Derwydd Muniments

Scope and Content

Family and estate papers of the Stepney-Gulston family of Derwydd and related families, including Vaughan and Gulston, comprising title deeds of the Derwydd estate in Carmarthenshire, 1543-1914, estate records including correspondence, 1655-1927, accounts, 1883-1935, vouchers, 1842-1959, rentals, 1748-1914, inventories and valuations, 1811-1883, and maps, 1642-1959; and family papers including family histories and genealogical papers, most notably, a number of Victorian and Edwardian scrapbooks and photograph albums, and nineteenth century genealogical and heraldic material relating to many of the county families of Wales and England. The archive also includes papers relating to Carmarthenshire Girl Guides, 1920-1945, and sale particulars 1875-1905, including particulars relating to Rhos Colliery 1905; and deeds and documents relating to mining activities [c. 1840]-1875.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rhydderch ap Hywel ap Bedo is the earliest named owner of Derwydd, in 1550. His only child, Elizabeth, also had an only child, Sage, who married Sir Henry Vaughan of Golden Grove, who came to live at Derwydd. Following Sir Henry's death, the estate was inherited by his daughter Rachel who married John Vaughan of Derllys. He was succeeded by his son Richard Vaughan of Derwydd who died without issue. The estate passed to his daughter, Elizabeth Lloyd, who married Sir Thomas Stepney of Llanelli. After the deaths of his sons without issue, the estate passed to his daughter, Elizabeth Bridgetta. She married Joseph Gulston in 1767, and the estate remained with their descendants until at least the 1980s.


Arranged into five sections: family history, genealogy, heraldry and other historical material; maps, plans, prints, drawings, pictures and photographs; correspondence, accounts, vouchers, rentals, inventories, maps and family material; deeds and documents; and miscellaneous.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Ralph Stepney-Gulston of Derwydd, 1966.


Compiled by Stephen Benham for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 18th ed, three vols,1965-72) vol. II ; Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families (Newport, 1997); Beckley, Susan, 'The Carmarthenshire Record Office: a survey of holdings', The Carmarthenshire Antiquary, XV (1979).

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Carmarthenshire Archive Service have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Stepney family of Llanelli, the Stepney-Gulston family, and the Vaughan family of Golden Grove are the Stepney Collection and the Cawdor Vaughan Muniments, both at Carmarthenshire Archive Service and National Library of Wales, Derwydd Estate Records.

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