Brigstocke Family Papers

Scope and Content

Family papers of the Brigstocke family of Blaen-pant and Llechdwnni, comprising common-place books, [19th century]-[20th century], which include much material relating to the town of Carmarthen; general material relating to the Brigstocke family, including account books, wills, and correspondence, 1738-1964; newspapers, 1831-1936; photographs, [19th century]-1965, and records of Brigstocke & Son, wine & spirit merchants of Carmarthen.

Administrative / Biographical History

The original residence of the Brigstocke family in Wales was Llechdwnni in the parish of Llandefaelog, Carmarthenshire. The reversion of the Llechdwnni estate was sold by Morris Bowen to John Brigstocke (1604-1640) for £528. His great-grandson, William Brigstocke (1686-1725), acquired the Blaen-pant estate in the parish of Llandygwydd, Cardiganshire, through his marriage to Elizabeth, daughter and sole heir of William Jenkins of Blaen-pant and Carrog, Cardiganshire. Their son, William Brigstocke (1708-1751) of Blaen-pant and Llechdwnni, married Mary, heiress of Francis Lloyd of Glyn, Carmarthenshire, in 1739. Owen's son was William Owen Brigstocke (1761-1831),of Blaenpant, Llechdwnni and Gellidywyll. He inherited the Gellidywyll estate in Cenarth, Carmarthenshire, in 1795 when Captain Thomas Lewes left the estate to him, his nearest blood relative. Gellidywyll remained a seat of the family until the latter part of the nineteenth century, when it was sold to the Earl of Cawdor. William Owen Brigstocke (1784-1861), son of William Owen Brigstocke died without issue, and the estate passed to his nephew, another William Owen Brigstocke (1831-1900) of Blaenpant. His heir, Augustus Brigstocke (1854-1930), sold the Blaenpant estate in the early twentieth century. Augustus' heir was Gwilym Owen Brigstocke. Llechdwnni was inherited by Augustus Henry Brigstocke, grandson of William Owen Brigstocke (1761-1831). Augustus died without issue in 1909, and devised Llechdwnni to his sister, Isabella Fegan who sold the estate. The family moved to Dyffryn, The Parade, Carmarthen, and established a company, Brigstocke & Son, wine and spirit merchants.

Arrangement

Arranged into four groups: Group I, the Brigstocke collection; Group II, general material, newspapers, and photographs; Group III, Brigstocke & Son wine and spirit company; and Group IV, family photographs and miscellenea.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by F. P. Brigstocke of Dyffryn, The Parade, Carmarthen, February 1964; by H. L. Brigstocke of the same in July 1966 and August 1970; and by Ronald Evans, director of Brigstocke & Son, in June 1970.

Note

Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, (London, 1959); Burke's Landed Gentry,( London, 18th ed, 3 vols, , 1965-1972) vol III ; Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families, (Newport, 1997); Jones, Francis, Historic Cardiganshire Homes and their families, (Newport, 2000).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at the Carmarthenshire Archive Service 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

Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records are National Library of Wales, Brigstocke (Family) Papers, and Map Collections; and Carmarthenshire Archive Service, EG/Brigstocke Papers.

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