Protheroe-Beynon Manuscripts

Scope and Content

Family and estate papers of the Protheroe-Beynon family, including deeds and documents, 1594-1892; estate records, 1833-1855; land tax papers; 1799-1883; plans, 1796-1840; diaries and journals of Mrs Emma (Jones) Protheroe, 1807-1818; correspondence, 1812-1856; and photographs, [late 19 century].

Administrative / Biographical History

The family derives from a mixed origin, combining the Joneses of Penrallt, Cardiganshire, the Scottish family of Schaw, the Protheroes of Dolwilym, Carmarthenshire, and the Beynons of Trewern, Pembrokeshire. The Protheroe family resided at Dolwilym, from around the turn of the 17th century when Rhydderch ap John, living in 1600, bought Dolwilym. The estate descended in the male line until Evan Protheroe (1715-1795), who had married Elizabeth, daughter of David Jones, of Penyrallt, died without issue. He devised the estate to his brother-in-law, Dr Evan Jones, stipulating that he should take the surname Protheroe. Evan Jones succeeded to the estate on the death of his sister Elizabeth in 1813. He married Emma, widow of David Garrick, and when he died in 1841 the estate passed to his only daughter Emma Hart Protheroe. She married William Garrick Bridges Schaw (d. 1856), who took on the additional surname of Protheroe after their marriage in 1819. Their son, Edward Schaw Protheroe (d. 1906) married Ellen Augusta Cecilia Beynon, daughter of John Thomas Beynon, of Trewern. Ellen's great-grandfather was Thomas Beynon of Cethin, who had inherited Trewern in right of his wife, Mary Thomas, heiress of Trewern and daughter of John Thomas (d. 1730). The estate had passed down the male line until Ellen Augusta Cecilia Beynon. Edward and Ellen's heir was Major Godfrey Evan Protheroe of Dolwilym and Trewern, who took the additional surname of Beynon in 1899.


Arranged into two groups: Group I contains deeds and documents, Land Tax papers, plans, diaries and journals, letters and miscellaneous documents, and Group II contains additional Protheroe-Beynon documents.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by J.G. Protheroe-Beynon, Hurst House, Laugharne, and by J. Towyn Jones, Brynsiriol, 14, College Road, Carmarthen, in June 1982.


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

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at the Carmarthenshire Archive Service 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 of the Protheroe-Beynon family are Carmarthenshire Archives, Protheroe-Beynon Additional Records, National Library of Wales, Trewern Estate Records, and National Library of Wales MSS 21981-21986.

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