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Bangor University
Papers of Rev. Thomas Edwards (Gwynedd)

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS GWYN

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Papers of Rev. Thomas Edwards (Gwynedd)

Short Title: Papers of Rev. Thomas Edwards (Gwynedd)

Creation date(s): ca. 1690 - 1923

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 124 items

Name of creator(s): The Rev. Thomas Edwards, also known by his bardic name Gwynedd ; Peter Bailey Williams, Rector of Llanrug and Llanberis from 1792 - 1836; and Griffith Williams, Gutyn Peris , 1769 - 1838.

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The Rev. Thomas Edwards, also known by his bardic name Gwynedd was born in 1844 at Glasinfryn, Pentir, Caernarfonshire. In 1867 he was ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Bangor and in the following year he became a Priest. He served as Curate of Llandegfan, Anglesey between 1867 and 1872 and then at Dwygyfylchi, Caernarfonshire, 1872-1876. He then moved to Llanfihangel-y-Pennant in 1876, Llanllyfni in 1891 and finally Aber in 1901 where he served as Rector until his death in 1924. Rev. Thomas Edwards was also a Canon of Bangor Cathedral, 1908-1924 and a diocesan inspector of schools, 1880-1889.
As well as being a cleric, Gwynedd was also a poet, antiquary and eisteddfodwr . He won the chair at the National Eisteddfod at Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1885 and was also treasurer of the Gorsedd of the Bards from 1902 until 1924.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: The papers consist of three volumes, being collections of poetry in the hand of Peter Bailey Williams, Rector of Llanrug and Llanberis, Caernarfonshire from 1792 until 1836. The first volume is dated 1794. They contain the works of Aneirin, Taliesin, Guto'r Glyn, William Llyn, Gruffudd Grug and numerous other Welsh poets.
Also included are two volumes, once owned by Griffith Williams, Gutyn Peris , 1769 - 1838. The first volume is a collection of poetry in various metres in the hand of the aforementioned, together with his autobiography. The second volume contains the rules of Welsh poetry. Also included is a volume of Festival Sermons written in a late seventeenth century hand and preached at various London Churches between 1690 and 1706.
Amongst the manuscripts of Gwynedd himself, there are poems, addresses, Eisteddfod compositions and Eisteddfod adjudications. Also, a collection of diaries, 1880-1921. In addition, the collection includes a group of correspondence addressed to Gwynedd and copies of replies written by him,1890-1923, mostly relating to Eisteddfod matters. There are extracts from the Aber Vestry Minute Book, 1820-1894, a list of the members of the Gorsedd of the Bards , 1911 and a journal of a visit to the United States in 1889 which records some interesting impressions of Washington, Buffalo, Boston, Oneida, Utica and other towns en route.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: The papers of the Rev. Thomas Edwards are incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts. There is no apparent system of arrangement.

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 Department of Manuscripts of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts : 14675 - 14798.

Language codes: wel eng

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: For further material relating to Peter Bailey Williams see Gwyneddon Manuscripts. held at the Department of Manuscripts of the University of Wales Bangor.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

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

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
Church records and registers | Wales | Abergynolwyn
Sermons, English | 17th century
United States | Description and travel
Welsh poetry | 18th century
Welsh poetry | 19th century
Welsh poetry | 20th century
Welsh poetry | To 1550

Personal names
Edwards , Thomas , 1844-1924
Williams , Griffith , 1769-1838
Williams , P. B. (Peter Bailey) , 1763-1836

Corporate names
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru
Gorsedd y Beirdd

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