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Bangor University
Journals and papers of David Griffith, Curate

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS DG

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Journals and papers of David Griffith, Curate

Short Title: Journals and papers of David Griffith, Curate

Creation date(s): 1853 - 1896

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 61 items

Name of creator(s): David Griffith, Curate

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: David Griffith, schoolmaster and curate, was born in Bontnewydd, Caernarfonshire in 1841. After a period as a student teacher at Bontnewydd Church School, he joined the North Wales Training College at Caernarfon in 1860. He became schoolmaster of his old school, but then moved to Capel Curig in 1861 as schoolmaster where he stayed until 1875.
He was then accepted into Llanbedr Pont Steffan College. He became curate of St Mary's Church, Aberdâr, Glamorganshire from 1877-1883 and served at several other parishes throughout Wales until his death in 1910.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Journals, 1854-1896, of David Griffith serving as curate in various parishes throughout Wales, including Capel Curig and Llanbedr, Caernarfonshire; Pontrobert, Montgomeryshire; Aberdâr and Hirwaun, Glamorganshire, Gaerwen, Pentraeth, Amlwch, Llanbedr-goch and Trefdraeth, Anglesey. These are written in good Welsh and English and include many descriptions of characters and situations. He is very opinionated, criticising individuals involved with the Church as well as the Church in general, and its Englishness. They provide a valuable insight into the life of a curate and his duties.
Also includes note books, newspaper cuttings, a summary of the contributions of David Griffith to the Welsh church press from 1873-1887 e.g. Yr Haul , Y Cymro and Y Cyfaill Eglwysig and notes on parishes, churches and parsons. A few letters also make up the collection, many written by Owen Williamson of Dwyran, Anglesey on various subjects, in particular on the snobbery of some church members.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically where possible 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: An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 1636-1674, 1709-1721, 3001-3006, 4573, 7347-7348

Language codes: wel eng

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Items 1636-1674 donated by Mr John Rowlands of Caernarfon (his mother-in-law, Mrs Jones was a cousin of David Griffith).

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: See also Williamson Manuscripts on the H E Archive Hub , held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor for item relating to David Griffith. Reference number : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 1777

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, April 2002

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

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


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Aberdare (Wales) | Religious life and customs
Amlwch (Wales) | Religious life and customs
Capel Curig (Wales) | Religious life and customs
Clergy | Wales
Diaries | Wales | 19th century
Gaerwen (Wales) | Religious life and customs
Hirwaun (Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales) | Religious life and customs
Llanbedr (Gwynedd, Wales) | Religious life and customs
Llanbedrgoch (Wales) | Religious life and customs
Pentraeth (Wales) | Religious life and customs
Pontrobert (Wales) | Religious life and customs
Trefdraeth (Anglesey, Wales) | Religious life and customs

Personal names
Griffith , David , 1841-1910
Williamson , Owen , 1840-1910

Corporate names

Places
Aberdare (Wales)
Amlwch (Wales)
Capel Curig (Wales)
Gaerwen (Wales)
Hirwaun (Wales)
Llanbedr (Gwynedd, Wales)
Llanbedrgoch (Wales)
Pentraeth (Wales)
Pontrobert (Wales)
Trefdraeth (Anglesey, Wales)

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