Herbert Marshall Manuscripts

Scope and Content

Note-books and draft chapters in a considered study of the mid-Conwy Valley - its geology, geography, history, folk-lore etc. The chapter titles are : The Topography of the Parishes, The Villages and Hamlets, Ancient Burial Sites and other Relics, Early Hill Forts and Battle Sites, The Romans, The Churches, The Mountains, The Lakes and Mountains, Agriculture, Industries.

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert Marshall was a monoglot Englishman who came to work at the Aluminium Works (Laboratory Department) at Dolgarrog, Caernarfonshire. He learnt Welsh and could speak it exceptionally well. Later, he emigrated to Canada.

He studied the mid-Conwy Valley extensively, consulting manuscripts and examining the traditions of the countryside. His intelligent curiosity and powers of collation are very evident in the notes he made on the area.


Items incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts. The documents arrived at the Archives Department in a mixed state and the proper sequence in all cases has not been found.

Access Information

Open to all users.

Acquisition Information

Received from Mr W. O. Roberts of Llandudno Junction.


Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, September 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 3267-3286

Conditions Governing Use

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

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