Pennant (of Downing) papers,

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 210 NLW MS 4878E.
  • Alternative Id.
      (alternative) vtls004368990
      (alternative) (WlAbNL)0000368990
  • Dates of Creation
      [16 cent.x1912].
  • Language of Material
      Welsh, English, Latin, Estonian, French.
  • Location
      ARCH/MSS (GB0210)

Scope and Content

A volume of Pennant miscellanea. It comprises poems, mainly in English and Welsh, including 'An Elegy on the death of Captain Thos. Myddelton, Denbigh' by Thomas Edwards ('Twm o'r Nant'), translations in the autograph of R. Williams (Vron) from paraphrases by Evan Evans ('Ieuan Brydydd Hir'), 'Banks of the Daw' and 'Ode to Laudanum' by and in the autograph of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg'), 'Garricks Verses on seeing Buxton' and 'Upon seeing Garricks verses', an elegy on the death of Sir Stephen Glynne (d. April 1, 1780), and two poems in Esthonian with Latin translations and the melody in staff notation; printed broadsides, circulars, etc., including an 'Ode for St. Davids Day' by David Samwell ('Dafydd Ddu Feddyg'), being a copy sent by Samwell to Thomas Edwards ('Twm o'r Nant') with an autograph poem entitled 'To Thos. Edwards of Nant on his having received the Honour of Cadairfardd at St. Asaph Eisteddfod in May 1790'; letters and transcripts of letters from Sir John Wynn, bart., of Gwydir, to Sir Hugh Myddelton (September 1, 1625), from Robert Wynne (Gresford) to Richard Williams (March 24, 1731/2), from Thomas Pennant to John Lloyd (Caerwys), to Thomas Pennant from Mathurin-Jacques Brisson (author of Ornithologie and other works), John Lloyd (Caerwys), Richard Williams (Vron) together with a mock elegy to Evan Evans ('Ieuan Brydydd Hir'), Richard Davies (Holywell), and John Edwards (Kelsterton), from Evan Evans ('Ieuan Brydydd Hir') to Paul Panton, from John Williams (Ystradmeurig) to Philip Yorke (Erthig), to David Pennant from Samuel Strong, John Parry, Henry Parry (Llanasa), Edward Jones, J. Oldfield, J. Douglas, J. W. Eyton (Leeswood), and E. Williams (secretary of the Flint and Denbigh Agricultural Society), and from William Davies Shipley (dean of St. Asaph), G. Thompson (editor and publisher of A Select Collection of Original Welsh Airs), David Howell ('Llawdden'), Thomas Croft (secretary to the 'Committee of the Grand Flintshire Eisteddfod', 1835), J. P. Eyton, etc.; material relating to Moses Griffith, the Welsh artist who accompanied Thomas Pennant on many of his tours, including his terms for executing landscapes, portraits, etc.; legal papers, including an inventory taken in 1637 of the goods, etc., of Robert Jones of Halkin, a copy of a bond from Thomas, baron Dillon, Viscount Castello Galler, and Theobald, viscount Jaffe, to Hugh Pennant of Bichton, a receipt (1774) by David Jones (Trefriw) for ten shillings and sixpence paid by Thomas Pennant, and depositions (1792) of colliers in regard to the alleged drowning of coal on the land of Sir Roger Mostyn; printed matter, including press cuttings, broadsides, circulars, etc., relating to volunteers to the merchant navy, the Metropolitan Cambrian Institution, poor-law, railways, communication with Ireland, hospitals, the Holywell Association, eisteddfodau, parliamentary elections, the Association for the encouragement of Agriculture and Industry, military service, schools in Flintshire, entertainments, mines, benefit clubs, etc.


Formerly known as Pennant 80.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 4878E.

Other Finding Aids

The contents of NLW MSS 4280-8000 are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 2 (Aberystwyth, 1951).

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