Thomas Williams, Rhiwlas Diaries

Scope and Content

28 diaries, entitled Y Dyddiadur Wesleyaidd, the Wesleyan diaries. The entries made by Thomas Williams contain information about preachers and the subjects of their sermons as well as notices of district meetings and other religious meetings. The lock-out at the Cae Braich y Cafn quarry in 1870 is recorded, as well as the religious revival of 1904 - 1905.

The printed information provided in the diaries is also of interest. There are Wesleyan notices of meetings and even lists and dates of fairs held throughout Wales.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Williams lived in Rhiwlas, Caernarfonshire and worked at the nearby Cae Braich y Cafn quarry in the parish of Llanllechid. He was a fervent Wesleyan who was evidently moved by the 1904 - 1905 religious revival as his diaries testify. With regards to politics, he was a conservative man, evidently against self-government for Wales, and a member of the Conservative Committee of Rhiwlas and Waen.


The diaries have been incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts and arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users.

Acquisition Information

Presented in February 1931 by Thomas Williams, Rhiwlas.


Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, October 2001.

Other Finding Aids

An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 653 - 680

Conditions Governing Use

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

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