Diaries of Reverend John Ellis

Scope and Content

Comprises diaries kept by Reverend John Ellis for the years 1771, 1776, 1778, 1780-1782, 1785. The diaries are moderately full. The main items relate to fees for churchings and burials, allocation of tithes and also many references to his brother Morgan, who was also an Anglesey curate.

Also contains 29 memoranda found within the pages of the diaries, including some notices of births, receipts, records of lottery tickets, and a list of charges made by a Captain Herbert Jones against Colonel William Peacock who was High Sheriff of Anglesey from 1779 to 1780.

Administrative / Biographical History

Reverend John Ellis was vicar of Llanbadrig in Anglesey from 1770 to 1777, and of Llanrug in Caernarfonshire from 1777 to 1792. He was the son of Henry Ellis, a Caernarfon solicitor and clerk of the peace, whose first wife was Elizabeth Thomas of Coed Helen, his second was John Ellis' mother, a member of the Taltreuddyn and Llanfair-is-gaer families. The Ellis family provided many Anglesey and Caernarfon clerics; Reverend Ellis's brother Morgan held various incumbencies in the county of Anglesey. It seems John Ellis was a connoisseur of fine wines and ales, was interested in literature and friendly with the local gentry.


Material is arranged according to type, in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

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Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, March 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 570-577

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