Cefn-Llan Manuscripts

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

A small collection of 8 items relating to the Hughes family of Cefn-llan and Cefn-llan Uchaf, a farm in the parish of Llanddeiniolen, Caernarvonshire. The collection includes a group of interesting letters from David Hughes to his brother William who farmed Cefn-llan, written between 1834 and 1870; farm and miscellaneous accounts and receipts, 1839-1887; a highway rate book for the parish of Llanfair-is-gaer, 1859-1861; and account books relating to the shipment of slates and other goods from Bangor and Port Dinorwic for the period 1781-1785.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cefn-llan was a farm in the parish of Llanddeiniolen, Caernarvonshire, home to the Hughes family. They were a family of Independents and two of the sons became preachers, Griffith Hughes, who went to Hackney College and died in 1837, and David Hughes (1813-1872), who became known as the Rev. David Hughes of Tredegar. He began preaching at 19 at Bethel Chapel, and proceeded from Hackney Academy to Glasgow, where he is said to have gained a degree, although his name does not appear in the University's 'Roll of Graduates'. In 1841 he was ordained pastor at St. George's and Moelfre, Denbighshire, and was there until 1845. For a period ending in 1846 he was also pastor at St. Asaph. He took over the church at Great Jackson Street, Manchester, from July 1846 until May 1847, when he removed to Bangor to keep school, preaching occasionally on Sundays. He resumed pastoral care in November 1855, at Saron, Tredegar, Monmouthshire, where he died in 1872. He was also a writer, and many of the articles in Y Gwyddionadur are by him. In 1852 he published in Bangor, GeiriadurYsgrythurol a Duwinyddol. He also published Elfennau Daearyddiaeth (1859) and brought out a 2nd edition (with additions) of the Welsh Dictionary by 'Caerfallwch' (Thomas Edwards).


No apparent system of arrangement

Conditions Governing Access


Open to all users

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mr Owen Parry, M.A, of Bethel, Caernarvonshire.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogue at item level

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics made at the discretion of the archivist.


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The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 under the Auspices of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, (London, 1959)

T. Rees and J. Thomas, Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru, 1871-91, vol. i, 131-133 and vol. iii 253.