John William Prichard (Prisiart) Papers

Scope and Content

A bound volume of miscellaneous papers such as receipts, letters, genealogical notes, medical advice, 1737-1823.

Note book with a variety of notes such as medical recipes and advice. Includes a copy letter by John William Prichard to Robert Jones, Rhoslan, 1792, regarding the establishment of Circuit Schools.

Diary of John William Prichard for 1797 with a few missing entries. Provides an insight into the life of a farmer with a houseful of children and reveals life as it was in Anglesey at the end of the 18th century.

Medicine Book written by John William Prichard in 1802.

Genealogical information regarding the family of John William Prichard written in 1822.

Various account books, 1810-1864.

A notebook compiled by John William Prichard in his capacity as a distributor of common land and wasteland in the parish of Llanfair Mathafarn Eithaf, 1814-1815 and as the provider of a plan to build a ditch to drain the land of certain farms in Llanfwrog parish.

The story of William Prichard, formerly of Brynrhudd and Glasfryn Fawr, Caernarfonshire, written by John William Prichard in 1818.

Administrative / Biographical History

John William Prichard (Prisiart), 1749-1829, of Plas-y-Brain in Llanbedr-goch, Anglesey was the son of William and Jane Prichard of Glasfryn Fawr, Llangybi, and later of Bodlew, Anglesey.

He was born in 1749 and was married first to Catherine, daughter of Dafydd Roberts of Plas Llandyfrydog. His second wife was Gwen, the daughter of William Owen of Crafnant, Llanfair, Merioneth and they had four daughters (Gwen, Elizabeth, Catherine and Margaret) and one son (William).

John William Pritchard was an antiquarian who was often called in as an arbitrator by opposite parties to provide his opinion and advice in cases regarding the transfer of land. He was also a surveyor of highways in Anglesey.

He died in 1829 at the age of 80 and was buried at Llangwyllog, Anglesey.


Incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

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Description compiled by Elen Wyn Simpson, September 2003.

Other Finding Aids

A typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 47, 2123-2131

Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 3765-3767, held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor.


The story of William Prichard appeared in Y Cofiadur in 1973.