Rowlands Family Papers

Scope and Content

Letters and transcripts of Rowlands family letters, by A.R.B. Thomas, c. 1982, (original letters dated 1851-1903). 

  • Transcripts of letters of William Rowlands, junior (54), Thomas Rowlands (4) and other Rowlands family members (7) and checklists of letters compiled by A.R.B. Thomas
  • Transcript of A life of Gwilym Lleyn by A.R.B. Thomas
  • Letters (3) from A.R.B. Thomas to Derwyn Jones, former Librarian, Welsh Library, University of Wales, Bangor, relating to Gwilym Lleyn

Administrative / Biographical History

William Rowlands (Gwilym Lleyn; 1802-1865), Wesleyan minister and bibliographer, was born at Bryncroes, near Aberdaron on the Lleyn peninsula in Gwynedd. In 1834 he married Anne Andrews (born ?1806). They had eight children, Jane (?1835-1876), twins John Andrew (1836-1854) and William (1836-1870), Ellen (?1840-1873), Thomas (born 1841-1878), Sarah (1843-1886), Annie (1845-1882) and Elizabeth (1848-1889). William Rowlands, junior, became a teacher before emigrating in 1864 to Australia and then New Zealand. Thomas Rowlands became an officer in the Merchant Navy and was drowned off Lands End.

A.R.B. Thomas was a great grandson of Gwilym Lleyn. His father was William Rowland Thomas (born 1867) son of Ellen (ne Rowlands) and Samuel Thomas (1839-1889).

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Acquisition Information

Donated by A.R.B. Thomas of 43 Old Road, Tiverton, Devon, c. 1982


Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, July 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department, University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 31398-31468

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

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