Papers of J. E. Greaves, Lord-Lieutenant of Caernarfonshire

Scope and Content

Papers of J. E. Greaves, 1885-1957, comprising records relating to the Lord-Lieutenancy of Caernarfonshire, 1908-1940, 1957; records relating to the Advisory Committee, 1915-1930; letters and other papers relating to the Glangwna estate and farm, 1911-1937, his Canadian interests, 1910-1922, and Cricieth foreshore, 1898-1907; papers relating to his interest in nursing organisations, 1885-1935, Caernarfonshire legal affairs, 1901-1926, ex-servicemen and their organisations, 1916-1933, the Scouting Association, 1922, 1930, and royal visits to Caernarfonshire, 1902-1927; records of Tremadog Clothing Club, 1894-1944; and miscellaneous letters, 1905-1938.

Administrative / Biographical History

J. E. (John Ernest) Greaves (1847-1945) was Lord-Lieutenant of Caernarfonshire, 1886-1933. Born at Tan-yr-allt, Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, he was the eldest son of John Whitehead Greaves (1807-1880), the founder of J. W. Greaves and Son, Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire, owner of slate mines and quarries in Ffestiniog, Merionethshire. J. E. Greaves succeeded to the business and also owned a large estate at Glangwna, near Caernarfon, property at Bron Eifion, Criccieth, Caernarfonshire, and had considerable investments in Canada. He became Lord-Lieutenant of Caernarfonshire in 1886. In this capacity, he chaired the Advisory Committee responsible for nominating Justices of the Peace. He held various other positions in the county, being Chairman of the Quarter Sessions from 1890. He promoted higher nursing standards, and was involved with Caernarfon Cottage Hospital and the Council of Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nursing, and was chairman of the North Wales Nursing Association, 1908-1927. He was married to Marianne Steadman, 1875-1934. Their only daughter, Dorothy, married Colonel Godfrey Drage.


Arranged into the following: Lieutenancy; Advisory Committee; Glangwna estate affairs; Glangwna farm affairs; nursing; legal affairs; Canadian interests; British Legion; war pensions; unemployment amongst ex-servicemen; the Officers' Association; Scouting; Criccieth foreshore; Royal visits; Tremadog Clothing Club; miscellaneous.

Conditions Governing Access

Records of the Advisory Committee (XD84/2) are Public Records and are closed to the public for a period of 75 years from creation. Closed records may be accessed in exceptional circumstances with the permission of the Principal Archivist.

Acquisition Information

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papurau J. E. Greaves (1847-1945) Arglwydd Raglaw Sir Gaernarfon/Papers of J. E. Greaves (1847-1945) Lord-Lieutenant of Caernarfonshire 1886-1933, catalogue; Llechwefan/Slatesite website (, viewed 30 July 2004.

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


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