The fifteen tribes of North Wales, etc.,

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 210 NLW MS 13172B.
  • Alternative Id.
      (alternative) vtls006005973
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, Welsh.
  • Physical Description
      18ff., unnumbered, the first blank, with two larger sheets folded and pasted in between ff. 11 and 12. Parchment cover made out of an affidavit sworn at Swansea, 1821.
  • Location
      ARCH/MSS (GB0210)

Scope and Content

A manuscript (watermark 1838) in a parchment cover made out of an affidavit sworn at Swansea, 1821, containing transcripts from a manuscript or manuscripts of Peter Vaughan, A.M., vicar of Llangerniw [Llangernyw, co. Denbigh] as follows: two 'englynion' containing the names of the fifteen tribes of Gwynedd; 'A short acc[oun]t of the fifteen tribes of North Wales collected out of ancient B[r]itish MSS. by P[eter] V[aughan]', followed by an account of the five royal tribes of Cambria ('5 Brenhinllwyth Cymry'), with the names of 'Pump Kostawglwyth Cymry' and '3 byrriach Gwynedd'; the pedigrees of the fifteen tribes of North Wales, etc., drawn to Beli Mawr; the names of the kings of Britain to Brutus and to Cadwaladr and of the princes of Wales from Cadwaladr to Llewelyn ab Griffith; and 'A short acc[oun]t of the Archbishopricks & Bishopricks in England & Wales by P[eter] V[aughan] 1685'. The tenor of the affidavit forming the cover is that Robert Withecombe of the town of Swansea, co. Glamorgan, gent., knows Alexander Prole and Dorothea, his wife, two of the cognizors named in a fine. Loose in the manuscript is a fragment of a (?) fourteenth century legal manuscript in Latin, once used as a cover for a small book or manuscript.


Title based on contents.

Formerly known as Llanover E. 10.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 13172B.

Other Finding Aids

The description is also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

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