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University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Welsh Ballads Collection

Reference code(s): GB 1953 WB

Held at: University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Title: Welsh Ballads Collection

Short Title: Welsh Ballads Collection

Creation date(s): [1825?]-[1885?]

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 0.012 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): D H Davies


Administrative/Biographical history: David Henry Davies was born in New Quay, Cardiganshire, in 1828, the son of Daniel Owen Davies, surgeon, and his wife Margaret. Davies was educated at New Quay and Cardigan, before entering St. David's College, Lampeter in 1862.
Davies was ordained a curate in 1864, and was made a priest in 1867. From 1864 to 1865 he acted as curate in the parish of Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire, and then spent three years as a curate at Oystermouth, Glamorganshire. In 1868 he became vicar of Llannon, Carmarthenshire, leavingin 1877 to take up the post of vicar of Cenarth in the same county.
Davies was known for his excellent library, which he probably inherited, and then added to himself. He also wrote a number of ballads, including 'I fechgyn yr Ysgol Rammadegol, Emlyn' (1909). He died in 1910.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection contains four volumes of printed ballads in pamphlet form, bound together during the 1960s, along with an index. The ballads cover a variety of subjects, including criminal offences, especially murders; hangings; accidents, including coal mining disasters; shipwrecks; religion and various revivals; love; the arrival of the railways in Wales, and local events, such as the Rebecca Riots. The ballads relate mainly to Wales, with some written by famous Welsh poets such as Tegid and Eben Fardd.


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System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: The manuscripts may be consulted on application to the Founders' Library, University of Wales, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED, tel.: 01570 424716, e-mail: .

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: See the Index to the Welsh Ballads.


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The Cenarth Collection was donated to St. David's College, Lampeter in 1904, by D H Davies. It is likely that the ballads arrived at the university as part of this donation.


Related material: The remainder of the Cenarth Collection, comprising D H Davies' library, is also held at the Founders' Library.


Note: Description compiled by Rhian Phillips, Archives Hub project archivist, with reference to the University of Wales, Lampeter Archive.

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

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

Folk poetry, Welsh
Folk songs, Welsh language

Personal names
Davies , David Henry , 1828-1910

Corporate names


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