Taliaris Muniments

Scope and Content

Family and estate papers of the Gwynne and Peel families of Taliaris, in the parish of Llandeilo Fawr, Carmarthenshire, comprising deeds, 1656-[c. 1958], rentals and estate accounts, 1785-1961, and wills, correspondence, vouchers, receipts, diaries, journals, portrait albums, painting and sketch books, military and personal photographs, and maps, [ c. 1715]-[c. 1958]; papers relating to the Peel family of Lancashire and elsewhere, [c. 1800]-[c. 1850], and papers relating to the Danyrallt estate, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, [c. 1833]-[c. 1904].

Administrative / Biographical History

The Gwynne family, the first family to be established at Taliaris, Carmarthenshire, were descended from a natural son of Sir Rhys ap Thomas of Dinefwr (d. 1525). This family failed with David Gwynne (d. c. 1721), after which the estate passed to his relative, Richard Jones of Tre-gib, Carmarthenshire. who changed his surname to Gwynne (d. pre-1753). After the death of his son, David Jones Gwynne in 1775 the Taliaris estate was offered for sale by order of Chancery in 1785, and was sold in 1787 to Lord Robert Seymour (d. 1831). The Gwynne family itself remained at Tre-gib until it was bought by the Carmarthenshire Education Authority in 1964. Shortly after the death of Lord Robert Seymour, his widow sold the Taliaris estate to Robert Peel, a Lancashire businessman, and first cousin to Sir Robert Peel. The estate continued in the Peel family until 1954, when most of the estate was sold. The mansion was sold to the Rev. Max Williams in 1967. The Danyrallt estate, originally known as Llwyn y Berllan or Dirleton, was purchased by John Peel in 1881. It was he who renamed the estate Danyrallt. The Danyrallt mansion was accidentally burnt down during the Second World War.


Arranged into the following sections: deeds and documents; rentals and estate accounts; and maps, plans, drawings and photographs.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mrs F. V. Peel in July 1967.


Compiled by Stephen Benham for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following source was used in the compilation of this record: Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families (Newport, 1997).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Carmarthen Archive Service, National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Alternative Form Available

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Carmarthenshire Archive Service have been retained


Acruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Cynghordy estate are National Library of Wales, DTM Jones 2269-2422, and further papers, [c. 1833]- [c. 1904] relating to the Danyrallt estate are Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Taliaris Muniments.

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