Dillwyn-Llewelyn family

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Estate and family correspondence 1838-1915; estate papers 1825-1900; financial papers 1862-1909; personal papers of John Dillwyn-Llewelyn 1841-1879.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1807 Lewis Weston Dillwyn (1778-1855) married Mary Adams the daughter of Colonel John Llewelyn of Penllergare (also spelt Penlle'r-gaer), Llangyfelach, Glamorgan. John Llewelyn's father had inherited the Penllergare estates from his cousin Gruffyd Price c1790 who had been the last of his line.

Lewis and Mary Dillwyn had six children: Fanny (1808-1894); John (1810-1882); William (1812-1819); Lewis Llewelyn (1814-1892); Mary (1816-1906) and Sally (1818-1828).

John Dillwyn-Llewelyn (1810-1882) was the eldest son of Lewis and Mary Dillwyn and was born in 1810. On coming of age he took the surname of his maternal grandfather in accordance with the terms of his grandfather's will which left him the Penllergare and Ynysygerwyn estates. In 1833 he married Emma Thomasina Talbot the youngest daughter of Thomas Mansel Talbot of Margam and Penrice. They had 7 children.

John Dillwyn-Llewelyn was High Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1835 and acted as a magistrate for Glamorgan. He had considerable scientific interests. He worked with Wheatstone on his work on the electric telegraph. He also worked with Fox Talbot in making advancements in photography and was involved in the foundation of the Photographic Society of London in 1853 and was a founder member of what later became the Royal Photographic Society. He was also interested in botany.

In 1871 John and Emma moved to London leaving their son John Talbot in charge of the family estates in Wales. Emma died in 1881 and John Dillwyn-Llewelyn in 1882.

Sir John Talbot Dillwyn-Llewelyn (1836-1927) was the son of John and Emma Dillwyn-Llewelyn. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church College, Oxford. In 1861 he married Caroline Julia Hicks Beach the daughter of Sir Michael Hicks Beach.

John Talbot became High Sheriff in 1878 and Mayor of Swansea in 1891. He was Conservative MP for Swansea 1895-1900 and was created a baronet in 1890. He inherited the botanical interests of his ancestors and was made the Vice-President of the Royal Horticultural Society. In 1896 he was a member of the Royal Commission on Land in Wales. John Talbot was also an active supporter of education. He died in 1927.

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Custodial History

This collection forms part of the Royal Institution of South Wales Collection and was transferred from the Archives at University of Wales Swansea to West Glamorgan Archive Service in April 2004.

Related Material

For further material relating to the DILLWYN family see GB 217 LAC/26.