B. Maelor Jones Collection

Scope and Content

Records of B. Maelor Jones, 1696-1981, including papers relating to his book, Henry Fielding novelist and magistrate, 1932-1948; papers relating to the Merionethshire Historical and Record Society, 1950-1971; papers relating to Baptist Church and religious affairs, [c. 1851]-1980; papers relating to Merionethshire Rural Community Council, 1947-[1969]; papers relating to Coleg Harlech, 1946-1981; papers relating to Dr Williams' School, Dolgellau, 1968-1976; and miscellaneous papers, 1696-1976.

Administrative / Biographical History

Benjamin Maelor Jones (1894-1982) was born in Johnstown, Denbighshire, the son of Edward and Jane Jones. He was educated at Ruabon Grammar School and the University of North Wales, Bangor. He later graduated in law from London University and was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1929. He taught in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Clitheroe, Lancashire, and Woking, Surrey, until 1936, when he was appointed Headmaster of Bala Boy's School. From 1943, Maelor Jones was Director of Education for Merionethshire, until his retirement in 1960. He supported numerous bodies, notably Merionethshire Historical and Record Society, of which we was the first Honorary Secretary and Chairman from 1962, but also Merioneth Rural Community Council, the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Coleg Harlech and Dr Williams' School, Dolgellau. Maelor Jones was elected a deacon of Judah Baptist Church, Dolgellau, Merionethshire, in 1947, and in 1953 became the Honorary Treasurer of the Chapel. He was also elected President of the Baptist Union for Denbigh, Flint and Merioneth in the same year. B. Maelor Jones researched a biography of Henry Fielding and wrote Henry Fielding, novelist and magistrate, published in 1933.


Arranged into two groups: Group one consists of Henry Fielding, novelist and magistrate, Merioneth Historical and Record Society and related historical matters, The Baptist Church and religious matters, Cyngor Gwlad, Coleg Harlech; Miscellaneous; Group two consists of miscellaneous papers.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Meirionnydd Archives, Casgliad B. Maelor Jones Collection, catalogue; Jones, Richard Oliver, 'Benjamin Maelor Jones', Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes a Chofnodion Sir Feirionydd, IX (1981-1984).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Meirionnydd Archives and Caernarfon Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.


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