Breese Jones and Casson, Solicitors, Porthmadog, Papers

Scope and Content

Records collected by Breese Jones and Casson, Solicitors, 1561-1921, including deeds of the Evans family of Y Bleiddbwll, Llanbedr, Merionethshire, 1561-1856; abstract of title relating to Castell and Broneinydd, Llangelynnin and Llanegryn, Merionethshire [c. 1850]; records relating to the administration of Merionethshire, 1860-1921, including Merionethshire County Council Main Roads Committee minutes, 1896-1898; correspondence, 1888-1920; records of the Quarter Sessions, 1863-1905; records relating to rates, 1884-1896; highways records, 1887-1905; claims, 1893-1897; County Surveyor's records, 1889-1914; records relating to asylums, 1896-1897; and electoral lists, 1918.

Administrative / Biographical History

Breese Jones and Casson, solicitors, were based in Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire, during the 19th and 20th centuries. The firm dealt with property and land throughout Caernarfonshire, Merionethshire and Montgomeryshire. The firm collected records relating to the local government of Merionethshire, including those of Merioneth County Council, based in Dolgellau, Merionethshire, which took over many administrative duties of the Court of Quarter Sessions, such as responsibility for roads, bridges, county rates, county buildings, the police force, and licensing. The Local Government Act 1929 transferred responsibility for public assistance from the Boards of Guardians to the county councils. Other responsibilities relating to public health, agriculture, mental deficiency, highways and planning were transferred to the councils between 1919 and 1947.


Arranged into the following: Estate deeds; Papers relating to county administration in Merioneth.

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Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Meirionnydd Archives, A Catalogue of the Breese Jones and Casson, Solicitors, Porthmadog, Papers; Cofnodion y Cyngor Sir/County Council Minutes, catalogue.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Meirionnydd Archives, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records of Breese Jones and Casson are Caernarfon Record Office, Breese Jones and Casson Additional Papers, X/B.J.C. The main Merioneth County Council archive is Meirionydd Archives, Z/CM. The official records of Merionethshire Quarter Sessions are in Meirionydd Archives, Z/QS and Z/QA.