The Buckley Trust Papers

Scope and Content

Deeds of the Plas Dinas Mawddwy estate, 1551-1912, estate correspondence, 1850-1912, plans of Dinas Mawddwy and Plas Dinas Mawddwy, 1876, Peck and Buckley correspondence, 1852-1860; photographs, prints and postcards acquired by the Buckley family, 1799-1972, research notes and press cuttings about the Buckley and related family of Lees of Saddleworth, Yorkshire, 1780-1972, sale catalogues of the Dinas Mawddwy and Aberhirnant estates, Merioneth, 1856-1963, and research notes of, and papers acquired by, J. M. Hunt on mining in Merioneth, 1889-1950, and the Mawddwy Light Railway Company, 1865-1959.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edmund Buckley of Gratton Hall, Yorkshire, and Ardwick, Lancashire, purchased the estate and lordship of Dinas Mawddwy from the Mytton family in 1856. The estate and lordship of Dinas Mawddwy passed to Sir Edmund Peck (b. 1834) during the lifetime of Edmund Buckley; the Gratton Hall and Ardwick estates passing to Sir Edmund on the death of Edmund Buckley. Sir Edmund assumed the surname and arms of Buckley, in lieu of Peck by royal licence in 1864. He was created a baronet in 1868. Sir Edmund's heir was his eldest son, Edmund Buckley (b. 1861). According to the 1873 return of owners of land, Sir Edmund Buckley of Plas Dinas Mawddwy, owned an estimated 10,908 acres in Merionethshire and Montgomeryshire, with an estimated rental of £4,472.


Arranged into two groups: Group I arranged chronologically; Group II (Z/DCG/2) arranged chronologically into: albums; Buckley family; indentures; catalogues of sale; and borough of Mawddwy.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions


Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales, (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. I; James, Brian, 'The Great Landowners of Wales in 1873', National Library of Wales Journal, XIV (1965-6); Debrett's Illustrated Peerage and Baronetage, Titles of Courtesy, and The Knightage (London, 1877).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogues are available at Meirionnydd Archives and the National Library of Wales. The National Register of Archives only holds the catalogue for the additional deposit.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at the Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Buckley family are Meirionnydd Archives, Z/DTand Manchester Archives and Local Studies, M453.