William Owen Roberts, Plas Llangwnadl Manuscripts

Scope and Content

The collection consists of transcripts of the parish registers of Bryncroes, 1730-1962; Penllech, 1785-1957; Llangwnnadl, 1781-1966; Llanfaelrhys, 1812-1951; Rhiw, 1845-1921; Aberdaron, 1814-1944; Llanbedrog, Tudweiliog, 1766-1953 and Pen-y-graig, 1813-1937. Amongst these are copies of Vestry Accounts and some epitaphs collected from various churchyards.

There are notes relating to the families of Llangwnnadl and surrounding parishes as well as family pedigrees.

The shipping section consists of a cargo book, 1910-1914, belonging to the ketch Colonel Gamble and an account book, 1915-1917, of the ketch, Tryfan. There are also notes and poems regarding various shipwrecks off the coast of the Lleyn peninsula.

The miscellaneous items include a collection of rare songs belonging geographically to the Lleyn area; a school exercise book, 1793; a Highway Rate Book, 1884-1889 and Poor Law Rate Book, 1923-1924 for the parish of Llangwnnadl and the account book of William Owen Roberts himself, 1910-1922.There are transcripts of articles, notes and essays on local history and Calvinist Methodism in Lleyn.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Owen Roberts was a tenant of Plas Llangwnadl in Lleyn, Caernarfonshire, owned by the Nanhoron estate. A farmer by profession, but also a local historian. He died in 1966.


Arranged according to subject and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts.

Access Information

Open to all users.


Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes

Other Finding Aids

An item level catalogue is available at the Department of Manuscripts of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 17301-17345

Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

The Nanhoron estate papers are held at the National Library of Wales.


Roberts, W.O., Big Lloyd, Caernarvonshire Historical Society Transcations, 1962, p. 132

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