The Nannau Estate Papers

Scope and Content

Household inventories, estate accounts, rentals and sale catalogues, 1822-1975; miscellaneous papers relating to family history, trusts, estate correspondence, wills and valuations, 1749-1974; mortgages and bonds with related correspondence and financial papers, 1749-1967; and estate management papers, 1843-1975, comprising conveyances and related correspondence, tenancies, farm files and papers relating to the sale of Nannau and Dolrhyd.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Robert Howel Vaughan (1723-1791), 1st Bart, succeeded his brother to the Hengwrt, Nannau and Rug estates, located mainly in Merioneth. Sir Robert's eldest son, Sir Robert Williams Vaughan (1768-1843), 2nd Bart, inherited Nannau. His third son, Griffith Howel Vaughan (d. 1848), inherited Hengwrt, and on the death of his brother Edward, in 1807, also succeeded to Rug. The three estates were again reunited when they were inherited by Sir Robert Williams Vaughan's eldest son, Sir Robert Williams Vaughan, 3rd Bart (1803-1859). On his death without issue the Rug estate was devised to the Hon. C. H. Wynn, 2nd son of Lord Newborough, owner of the Glynllifon estate in Caernarfonshire. Hengwrt was devised to his late wife's sisters, Mary Charlotte Lloyd, Jane Lloyd (later Foulkes) and Harriet Lloyd during their lifetime and then to John Vaughan (1829-1898) of Dolmelynllyn. Nannau was devised to the Hon. Thomas Price Lloyd of Pengwern, Flintshire, for life and then likewise to John Vaughan of Dolmelynllyn. John Vaughan (1829-1898) succeeded to Dolmelynllyn in 1852. He was succeeded by his second son, John Vaughan (1871-1956), Colonel in the 10th Hussars, of Hengwrt and Nannau. Parts of the Nannau and Dolmelynllyn estate were sold in the early 20th century, but Nannau itself was were sold to Mr David Muirhead in 1975.


Arranged chronologically into the following: groups of household inventories, rent and account books, catalogue of sale and maps; miscellaneous family papers relating to trusts, wills, valuations etc.; financial papers including mortgages and bonds; and estate management.

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Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. II; Griffith, John Edwards, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire families, (Wrexham, 1998 reprint); Meirionnydd Archives, Catalogue of Mary Vaughan Papers (relating to Nannau, Rug and Hengwrt).

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at the Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.


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Related Material

Further papers relating to the Nannau estate are Department of Manuscripts University of Wales Bangor Library, Nannau MSS, and Meirionnydd Archives.Z/DBM (Mary Vaughan Papers). Papers of the Vaughan family are Gwynedd Archives, Meirionnydd Archives, Z/DCE; National Library of Wales MS 11508 nos 781-3, 1010-4, 1461, and Dol' rhyd 15-30. The main Rug archive is in Caernarfon Record Office, XD/2 (Newborough Archives).

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