Adams Family of Holyland, Pembroke, Papers

Scope and Content

Papers of the Adams family of Holyland, Pembroke, 1716-1968, including deeds and related papers relating to lands in the parishes of Manorbier and St Michael, 1743-1910; Lydstep estate papers, 1827-1828; Holyland estate papers, 1836-1968; personal papers of Phillippa Adams, 1740-1741; John Phillips Adams, 1693-1826; Alexander Adams, 1811-1820; John Alexander Phillips Adams, 1850-1880; John Loftus Adams, 1892-1934; genealogical papers of the Adams family, [18th century]-1937; papers of Maurice Wyn Owen, solicitor, 1833-1848; and miscellaneous papers, 1760-1896.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Adams family lived at Holyland in the parish of St Michael, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, from the 16th century until the 1940s. William Adams (1695-1745) took Phillippa Phillips (d 1765) as his second wife. They had eleven children, including William (1717-1770) who inherited the estate. He married Anne Rickson of Pembroke. William Adam's son was John Phillips Adams (fl. 1741-1833). John's nephew was Alexander Adams (fl. 1811-1834), a lieutenant general in the army. John Phillips Adam's son was John Adams (1769-1798) who married Sophia Holcombe in 1795 and had a son, also John (1796-1873), who lived at Lydstep House, Manorbier, Pembrokeshire. John Adams married Anne Gibbons of Oswestry, Shropshire, in 1828. Their first child, John Alexander Phillips (1831-1901) served as an officer in the Royal Regiment of Artillery. Their other children were Henry Joseph (b.1835), Augusta May, Frances Louisa and Agnes Anne. John Alexander Phillips Adam's sons were John Loftus Adams (1870-1943) and Bertram Edward Adams (fl. 1893). The last male of the family, John Stephen Adams (1912-1942), was killed in action in the Second World War. Maurice Wyn Owen was a solicitor who worked in Oswestry, Shropshire, and in Pembroke. He was made a trustee of John Adam's and Anne Gibbon's marriage settlement in 1840.


Arranged into the following: Title deeds, mortgages and related papers; Leases; Estate papers; Personal papers; Genealogical papers; Maurice Wyn Owen papers; and Miscellaneous.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mrs Thomas Ferrand, Alton, Hampshire, 1980.


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Adams Family of Holyland, Pembroke, catalogue; Jones, Major Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and Their Families (Newport, 1996); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (Baltimore, 1991 (fascimile of 1875 ed.); Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 17th ed. 1952)

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy is available in Pembrokeshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

The vast majority of the collection was returned to the depositor. Only a small number of items was microfilmed prior to the return of the collection.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers are Pembrokeshire Record Office, D/LL