Lowless and Lowless, solicitors, of Shaftesbury House, Pembroke and Pembroke Dock, Records

Scope and Content

Records of Lowless and Lowless Solicitors, 1556-1962, including office papers, 1883-1951; Bush Estate, register of leases, 1803-1929; conveyancing papers, 1944-1945, and miscellaneous, 1871-1962; Leach family title deeds and related papers, 1556-1938; family wills and settlements, 1757-1923; estate papers, including leases and rentals, 1714-1943; maps, 1763-[c. 1908]; personal, business and probate papers, 1692-1941, and Smyth's and Capel's Trust, 1710-1898; Holyland Estate, abstracts of title, wills and settlements, [c. 1831]-1942; conveyances and related papers, 1911-1936; leases and tenancy agreements, 1843-1939, and estate papers, 1897-1942; Lawrenny Estate papers, 1858-[c. 1948], and Glanarberth Estate papers, 1892-1911; Orielton Estate sales particulars and deeds, 1856-1920; leases, 1783-1956; maps, 1878; rentals, 1881-1941; accounts, 1883-1959; miscellaneous estate papers, 1863-1945; family papers, 1866-1928; and Miss Georgina Genieve Graham's Trust, 1791-1925; title deeds and related papers of Barlow family, 1631-1813; of the Owen family, 1634-1810; of the Lort family, 1652-1767; family wills and settlements, 1652-1767; other title deeds, 1688-1947, and miscellaneous documents, 1760-1956

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1898, Norman Dosson Lowless and Ronald Dosson Lowless formed the solicitors firm of Lowless & Lowless, based in pembroke and Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, as successor to the firm of D. Hughes and Wynne. After the deaths of Norman, in 1933, and Ronald, in 1937, Owen Frederick Lowless took over the firm as a sole practitioner in 1950. The firm accumulated probates, letters of administration, sale particulars, title deeds and related papers relating to their clients' interests in the course of their work, mainly in Pembroke, Pembroke Dock and the surrounding area. The firm and its predecessor was involved in the administration of several trusts, as well as family estates including the Meyrick family's Bush Estate, Pembroke Dock, the Leach family, of Corston, Hundleton, and Jamaica, and Smyth Trust and Capel Trust, the Adams family's Holyland Estate, St Michael, Pembroke, the Lawrenny Estate, Neyland, the Lort Phillips family's Glanarberth Estate, in Llechryd, Cardiganshire, and Haverfordwest, the Orielton Estate, Pembroke Dock and Monkton, of the Owen family and Miss Jane Martha Jones of Cilwendeg, and the descendants of Wyrriott Owen (d. 1773), of Great Nash.


Arranged into the following: office papers; Bush Estate; Leach family; Holyland Estate; Lawrenny and Glanarberth Estates; Orielton Estate; Mrs Owen Barlow, Lawrenny Hall; and miscellaneous documents.

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Lowless and Lowless, Solicitors, of Shaftesbury House, Pembroke and Pembroke Dock


Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Lowless and Lowless, solicitors, of Shaftesbury House, Pembroke and Pembroke Dock Records catalogue; Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, (Newport, 1996); and Lowless and Lowless website (www.lowless.co.uk/), viewed 28th June 2005.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright laws apply. Some are too fragile to be reproduced.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained


Accruals are possible.

Related Material

The majority of records of the management of the Bush Estate is deposited in the Pembrokeshire Record Office, D/BUSH. Further papers relating to the Lawrenny estate are Pembrokeshire Record Office, D/LAW and HDX/929; and in National Library of Wales, Morgan Richardson Papers.