Ashby (Ty Calch) Manuscripts

Scope and Content

This collection consists of papers that belonged to the family of Ty Calch, Llangristiolus, Anglesey. It consists of papers relating to life at Plas Goronwy, during William Williams' youth, which include business/farm papers, letters and copies of poetry; papers that belonged to O. J. Rowlands, John Prytherch's nephew; papers relating to Robert Roberts, (Y Sgolor Mawr); papers that reflect the history of the Methodists, especially in Anglesey; John Prytherch's account books; John Prytherch's sermon notes; O. J. Rowland's diary; Dyffryn Gwyn diaries; notebooks/books, belonging to different members of the families, relating mainly to religious matters; wills of William Williams and his wife, Emma Williams; a book belonging to Hugh Hughes (Y Bardd Coch o Fon); papers and letters regarding the early history of Methodism in London, once belonging to Thomas Jones of London, brother in law to John Prytherch; letters to John Prytherch; letters to and from William Williams; letters to Miss Mary Prytherch, sister to John Prytherch, and future wife of Thomas Jones; a group of 138 letters to and from various members of the family; letters to William Prytherch Williams; genealogical items; miscellaneous items.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Prytherch was a minister with the Calvinistic Methodists. Born in 1774, he was the son of William Prytherch. His father was not a nonconformist and as a result he turned his son out of his home because of his beliefs. John Prytherch went to live with the parish curate at Felin Bach. From there he went to Dyffryn Gwyn, Llanffinan, Anglesey and stayed there for most of his life. In 1806 he began to preach, and in 1831 he was ordained. He died in 1864.

One of John Prytherch's daughters, Emma, married William Williams of Plas Goronwy, Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey, in 1839. He was born in 1806, and was also a minister with the Calvinistic Methodists. His father was Morus Williams, the son of Richard Williams of Plas Goronwy, who was a cousin to the Morrises of Anglesey. William Williams' grandfather on his mothers' side was Michael Thomas of Garnedd Wen, one of the first Methodist preachers in Anglesey. In 1829 William Williams started preaching, and in 1848 he was ordained. In 1843 he moved from Plas Goronwy to Graianfryn and in 1852 he moved to Ty Calch, Llangristiolus and there he remained until his death in 1884.

William Prytherch Williams, the son of William and Emma Williams also became a Calvinistic minister and worked in London.


No apparent system of arrangement

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs Maurice Ashby, of Ty Calch, co. Anglesey and Isleworth, Middlesex, London. Additional manuscripts were deposited in 1934 and in 1958 by Mr Sam Gee, Ty'n-y-groes, Conwy.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogue at series and item level.

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Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics made at the discretion of the archivist.


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John Prichard, Methodistiaeth Mon o'r dechreuad hyd y flwyddyn 1887, (Amlwch, 1888)

Parch R. Hughes, Y Valley, Enwogion Mon (1850-1912), Dolgellau: E. W. Evans, (Swyddfa'r 'Goleuad', 1913)