Court Estate Papers

Scope and Content

Papers of the Court Estate, Llanllawer, Pembrokeshire, 1505-1966, including deeds and papers relating mainly to lands in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, 1505-1920; wills and related papers, 1658-1912; letters and personal papers of Daniel Gwynne, 1776-1788, William Gwynne, 1778; Thomas Gwynne, 1777-1828; Thomas Gwynne, solicitor, 1820-1835; William Gwynne, 1811-1845; Anne Gwynne, 1809-1867; Rebecca Lloyd, 1809-1837; John William Lloyd, 1810-1822; Lettice Mortimer, 1840-1899, John Morgan Mortimer, 1829-1861; the Rev. Thomas Gwynne Mortimer, 1847-1903; Anne Thomas, 1856-1904; Richard Jones Thomas, 1819-1869; Dr J. R. Thomas, 1862-1925; Thomas family of Posty papers, 1687-1801; miscellaneous correspondence, 1782-1940; papers relating to elections, 1768-1885; notices to quit, 1797-1830; game certificates, 1827-1834; financial papers, mainly of the Gwynne and Mortimer families, 1782-1963; tax and tithe records, 1799-1921; notices and posters, 1807-1930; newspapers, 1798-1966; papers relating to the French invasion of 1797, 1842-1897; poetry, 1815-1890; inventories, [late 18th century]-1864; genealogical papers, 1817-1920; photographs, 1907-1937; and miscellaneous papers, 1802-1914.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Court estate in the parish of Llanllawer, Pembrokeshire, was originally a farm dating to the sixteenth century. In 1800, John Gwynne of Haverfordwest, pembrokeshire, built a large mansion on the estate. The Gwynne family included Daniel Gwynne (fl. 1776-1788), his brother William (fl. 1778) and Thomas Gwynne (fl. 1777-1828). Thomas's children included Thomas, a solicitor, (fl. 1820-1835), William (fl. 1811-1845), Anne (fl. 1809-1867), Lettice (fl. 1820-1899), who married John Morgan Mortimer, and Rebecca (fl. 1809-1864), who married John William Lloyd (fl. 1810-1822). John Morgan and Lettice Mortimer's children were John Mortimer, Anne Mortimer (fl. 1856-1904) and the Rev. Thomas Gwynne Mortimer (fl. 1847-1903). Anne married Dr J. R. Thomas (fl. 1862-1925), son of Richard Jones Thomas of Fishguard, Pembrokeshire (fl. 1819-1869). The Court estate passed to the Rev. Thomas Gwynne Mortimer in 1875. Mortimer Thomas then inherited the estae, and the Thomas family lived at Court until it was sold in 1956.


Arranged into seven groups: Group One, deeds; Group Two, photographs and miscellaneous papers; Group Three, souvenir menu and warrant cards; Group Four, photographs; Group Five, newspapers, scrapbooks and photographs; Group Six, photographs and miscellaneous papers; Group Seven, photograph album; Group Eight, prayers; Group Nine, deeds, wills and related papers, letters and personal papers, elections, notices to quit, game certificates, accounts, bills and receipts, tax and tithe records, notices and posters, newspapers, papers relating to the French Invasion, poetry, inventories, genealogical papers and miscellaneous.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Papers deposited by Mrs R. Brown, Goodwick, Pembrokeshire, 1971-1974; photograph album deposited by Mrs P. J. Borgenstierna, daughter of Mrs K. Royston Brown, Stockholm, Sweden, 1973.


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Court Estate, catalogue; Jones, Major Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and Their Families (Newport, 1996).

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy is available in Pembrokeshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Court Estate are Pembrokeshire Record Office, D/RKL