Morris of Bryn Myrddin Deeds and Documents

Scope and Content

Family and estate papers of the Morris family of Bryn Myrddin, Abergwili, Carmarthenshire, comprising deeds and documents, 1654-1888; letters, 1799-1886; documents relating to the Carmarthen Bank, 1808-1871; documents and papers of, or acquired by, J. R. Morris, 1778-1928; letter books, 1859-1898; newspaper cuttings, 1837-1908; maps and plans, 1774-1919; documents relating to genealogy and heraldry, [19th cent.]-1951; and printed material, 1808-1979.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Morris family, descended from a line of landowners at Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire, were prominent private bankers in the town of Carmarthen. Thomas Charles Morris (1808-1886), sheriff of Carmarthenshire in 1866, who succeeded to his father's estate, purchased Penybanc Ucha, Abergwili, from Richard Poole, a London lawyer in 1848. The old house was demolished, and a new mansion was built. Mary Elizabeth, Thomas' wife, felt that Penybanc was not an appropriate name for a banker's house, and therefore renamed the new mansion, Bryn Myrddin. Thomas Charles and his brother, William (1811-1877) were joint heirs of their cousin, David Morris, M.P. for Carmarthen Borough 1837-1864, who died unmarried in 1864. Thomas Charles' s heir was Edward Harold Morris (1850-1929), who was succeeded by Ryle Edward Charles Morris (b. 1891). The Bryn Myrddin estate is still owned by the Morris family. Thomas Charles Morris also purchased the Green castle estate in Llangain, Carmarthenshire, from a Frederick Bulworth.


Arranged into the following: deeds and documents; schedule of documents made by E.H. Morris; manuscript volumes; maps and plans; genealogy and heraldry; miscellaneous; printed material; charity records; and the papers of J.R. Morris.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Miss Alice S. Morris, 114 Bronwydd Road, Carmarthen, August 1967, and by Mrs Elaine Barry, Shilton House, Shilton, Oxford, in June 1987.


Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. Modified by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, (London, 1959); Burke's Landed Gentry,( London, 18th ed. 3 vols, 1965- 1972), vol III ; Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families, (Newport, 1997); Jones, Francis, Historic Cardiganshire Homes and their families, (Newport, 2000).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of a catalogue are available at the Carmarthenshire Archive Service and the National Register of Archives

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Carmarthenshire Archive Service have been retained.

Custodial History

Documents now numbered 59-83 were previously classified by the late E.H. Morris of Bryn Myrddin. The numbering of the documents made by the late Mr Morris are placed within brackets.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Carmarthen Bank are Carmarthenshire Archives Service, Carmarthen Bank Collection, DB/118.

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