Derwydd (Additional Muniments)

Scope and Content

Additional papers relating to the Stepney-Gulston family of Derwydd, Carmarthenshire, and related families, 1657-[20th century], comprising letters relating to properties of Joseph Gulston, 1827-1860; papers relating to the poor at Llandeilo, 1814-1836; plans relating to Turnpike Trusts in Carmarthenshire, 1828; letters to Joseph Gulston, 1831-1837; wills relating to the Derwydd estate, 1657-1671; and photographs, mainly of members of the Stepney-Gulston family, [late 19th century]-[early 20th century].

Administrative / Biographical History

The earliest named owner of Derwydd, Carmarthenshire, is Rhydderch ap Hywel ap Bedo in 1500. Later, Elizabeth Lloyd inherited the estate and married Sir Thomas Stepney of Llanelli; the estate passed to Elizabeth Brigitta Stepney who, in 1767, married Joseph Gulston. A second Joseph Gulston (fl 1827-1860) ran the estate and was also involved in local turnpike trusts and administration of the Poor Law. Alan Stepney-Gulston (b. 1844) had a keen interest in his ancestry, and in 1886, adopted the additional surname Stepney by Deed Poll, and became Alan Stepney Stepney-Gulston. His intention was to use Derwydd as a residence and to restore it to its former glory. In 1998, Derwydd estate was sold.


Arranged into the following: letters to Messers Brace (letters relating to properties of Mr Gulston); miscellaneous letters, notices, accounts, bills and plans; and wills.

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Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of the description: Carmarthenshire Archives Service, Catalogue of Derwydd (Additional Muniments); Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 1965); Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families (Newport, 1997); Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff 1969); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales (Baltimore, 1991 (fascimile of 1875 ed.); Jones, Gareth Elwyn, Modern Wales. A concise history (Cambridge, 1994); Molloy, Pat, And they blessed Rebecca. An account of the Welsh Toll-gate Riots, 1839-1844 (Llandysul 1983); Jones, Francis, The Francis Jones Treasury of Historic Carmarthenshire (Pembrokeshire 2002); Hughes, Lynn, A Carmarthenshire Anthology (Llandybie 2002); Carmarthen Record Office Survey of Archival Holdings.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the finding aid is available at Carmarthenshire Archives Service. Further details about manorial records within the archive can be accessed from the Manorial Documents Register.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accrual are not expected

Related Material

The main collection of Derwydd material is Carmarthenshire Archives, Derwydd Muniments; further papers of the Stepney family are Carmarthenshire Archives, Stepney (Additional Collection).

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