Noel Gibbard Collection of Ivorites Records

Scope and Content

Records relating to the St David's Unity of Ivorites, 1862-1959, including conference reports, 1897-1911, magazines, 1915-1959, private lecture books, 1862-1900, rules, 1878-1920, accounts, 1922-1959, 'Signs and Grips of the Order' booklets, 1862; minutes and papers of Llanelly District, 1932-1957; records of Briallen Gwili Lodge (Llandilo District), 1891-1959, Caradog Lodge, Llandybie, 1891-1959, and Waddell Lodge, Tumble, 1915-1959.

Administrative / Biographical History

The St David's Unity of Ivorites was a friendly society established in Wrexham, Flintshire, in 1836, by Thomas Robert Jones (1802-1856). In 1838, the St David's Lodge was formed in Carmarthen, and acted as the principal lodge in South Wales. Its intention was to foster unity and fraternity amongst its members, as well as providing for members in financial difficulty. Weekly premiums were collected from the members in order to pay benefits such as burial expenses. The movement was also concerned with intellectual, moral and social improvement, and there were firm rules regarding behaviour, as well as secret signs and handshakes, passwords, oaths of secrecy, and fines for revealing details of a lodge's business to outsiders. The Ivorites took their name from Ifor Hael, the patron of the medieval poet Dafydd ap Gwilym, and were strongly committed to promoting the Welsh language. The movement was organised locally into districts, including Llanelli and Llandeilio, and individual lodges, including Briallen Gwili Lodge, Llandeilo, Caradog Lodge, Llandybie, and Waddell Lodge, Tumble. The movement was dissolved in 1959.

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Rev. Noel Gibbard, Llanelli and Cardiff, 1968, 1986.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Carmarthenshire Archives Service, N. Gibbard (Ivorites); National Library of Wales, Glanamman Ivorites Lodge Records; Ammanford town website (, viewed September 2003

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Carmarthenshire Archives Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

Ivorites 8 was withdrawn by Noel Gibbard in 1969.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Ivorites are: University of Wales Swansea LIS Archives, MNA/I/34; Cardiff University Library Archives, LEW; National Library of Wales, Enoch Morgan (Troed-y-rhiw) Papers, Glanamman Ivorites Lodge Records.