Wern Estate - Papers of R. M. Greaves

Scope and Content

Papers of R. M. Greaves, 1873-1967, comprising correspondence and other personal papers, 1873-1919; farm accounts, 1883-1967, and plans and other documents relating to Wern, 1884-[20th century]; papers relating to Bryncir, 1881-1965, including sales catalogues, 1895-1943, rents, leases and purchases, 1884-1924; items relating to Llechwedd Slate Quarries, mainly registers of rainfall, 1890-1930; and letters to Col. Williams-Ellis, 1952-1959.

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Methuen Greaves (b. 1852) was the second son of John Whitehead Greaves (1807-80), owner of the Llechwedd Slate Quarries, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merionethshire. Greaves undertook a world trip in 1873 and 1874. In 1885 he succeeded his brother, John Ernest Greaves (1847-1945), as general manager of the Llechwedd Slate Quarries. He owned Wern Home Farm, Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, and purchased the Bryncir estate, Dolbenmaen, Caernarfonshire, in about 1899. Greaves was interested in all things mechanical and instigated agricultural and domestic improvements on his estates. Wern was at one point converted into a Red Cross Home. It later came into the possession of Col. Martyn (or Martin) Williams-Ellis (1885-1968), nephew of R. M. Greaves.


Arranged into the following: personal; Wern; Bryncir; and Col. Williams-Ellis.

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papers of R. M. Greaves, catalogue; Llechwefan/Slatesite website (www.llechicymru.info/), viewed 30 July 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Papers of John Ernest Greaves are in Caernarfon Record Office, XD/84. Wern Papers XM850.