Papers: Bone Setters of Anglesey

Scope and Content

Papers: Bone Setters of Anglesey. Includes correspondence, 1832 - 1950; Newspaper cuttings, 1891 - [1935]; Notebooks, 1926; Family tree of Evan Thomas, 1930.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hugh Owen Thomas (1834-1891), pioneer in British orthopaedic surgery, came from a family of bone-setters in Anglesey, whose skills had been passed down from father to son for generations. His father, Evan Thomas, moved to Liverpool aged 19 to work amongst the seafarers and dockers; all his five sons became doctors. Hugh was apprenticed to his uncle, Dr Owen Roberts, at St Asaph, Denbighshire, and later studied medicine in Edinburgh and University College London; he qualified MRCS in 1857. His 'Thomas Splint' was introduced to the battlefields of the First World War by his nephew, Sir Robert Jones, and was credited with cutting the death rate from compound fractures from eighty per cent to twenty per cent. Dr John Lewis Thomas, born 1845, was the youngest of the four brothers of Hugh Owen Thomas.

Access Information

Dim cyfyngiadau/ No Restrictions

Acquisition Information

Adnau preifat / Private deposit.


Os gwelwch yn dda archebwch y dogfenau gan ddefnyddio y rhif cyfeirnod amgen (lle ddarperidd) / Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided)

Other Finding Aids

Mae copiau clawr caled o`r catalogau ar gael yn Archifau Ynys Môn ac yn y Gofrestr Cenedlaethol Archifau. Polisi Archifau Ynys Môn yw catalogio yn iaith y ddogfen./Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives to catalogue in the language of the document.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Cyflwr da /Good condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: Anglesey County Record Office, Minor list, Bone Setters of Anglesey; Hugh Owen Thomas webpage (, viewed 21 July 2003.

Appraisal Information

Mae'r holl gofnodiadau sy'n cydymffurfio â pholisi casglu Swyddfa Gofnodi Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn wedi eu cadw /All records which meet the collection policy of the Anglesey Archives have been retained.


Ni ddisgwylir croniadau/Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Anglesey Record Office, WSP 388-392

Geographical Names