Papers of Robert Griffith, Manchester

Scope and Content

The papers consist of a collection of letters written to and from various individuals. From Nicholas Bennett to Ceiriog, Idris Fychan and Robert Griffith which contain much information on old Welsh verses and harpists etc. From J.H. Davies, Sir Owen Edwards and Gwilym Cowlyd to Robert Griffith. From Robert Griffith to Mrs Ceiriog Hughes, Nicholas Bennett and Mr Robert Davies. From R. Gutyn Ebrill and Ceiriog etc. to others.

The three volumes of autobiography are full of comments about the people of Llanrwst, Denbighshire and the local country industries. Also, they provide details of the life of Robert Griffith in Manchester and his troubles as a writer and Eisteddfod competitor.

The essays cover various subjects such as the history of the interludes of Wales, Idris Fychan, Inigo Jones, Sir John Wynn and Gwydir families, ghosts and fairies. These were entered for Eisteddfod competitions in the 1900's. In addition, there is an interlude by Elis y Cowper, in his own hand, entitled Captain Argulus, 1756.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Griffith, born in 1847 in Llangernyw, Denbighshire was a man of letters who enjoyed the company of many literary people such as Idris Fychan and Nicholas Bennett. He competed in many Eisteddfodau but is best known for his published work Llyfr Cerdd Dannau (1913).

He worked for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Co. in Manchester as a carpenter and died in 1911.

Consult the three manuscript volumes of autobiography within these papers for further biographical information.


Papers incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

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Open to all users.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Rev. J. Francis Griffith, Carmel, Holywell, Flintshire, nephew of Robert Griffith.


Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, May 2002.

Other Finding Aids

An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 1001-1011

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Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.