Brewer family papers

Scope and Content

The earliest deeds, [c. 1668]-1750, have no obvious link to the Brewer family, unless Cecilia, the daughter of George Morgan who made his will in 1750, is also Cecilia (1745-1816), wife of John Brewer ([c. 1743]-1813) of Newport, surgeon. The remaining deeds, 1828-1883, are mainly marriage settlements, and appointments of new trustees to the settlements. Most of the remaining papers are the personal papers of individual members of the family, mainly certificates relating to the medical educations of members of the Brewer family, 1864-1872. There are also portraits and a photograph album, [19th century]-[20th century].

Administrative / Biographical History

Families using the surname Brewer have lived in and about Newport, Monmouthshire, since at least 1560. The Brewer family were prominent in the life of Newport during the 19th cent., particularly in the field of medicine. Members of the family included Charles Brewer (fl. 1828) of Maes-glas in the parish of St Woollos, esq., William Brewer (1774-1863) of Newport, surgeon, medical officer to the Newport Board of Guardians, and Edgar Brewer (1817-1904) his son, and William Henry Brewer (d. 1883) of Blackwood, surgeon, and Elizabeth (nee Beaumont) his wife (m. c. 1853), the daughter of Joseph Beaumont, agent to the Llanarth Court estate.


Arranged chronologically by record type and by individuals

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Compiled by Stephen Benham for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Bradney, Joseph, Sir, A history of Monmouthshire (Cardiff and Aberystwyth, 1993, facsimile ed.), vol. 5; Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of the Brewer Family Papers.

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Related Material

Further papers relating to a Brewer family are held in National Library of Wales, Brewer Family Papers.

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