Whitney Estate Collection

Scope and Content

Deeds relating to properties in Oystermouth, 1654-1779; Deed relating to properties in Swansea, 1792; Deeds relating to properties in Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, 1756-1780; Bonds, 1740-1773; Surveys, 1721; Inventories, 1793-1820; Wills, 1786-1816; Accounts, 1721-1817; Bills, 1749-1821; Receipts, 1755-1821; Promissory notes, 1764-1822; Medical prescriptions, c.1730-1812; Family correspondence, 1731-1823; Insurance policies, 1793-1804; Taxes, 1796-1817; Miscellaneous papers, 1746-c.1850

Administrative / Biographical History

The Whitney family of John Whitney and Hannah (nee Davies). These papers relate to the legal and personal affairs of John Whitney and of his descendants. John Whitney was an apothecary in Swansea. He was admitted as Burgess of Swansea in 1746 and died around 1756. He married Hannah Davies (bur. 1780) and the collection also includes papers relating to her brothers Lewis, Owen and Thomas and Thomas' wife Martha. Other papers relate to the children of John and Hannah, namely Ann (baptised 1728, buried 1793), Eleanor (baptised 1737, married David Hopkin in 1773) and Martha (baptised 1741, buried1820). There were also three sons Thomas, Walter and William who all appear to have died at a young age.


The collection was originally catalogues at University College Library, Swansea, where an interpretation of the originally order was made. This catalogue lists the items chronologically under the headings stated in Scope and content.

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

The records were originally held at The Royal Institution of South Wales, Swansea. From 1966 onwards the records were moved to the library in the University College, Swansea in consignments. They were transferred to West Glamorgan Archive Service in the Spring of 2004.


Compiled by Katie Millien for the West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records transferred to the West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.