Madoc and Glaslyn Lodges Papers

Scope and Content

Records of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, Madoc and Glaslyn Lodges, 1834-1954, including registers of the Madoc Lodge, [19th century]-[20th century]; lectures, 1834-1893; financial records of the Madoc and Glaslyn Lodges, 1878-1951; miscellaneous letters, 1929-1954; booklets, 1919; and copies of death certificates, 1932; and letters and other papers relating to Rhosydd Slate Quarries, 1928-1949.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Oddfellows are fraternal and benevolent societies, which originated in England in the 18th century. The Independent Order of Oddfellows (Manchester Unity) Friendly Society was founded in about 1810. The Society's Glaslyn Lodge was based in Beddgelert, Caernarfonshire, and the Madoc (or Madog) Lodge in Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire.


Arranged into the following: Madoc and Glaslyn Lodge Friendly Societies; and Rhosydd Slate Quarries.

Access Information

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, Cofnodion Cyfrinfaoedd Madog a Glaslyn Ynghŷd â Phapurau Eraill, rhestr (catalogue); (, viewed 28 April 2004; A Manx Note Book (, viewed 28 April 2004; Association of Friendly Societies website (, viewed 28 April 2004; Richards, Alun John, A Gazeteer [sic] of the Welsh Slate Industry (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 1991); Rhosydd - A Ffestiniog Slate Quarry website (, viewed 27 October 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

The records of the Lodges include some papers relating to Rhosydd Slate Quarry, Ffestiniog, Merionethshire.


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