Lister Family Papers

Scope and Content

Papers of the Lister family, 1884-1929, including records of the Lister fleet, 1890-1911; records relating to the ships Jenny Jones, 1900-1904, Consul Kaestner, 1902, Cariad, 1901-1904, and Royal Lister, 1902-1904; photographs and glass negatives of the fleet, crews, Lister family, Barmouth and elsewhere, 1885-1886 and [n. d.]; and annual reports of Caersalem CM Church, Barmouth, 1902-1929, and Park Road CM, Barmouth, 1919-1926.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr Joseph Herbert Lister (1858-1929) came to Barmouth, Merionethshire, in about 1883. From 1890 he became a shipowner there, owning the schooners Cariad and Billow Crest and the three-masted schooners Jenny Jones, Consul Kaestner and Royal Lister. These mainly carried slate from Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire, to the rest of Britain and beyond. The Billow Crest was lost in the Outer Hebrides in 1899, and the Consul Kaestner sank off southern Portugal in 1902. The rest of the fleet was sold off by Lister in 1903-4. One of his ships was named after Jenny Jones (1882-1969), daughter of Captain Evan Lewis Jones (1851-1920), Lister's associate. She married Lister in 1907, and they moved to Llwyngwril, Merionethshire.


Arranged into the following: miscellaneous items; documents relating to the Lister fleet; files; glass negatives; and albums.

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, The Lister Family Papers, catalogue; Lloyd, Lewis, Wherever Freights May Offer - The Maritime Community of Abermaw/Barmouth 1565-1920 (Caernarfon, 1993).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives and the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

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