Rev. John Williams, Brynsiencyn Manuscripts

Scope and Content

2 volumes of correspondence. A volume of 46 miscellaneous letters, written to and from various individuals, including John Elias and John Hughes of Llannerch-y-medd, 1786-1866. A volume of transcripts of 109 letters by John Elias, a number of which are addressed to his son, John, c. 1813-1839.

Llwyn Idris Papers, being the papers of the family home of John Elias. These include sermon notes, letters, newspaper cuttings and lecture notes, 1879-1922.

Also included are notes of sermons held at Amlwch, a history of the religious cause in Bethesda, Cemaes, Anglesey by Robert Williams and jocular verses written in response to Breuddwyd Arfon who wrote in Y Dysgedydd, 1827.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Williams, 1854-1921, was a Calvinistic Methodist minister from Anglesey. In 1878 he was made a minister at Brynsiencyn where he became a very popular preacher. In 1895 he moved to Liverpool, to Prince's Road. On his retirement in 1906 he returned to Anglesey.

His papers consist of material relating to John Elias, a very famous Calvinistic Methodist preacher. Born in 1774, ordained in 1811, and married in 1830 to Ann, widow of Sir John Bulkeley of Presaddfed, Bodedern. He died in 1841.

For further material relating to the Reverend John Williams of Brynsiencyn and John Elias, held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor, consult the Archives Hub


Incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users.

Acquisition Information

Manuscripts donated by the widow of Rev. John Williams, c. 1930.


Description compiled by Elen Wyn Simpson, March 2004.

Other Finding Aids

A typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 538-543

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