Scope and Content

Schedule of Papers of Henry Taylor, Esq., including Deeds, Notes etc., 1248-1872; Newspaper Cuttings, 1879-1926; Miscellanea, 1879-1920; and Personal Papers, 1887-1924.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Taylor was formerly the Chairman of Flintshire Historical Society. Born at Wigan, son of Henry Taylor, colliery owner, he qualified as a solicitor in 1864, becoming a senior partner in the firm of Boydell and Taylor, solicitors, Chester, in 1873. From 1874 to 1906 he was town clerk of Flint. He married a Miss Venables, of Whitchurch, Salop; they had four daughters. Taylor is best-known, as far as Wales is concerned, as the author of 'Historic Notices…of the Borough and County-Town of Flint', 1883. In his time he was one of the best informed persons on the history and antiquities of north-east Wales and Cheshire. He can be regarded as the founder of the Flintshire Historical Society, to the journal of which he contributed. He also wrote to similar journals published elsewhere, particularly those of Cheshire. He collected much record material, together with printed books and prints relating to Flintshire and transferred it to the National Library of Wales, of which he was a governor and a member of the council, to form the nucleus of a 'Flintshire Historical Collection'. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and was awarded the degree of M.A. ( honoris causa ) by the University of Manchester. He died on 3rd January 1927.


Arranged into the following: Deeds, Notes etc.; Newspaper Cuttings; Miscellanea; and Personal Papers.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Steven Davies of Flintshire Record Office. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Henry Taylor MSS; National Library of Wales Dictionary of Welsh Biography.

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Custodial History

Deposited 27 Jan 1955


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Related Material

The Henry Taylor manuscripts in NLW, now N.L.W. MSS. 6267-6331, show the wide range of his interests; of particular interest are the numerous letters from Welsh and other historians and antiquaries which he had preserved.