North Wales Port Book

Scope and Content

North Wales Port Book containing accounts of the ports of Beaumaris, Conwy, Pwllheli, Caernarfon and Holyhead. The ships are divided into inwards over sea, outwards over sea, inwards coasters and outward coasters. Includes full particulars of ship's names, master's names, tonnage, manning, where bound, cargo. Particular notice is made of the great export of slates from Beaumaris and Caernarfon early in the 18th century as well as some details regarding smuggling in North-Western Wales.

Administrative / Biographical History

It is evident from this source that traders and mariners in North Wales looked towards Dublin, Chester and Liverpool to import goods.

Even in the early 18th century, a vast amount of slate was exported from the area.

For a greater insight into this form of commerce, consult the The Welsh Port Books (1550-1603), 1927 by E.A. Lewis.


Incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the University of Wales Bangor in 1929.


Description compiled by Elen Wyn Simpson, January 2004.

Other Finding Aids

A typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference number : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 484

Conditions Governing Use

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