Gwilym W. Owen, Esq. Papers

Scope and Content

Papers collected by Gwilym W. Owen, 1781-1959, comprising disbursement books, 1781-1851; plans, 1872; printed reports, 1896, 1945; memorandum, 1898; list of farms in Llanelltyd, [c. 1950]; maps, 1901, [c. 1955]; unpublished thesis, 1955; St David's Gold and Copper Mines Ltd papers, 1891-1898; newspaper cuttings on the 'Unity', 1937-1959; and history notes, [1880s].

Administrative / Biographical History

Gwilym W. Owen (fl. 1957) of Barmouth, Merionethshire, was a local historian from a family of sailors; he undertook research into his relatives and St David's (Clogau) gold mine for a thesis. His grandfather was Captain Rees Edwards (1816-1877) of the 'Jane Brown'. His great-great-grandfather was Captain Edward Edwards (1756-1837) of the 'Unity'. The St David's Mine, Bontddu, near Barmouth, operated by St David's Gold and Copper Mines Ltd, formerly a copper mine, was found to contain gold in 1854. It was one of the few productive gold mines in Great Britain producing the well-known Clogau Gold.


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Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, Miscellaneous Collection (Dolgellau), Gwilym W. Owen, Esq. Papers; Hall, George William, The gold mines of Merioneth, 2nd. ed. (Kington:[1988]); Clogau Gold website ( viewed 11th Nov. 2004

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Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives, the National Register of Archives and the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

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All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.


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