J.R. Gabriel Papers

Scope and Content

This collection consists of files and notebooks of handwritten research material on various topics of Welsh history including: Wales during the Civil War period; the Glyndwr Rebellion; the dioceses of Bangor, St Asaph and St David; Monasticism in Wales; Education in Wales; Roman Catholics in Wales; the Lordship of Chepstow, and the later Stuart monarchs, William, Mary and Anne. There is also material relating to pedigrees of families in Monmouthshire, Carmarthenshire, Brecknockshire, Cardiganshire and Glamorgan.

Also includes a file of letters from J.R. Gabriel to Sir Frederick Rees, dated 1912-1961, many of them relating to the Civil War.

Administrative / Biographical History

J.R. Gabriel lectured in history at Normal College, [Coleg Normal] in Bangor, Gwynedd and at Caerleon teacher training college in Monmouthshire, both of which are now part of the University of Wales. His papers indicate that he was at Bangor from 1912-1916, that he married in 1917 and took up a position at Caerleon from ca. 1917-1961. His successor at Normal College was Sir Frederick Rees, who was later Principal of University College Cardiff. J.R. Gabriel corresponded regularly with Sir Frederick, discussing, in his letters, personal and college matters, and in particular their shared research interest in aspects of the Civil War period in Wales.


Letters are arranged in chronological order; research notebooks are not arranged in any particular order. All material has been incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Access Information

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Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, December 2001.

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: 23046-23074

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 are the Papers of Coleg Normal, Bangor . A collection level description is available on the HE Archives Hub .