Kemeys-Tynte MSS

Scope and Content

Deeds and documents relating to the Priory and Cefn Mably estates of the Kemeys-Tynte family, mainly in Monmouthshire, 1722-1922; family papers, 1729-1906, and a survey of the manor of Kemeys, Monmouthshire,1650.

Administrative / Biographical History

David (fl. 1436), third son of Jevan or John, third son of John ap Jevan Kemeys, married Cecil, daughter and heir of Llewelyn ap Evan ap Llewelyn ap Cynfrig of Cefn Mably on the borders of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire. The Kemeys family of Cefn Mably descended from Lewis, their eldest son. The Cefn Mably estate remained in the hands of the Kemeys family until the death, unmarried, of Charles Kemeys in 1735. He was succeeded by his sister Jane who married the Rev. John Tynte (d. 1710), 2nd baronet, of Halswell in Somerset, and rector of Goathurst. They were succeeded in turn by their three sons, Halswell Tynte (1705-30), 3rd baronet, of Halswell and Cefnmabli, whose two daughters died young, the Rev. John Tynte (1707-1740, d. unm.), 4th baronet and rector of Goathurst, and Charles Kemeys Tynte (1710-1785, dsp.), 5th baronet. He received the Penmark estate from Mary Kemeys (c. 1699-1785) who had married William Kemeys. Charles was succeeded by his niece Jane Hassell (1738-1824), only surviving child of Charles's sister Jane Tynte (1708-41) and her husband (m. 1737) Ruishe Hassell (d. 1749), a major in the Royal Horse Guards. Jane Hassell married Colonel John Johnson of Glaiston in Rutland and Burhill, Surrey, in 1765. On his wife's succession in 1785 he changed his name to John Johnson Kemeys-Tynte (d. 1795). They were succeeded by their son Colonel Charles Kemeys Kemeys-Tynte (b. 1788) of Halswell and Cefn Mably, who was succeeded by his son Charles John Kemeys-Tynte (b. 1800), lieutenant-colonel of the Glamorgan militia and MP for West Somerset, 1832-1837, and Bridgwater, 1847-1865. He married Elizabeth, daughter and coheir of Thomas Swinnerton of Butterton Hall, Staffordshire, in 1822, and was succeeded by his son Charles Kemeys-Tynte (b. 1822), colonel of the Somerset militia. Cefn Mably remained in the hands of the Kemeys Tynte family until 1923.


The Monmouthshire deeds and documents are arranged by parish, with separate groups of Priory and Cefnmabli estate deeds and documents, miscellaneous deeds and documents, family papers, and manorial records. The deeds and documents relating to properties in other counties are grouped together within those counties.

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Compiled by Stephen Benham for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this record: Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales (London, 2 vols, 1872) vol. II; Clark, George T., Limbus Patrum Morganiae et Glamorganiae (London,1886); Complete Peerage (London, 8 vols, 1887-98) vol. IV; Burke's Extinct Baronetcies (London, 1838); Monmouthshire Record Office, Catalogue of the Kemeys-Tyne MSS.

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Related Material

Further papers relating to the Welsh estates of the Kemeys and Kemeys-Tynte families are Glamorgan Record Office, DKT, and National Library of Wales, Kemeys-Tynte Estate papers. Papers relating to the family's Somerset estates are in the Somerset Record Office.

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