R. H. Thomas Papers

Scope and Content

The manuscripts of R. H. Thomas contain : 

  • A genealogical table of the family of Cae'r Ffynnon, Pentraeth.
  • A commonplace book.
  • Essays on various subjects such as Goronwy Owen, nonconformity in Anglesey, the history of Penygarnedd Chapel, Anglesey, notes on William Lewis of Glasinfryn and the C. M. cause in Cefniwrch.
  • Details of sermons preached at Penygarnedd Chapel, 1911-1933, together with minutes of monthly meetings etc.
  • Poetry written by R. H. Thomas.
  • Letters addressed to R. H. Thomas.
 Other manuscripts included are : 
  • A collection of Anglesey folklore entered for an Eisteddfod competition in 1908.
  • An autobiography by Lewis Owen, husbandman.
  • Two account books of Hugh Thomas, tailor, 1866-1888.
  • Two notebooks belonging to Hugh Williams of Minffordd, Llansadwrn containing accounts, notes and poetry, 1857-1858.
  • Vestry book of Llanfair Mathafarn Eithaf, Anglesey, 1821.
  • Volume containing the accounts of the Overseers of the Poor in Aston, near Birmingham, co. Warwick along with acts and orders etc. of the governors of the Aston Workhouse, 1700-1730. Also miscellaneous notes relating to Aston and Birmingham. The volume contains manuscript notes made at a later date by R. H. Thomas, such as copies of church registers, compiled for genealogical purposes.
  • Notes on sermons by Thomas Smith of Llangeinwen, 1820's - 1830's.
  • An essay on the old characters from the Penygarnedd and Rhoscefnhir areas, entered for Eisteddfod competition in 1928.
  • Accounts of Glasinfryn Chapel, Llanbedr-goch, Anglesey, 1898.
  • Accounts of Salem Chapel, Mynydd Bodafon, Anglesey, 1840-1849.
  • Accounts of Pentraeth Chapel, 1869-1877.
  • Notebook of the appointments of Rev. Richard Owen, Penygarnedd, 1844-1858.
  • Poetry of Gwilym Gwalia.

Administrative / Biographical History

R. H. Thomas of Cae'r Ffynnon, Pentraeth was the son of Hugh Thomas, tailor. Born in 1859, he received his education at the British School in Pentraeth and became a tailor, like his father, before being employed by an insurance company around 1920. He died in 1934.

It appears that his greatest hobby was compiling genealogical tables. He was also interested in place-names, folklore and religious history.


Items incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts. There is no apparent system of arrangement.

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Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, June 2002.

Other Finding Aids

An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 1586 - 1612, 20016

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Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Related Material

For further material relating to R. H. Thomas and his home, Cae'r Ffynnon in Pentraeth, Anglesey consult the Bob Owen, Croesor Papers and a collection of miscellaneous deeds also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 5053 and 2058-2061