Lewis Lloyd Collection

Scope and Content

Copies, [post 1968], of probate records including wills, inventories, administration bonds, codicils, depositions, interrogatories, statements and letters (created between 1643 and 1856), relating to people resident in Llanaber, Llanbedr, Llandanwg, Llanddwywe, Llandecwyn, Llanelltyd, Llanenddwyn, Llanfair, Llanfihangel-y-traethau, Llanfrothen, Maentwrog, Aberdyfi and Tywyn, Merionethshire, Llanbedr, Denbighshire, Horsleydown, Surrey, and Liverpool, Lancashire.

Administrative / Biographical History

Before the introduction of Civil Probate in 1858, wills were usually proved in the diocesan ecclesiastical courts. Probate records relating to the diocese of Bangor from 1635 to 1858 were deposited in the National Library of Wales in about 1945. Dr Lewis Lloyd (1939-1997) of Llanfair, Merionethshire, was a lecturer at Coleg Harlech from 1968. From the mid 1970s he published numerous works on maritime history and wrote histories of Aberdyfi and Barmouth, Merionethshire, and Pwllheli and Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire. Lloyd purchased copies of probate documents relating mainly to the hundred of Ardudwy, Merionethshire, from the National Library of Wales.


Arranged alphabetically by surname of deceased

Access Information

No restrictions


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, Lewis Lloyd Collection, catalogue; Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff, 1969); Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997); Lloyd Hughes, A., 'Dr Lewis William Lloyd (1939-97)', Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes a Chofnodion Sir Feirionnydd, XII (4) (1997), pp. 307-9.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further research papers of Dr Lewis Lloyd are Meirionnydd Archives, Z/M/910.

Location of Originals

Originals are in the National Library of Wales.

Geographical Names