W. Gilbert Williams Papers

Scope and Content

Papers collected by W. Gilbert Williams, [18th century]-1966, relating to Horeb Calvanistic Methodist Chapel, 1856-1954; records of official bodies and semi-public bodies in Rhostryfan and Llanwnda, 1896-1947; Llanwnda District Nursing Association records, 1906-1947; correspondence, 1866-1966; diaries, 1938-1960; pedigrees, 1914; articles and papers by W. Gilbert Williams, [early 20th century]; notebooks, 1921-1936; miscellaneous historical notes, [early 20th century]; literary notes, [early 20th century]; newspaper cuttings, 1896-1966; local history papers, 1880-1940; programmes and reports, 1886-1961; memorial cards, 1872-1958; miscellaneous, 1834-1926; maps and plans, [18th century]-1935.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Gilbert Williams (1874-1966), Rhostryfan, Caernarfonshire, was interested in the local history of Caernarfonshire, especially his home area around Rhostryfan and Llanwnda. He wrote a number of articles and booklets, as well as two historical plays. A selection of William's work was published in Moel Tryfan i'r Traeth (1983). He was the son of John Williams, slate quarryman and Catherine (nee Jones), his wife. Williams became the first schoolmaster of Felinwnda School, Llanwnda, in 1895. He held a similar position at Rhostryfan from 1918 until his retirement in 1934. Williams was also a local and county councillor between 1951 and 1961.


Arranged into the following: Horeb C. M. Chapel (Rhostryfan) records; Minutes of official and semi-public bodies; Llanwnda District Nursing Association records; Correspondence; Diaries and memo books; Pedigrees; Articles and papers on local history; Historical research notebooks; Miscellaneous historical research notes; literary notes; Newspaper cuttings; Local history papers collected by W. Gilbert Williams; Programmes and reports; Memorial cards; Personalia and miscellania; Maps and plans; Additional deposit.

Access Information

Consultation of diaries requires the permission of the executors.


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, W. Gilbert Williams Papers, catalogue; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001)

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

No restrictions

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Caernarfon Record Office have been retained.


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