Barnsfield Collection

Scope and Content

Papers of the Barnsfield and Morgan estates, 1615-1893, including deeds and other documents relating to properties in Abergwili, Newchurch, Llanpumsaint, St Peters and elsewhere in Carmarthenshire, and in Pembrokeshire, 1615-1882; rentals, accounts and vouchers, 1813-1893; records relating to tithe assessments, 1776-1783; records relating to land tax assessments, 1797-1799; copy wills, [early 18th century]-1890; correspondence and other papers of the Gwynne, Morgan, Morris and other families, mainly relating to legal and business matters, [c. 1820]-1886; correspondence and accounts relating to Theodosia Laugharne, 1815-1826, and to Gosport House, Laugharne, 1819-1860; and plans, 1849-1873.

Administrative / Biographical History

Barnsfield (or Troedyrhiw), Abergwili, Carmarthenshire, was first owned by John Lewis in the 17th century. Richard Lewis (died c. 1748) of Barnsfield was High Sheriff of Carmarthenshire in 1733. The estate stayed in the possession of the Lewis family until the death of Anna Maria Lewis (died c. 1844) of Carmarthen. Nathaniel Morgan (died c. 1805), of Carmarthen, was succeeded by his son Charles Morgan (died c. 1835), of Yswain, Carmarthen, who married Magdalene, and became mayor of the borough, 1819-1820. Their daughter, Mary Elizabeth Morgan (fl. 1823-1882), married Sackville Frederick Gwynne of Glanbran Park, Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, Carmarthenshire, in 1823; she inherited Barnsfield from Anna Maria Lewis in c. 1844. Their son was Lt Col Charles Morgan Smythies Laugharne Gwynne (fl. 1849-1872). Magdalene Mary Anna Gwynne [their daughter?] was married to William Morris (fl. 1852-1883) of Carmarthen, banker. The Morgan family appear to be related to the Laugharne family of Laugharne.


Arranged chronologically

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Manager, National Westminster Bank P. L. C., King Street, Carmarthen.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: Carmarthenshire Archives Service, Catalogue, Barnsfield Collection; Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and Their Families (Newport, Pembrokeshire, 1997).

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Carmarthenshire Archives Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained.

Custodial History

The records were found at the National Westminster Bank, Carmarthen.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers are Carmarthenshire Archives Service, JF/Coomb Collection, Plas Llanstephan Collection.