Papers relating to North Wales Families

Scope and Content

Comprises photocopies of letters and other documents held at the National Library of Wales relating to the Wynns of Gwydir, originals date from 1642 - 1660, and at the Public Record Office relating to the Bulkeleys of Beaumaris, dated 1535-1539. Also includes a photocopy of an account by Edward Foulke of his genealogy and emigration and photocopies of documents relating to Evan Edwards of Rhual, Flintshire, 1645-1647.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Wynn family of Gwydir in Llanrhychwyn, Caernarfonshire was for a long period one of the most powerful families in north Wales. Their best known member was Sir John Wynn (1533 - 1627), the first baronet who was a member of the Council of the Marches of Wales, deputy lieutenant of Caernarfonshire and twice sheriff for that county.

The Bulkeley family of Baron Hill, Beaumaris in Anglesey, was another whose political and property interests gave them a great deal of influence in north Wales. This family originated from north east Cheshire and by 1450 they were settled in Anglesey, acquiring lands in that county and in Caernarfonshire. Richard Bulkeley (d. 1546 or early 1547) was knighted about 1534 and his brother Arthur (d. 1552) became bishop of Bangor.

Edward Foulke (b. 1651) of Rhiwlas, Merionethshire immigrated with his wife and children to Pennsylvania in 1698 where he set up a farm. Evan Edwards of Rhual, Flintshire was involved in a siege of the castle at Hawarden in 1645.


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

Conditions Governing Access

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Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, July 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department, University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 14116-14138

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Related Material

Also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor are the Baron Hill Manuscripts . A collection level description is available on the Archives Hub .

Additional Information

Originals held at National Library of Wales and Public Record Office.