Casgliad Ellis Davies

Scope and Content

Records of Ellis Davies, Jones & Jones, Solicitors, and personal papers of Ellis Davies, 1793-1984, including office diaries, 1903-1937; financial records, 1901-1974; will books, 1895-1950; ledgers, 1892-1933; miscellaneous business records, 1889-1984; records of clients' estates, including the Cefnfaes estate, 1813-1950; Carneddi Road, Llanllechid, 1880-1925; Newborough estate, 1860-1965; Dinas estate, 1915-1929; Penrhyn estate, 1875-1907; Coedmor estate, 1913; clients' business records, 1819-1968; clients' wills, 1850-1936; deeds relating to land in Caernarfonshire, 1793-1965; Meirionethshire, 1904-1948; Anglesey, 1858-1917; miscellaneous, 1840-[c. 1979]; and personal papers of Ellis Davies, 1864-1974.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ellis Davies (1871-1939) was the son of David and Catherine Davies of Tyddyn Sabel, Bethesda, Caernarfonshire. He was educated at Carneddi School and Liverpool College. He later became a clerk at an insurance office in Wrexham, Denbighshire. In 1899, he passed his final examinations in law and began his career as a solicitor in partnership with Mr R. O. Roberts, the Town Clerk of Caernarfon. By 1917, the practice was known as 'Davies, Jones and Jones', of 22 Castle Square, Caernarfon. In 1901 he married Mary Grace Hughes, daughter of Mr Richard Hughes of Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire. In 1928 he set up his own practice with his daughter and two sons. Ellis Davies was very active in his religious life, and while in Wrexham had joined the Calvinist Methodist ministry as a preacher. He was eventually elected as deacon of the Moriah Calvinist Methodist Church and served on a number of committees of that denomination. Ellis Davies served as Secretary to the Eifion Division of the Caernarfonshire Liberal Association, and in 1906 he was nominated as candidates for the Liberal Party and held the seat for the Eifion Division from 1906 to 1918. In 1923, he became the candidate for the Denbigh Division of the Liberal Association, successfully holding the seat until 1929. Davies also became a member of the Chairman's Panel in the House of Commons and was Chairman of the Public Assistance Committee. He was the principal agent in the appointment of the royal commission which inquired into accidents at mines and quarries. He retired from active national politics in 1929 owing to ill-health, but continued to be involved in local government, including work as Chairman of the Caernarfonshire Public Assistance Committee.


Arranged into the following: Business papers; Estates; Client's Business; Client's Wills; Miscellaneous deeds; Miscellaneous papers; and Personal papers of Ellis Davies.

Access Information

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Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Casgliad Ellis Davies Collection, catalogue.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Caernarfon Record Office have been retained.

Custodial History

The collection was catalogued while the records were removed from the offices of Ellis Davies & Co.


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