Plas Cadnant Papers

Scope and Content

This collection consists of material relating to Hugh Price, John Price (1754-1804), his son, also John Price (1780-1855), John Bulkeley Price and the Hughes family of Llanddaniel, Llangaffo and Ty'n y Caeau. It contains a variety of material including legal and administrative documents including letters, wills and codicils. Also contains pedigrees, genealogical notes, plans and maps.

An interesting feature of the collection are the commonplace books which have entries in four different hands: John Price the elder, John Price the younger and two formal copperplate hands, one of which may be that of the Reverend Evan Lloyd, Rector of Aberffraw. These contain a variety of information relating to north Wales and Anglesey in particular as well as Ireland and Scotland, such as pedigrees, statistics relating to holders of the various offices, population and voters. Also contains information on administrative procedure such as the rules to be observed by the court of the Great Sessions and the duty of High Sheriff etc. There are also militia orderly books and enclosures compiled by the younger John Price with rules and guidance for officers, names of officers and letters.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Price family of Plas Cadnant, Menai Bridge, Anglesey were closely associated with the Baylys and Pagets of Plas Newydd with whom three generations worked. Hugh Price of Wern, Llandegfan was Agent to Sir Nicholas Bayly during the last quarter century of the 18th century and held the office of High Sheriff of Anglesey in 1792-3. His son, John Price (1754-1804) was for many years Chief Agent of the Mona Mine and appears to have lived at Mona Lodge, Amlwch, Anglesey. He also played an active part in local administration, being clerk of the General Meeting of Lieutenancy during the period 1796-1803 and was High Sheriff in 1800. He died at Llandeilo in 1804 while on a visit to South Wales. His son, also John Price (1780-1855), succeeded him as Mine Agent, and his commonplace book included in this collection shows him to have been an industrious compiler of local information and statistics.

A substantial amount of material in the collection relates to the Hughes family of Llanddaniel, Llangaffo and Ty'n y Caeau, Anglesey. Although there is no obvious connection between this family and the Prices it may be that some of the Llandysilio properties, which formed part of the inheritance of Hugh Hughes of Llangaffo, were at some stage absorbed into the Plas Cadnant estate.


Material was received on two separate occasions, arranged according to provenance, in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users

Acquisition Information

Material deposited in October 1947 by Mrs Laetita Lynn Allen of Woodbridge, Suffolk and in October 1975 by Miss M.L. Lynn Allen, also of Woodbridge, Suffolk.


Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, September 2001

Other Finding Aids

Item level word processed list is available at the Department of Manuscripts at the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 6841-7029, 26368-26379

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Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.