Brynaerau Manuscripts

Scope and Content

This collection of 15 items nearly all relate, or at one time belonged, to Solomon Williams of Brynaerau Isa in the parish of Clynnog, Caernarvonshire, and his family. They include commonplace books with entries by Solomon Williams, 1806-1845; account books of John Owen of Caernarfon, overseer of the poor for the parish of Clynnog, 1828-1829; maps and surveys of the estate of Solomon Williams in the parish of Clynnog 1842; diaries of the aforementioned Solomon Williams and his son John Solomon Williams, 1836-1887; and a medicine book.

Administrative / Biographical History

Solomon Williams was born in 1770 and lived at Brynaerau Isa in the parish of Clynnog, Caernarfonshire. He died in 1848. All the information regarding Solomon Williams has been taken from the papers, created and gathered together by himself and members of his family. As a fairly substantial and intellectual farmer and landowner, he took an active interest in land improvement. He was also, evidently an active member of the local rural and chapel-going society. The C.M. chapel of Brynaerau stood on the land of Brynaerau Isa. His son John Solomon Williams, whose diaries are also included amongst the Brynaerau manuscripts, was born on 19 August 1836. He was evidently fairly musical, as his membership of the North Wales Choral Union proves. He died in 1877.



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Acquisition Information

Presented by Lady Ifor W. Williams, Pontllyfni.

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J. E. Griffith, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families with their Collateral Branches in Denbighshire, Merionethshire and other parts, (Horncastle, 1914), p. 208.