T. J. Owen Papers

Scope and Content


  • Drafts and notes for articles and lectures by T.J. Owen, on the history of the manor and parish of Aber, Caernarfonshire.
  • Photocopies and transcript copies of original documents, 14th -19th century, and maps and photographs relating to Aber.
  • Also contains correspondence between T. J. Owen and archivists at the County Record Office, Caernarfon, the PRO, the librarian of Hatfield House, and county council officials. Mainly relates to Aber manor history and parish affairs.
  • Material relating to the life and work of Hugh Davies (1739-1821), botanist and parson.
  • Research material relating to the Thomas family of Pen y Bryn, Caernarfonshire.
  • Notes on charities in the parish of Aber.
  • List of rectors of the parish of Aber, 1284-1888.
  • Photograph album, biographical material on the Palgrave Simpson family, Norfolk, ancestors of Mrs. T. J. Owen. Includes Palgrave Family Memorials, edited by Charles John Palmer & Stephen Tucker, produced for private distribution, Norwich (1878).

Administrative / Biographical History

T. J. Owen, of Pen y Bryn, Aber, Caernarfonshire was for many years a prominent landowner in the area. He was most interested in the history of the parish and was an active local historian. His residence Pen y Bryn was once the property of the Thomas family of Coed Helen, Caernarfon, built in 1600 by Sir William Thomas.


Material was received on different occasions, arranged according to type and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users


Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, February 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 21263-21328, 25407-25409

Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

Also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor is a lease, dated 1789 relating to Pen y Bryn. Reference number: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 22993


  • T.J. Owen The Records of the parish of Aber, in the Transactions of the Caernarvonshire Historical Society, vol. xiv (1953).
  • Charles John Palmer, & Stephen Tucker (eds.) Palgrave Family Memorials, produced for private distribution, Norwich (1878).

Additional Information

Contains transcripts of material relating to Aber, held at the Public Record Office and the Archives Department, University of Wales, Bangor.