Cwmgwili Letters and Papers

Scope and Content

Letters of the Philipps family of Cwmgwili,1675, 1714-1946, many relating to the municipal life of Carmarthen, British politics, Carmarthenshire politics and elections, and to service in the army and navy; journals of Grismond Phillips, 1832-1849, and Cwmgwili estate rentals, 1725-1732, 1764-1772.

Administrative / Biographical History

About 1589, Charles Vaughan of Penybanc Issa, son of Walter Vaughan of Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, esq., married Catherine Jones, the heiress of Cwmgwili. His descendant, another Charles Vaughan, died without issue in 1678, leaving Cwmgwili to his wife Anne, the daughter of John Vaughan of Llanelli, in fee simple. Anne Vaughan died in 1706, leaving the estate to her second husband, Griffith Lloyd of Llanarthne. Griffith Lloyd died in 1713, leaving Cwmgwili and most of the estate to his great-nephew, Grismond Philipps, eldest son of John Philipps of Ty Gwyn near Llandeilo, whose descendants still live there


Arranged into the following sections: letters and papers, 1659-1853; undated letters; fragments; miscellaneous papers, 1709-1946; and journals, 1832-1849.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Sir Grismond Picton Philipps of Cwmgwili.


Compiled by Stephen Benham for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Jones, Francis, 'Cwmgwili and its families', Carmarthenshire Historian, xiii (1976)

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at the Carmarthen Archive Service, National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Carmarthenshire Archive Service have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Cwmgwili estate are National Library of Wales, Cwmgwili Estate Records, and Griffith E. Owen Papers; the latter remains uncatalogued.


Jones, Francis, 'Cwmgwili and its families', Carmarthenshire Historian, xiii (1976), pp. 23-66, xiv (1977), pp. 20-49.

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