sufficient part of the estate be sold to liquidate the mortgagors and to carry out the provisions in the will of Hugh's son, Charles Henry Evans. Charles Henry Evans left a widow, Henrietta Evans, to cope with a world of difficulties, in poor health, jealously guarding the interests of her young son Warren, though surrounded by an array of surveyors, valuers, auctioneers, and Masters in Chancery.


Scope and content/abstract: A collection of 19 items. The outstanding items in the collection are the two diaries written by William Bulkeley (1691-1761) of Brynddu, Llanfechell, and covering the years 1734-1743 and 1747-1760 respectively. Another volume of diaries, extending from 1743 to 1747 was obviously at one time in existence, but was lost or misplaced before the collection reached the Library. Other items from this collection are six manuscript volumes associated with Mrs Elizabeth Morgan, wife of Henry Morgan of Henblas, and consisting of household accounts, 1732-1775; inventories of pewter and linen, etc., 1734; and of store-rooms, 1734; a record of gardening operations, 1754-1772; and cookery and medical recipes. The collection also includes the original manuscript of Henry Rowlands's Mona Antiqua Restaurata (1723) and a book of recipes and medicines from the early eighteenth century belonging to Rowlands's sister, Amy Rowlands; a book of pedigrees of Gwynedd families formerly belonging to Humphrey Humphreys, Bishop of Bangor (1689-1701); a seventeenth-century manuscript volume containing, for the most part, arguments in Latin bearing on the questions set for the Oxford Acts, etc.; and a group of four manuscripts written by Chancellor Edward Wynn of Bodewryd consisting mainly of notes and sermons.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Chronologically mainly

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics made at the discretion of the archivist.

Finding aids: Catalogue at item level.

Language codes: english and latin


Accruals: None expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Originally placed on temporary loan in the Library by Mrs Warren Evans of Henblas, Llangristiolus, Anglesey, and Lady Hugh Vincent of Bronwydd, Bangor, and later purchased from the trustees of the Henblas estate.


Related material: Henblas B Manuscripts


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

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

Diaries | Wales | 18th century
Estate administration | Wales | Anglesey
Personal archives | Wales | Anglesey

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