Crawley-Vincent Manuscripts

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

588 letters and papers, including letters to and from members of the Crawley-Vincent family, including the Rev. Owen Jones (rector successively of Boduan, Newborough and Llaneilian); his son Capt. John Jones of Pant Howel, Llandegfan; the Rev. Griffith Roberts (rector of Aber) and his sons Thomas, Griffith and Hugh; the Rev. James Vincent Vincent (rector of Llanfairfechan and Dean of Bangor), his wife Margaret Matilda Vincent and his sons, John Vincent, Edmund Lloyd Vincent, Augustus Edward Vincent and Corbet Parry Vincent; Edmund Crawley of Halifax, Nova Scotia and his sons Admiral Edward Crawley and Capt. John Crawley of Gorddinog; Edmund Jones Crawley (prebendary of Wells Cathedral) elder son of Admiral Edward Crawley; and John, Elizabeth and Mary Jane Crawley, children of Capt. John Crawley. Also wills and probates of wills; documents and papers relating to the Rev. James Vincent (rector, successively of Llanfaglan, Llanfachraeth and Llandwrog and Chancellor of Bangor Cathedral), Captain John Jones of Pant Howel, Llandegfan; Anwyl Jones of Pant Howel and to lands belonging to Edmund Crawley in Nova Scotia; commonplace and memoranda books etc., belonging to members of the family; and papers relating to greyhound racing and hunting.

Administrative / Biographical History

Although a prominent family in North Wales, very little research has been carried out on the Crawley-Vincents of Gorddinog, pa. Aber, Caernarvonshire. In 1824, Margaret Matilda, the daughter of Captain John Crawley of Gorddinog (d.1816) married the son of Captain John Jones, 62nd Regiment, of Pant Howel, Llandegfan, Anglesey (1792-1876). Their son James Jones was a Fellow of Jesus College Oxford and assumed the surname of Vincent in lieu of Jones. He was to become the Rector of Llanfairfechan and later the Dean of Bangor. Family tradition was to continue with members of the next generation as James Crawley Vincent (1827-1869) became the Rector of Llanbeblig and his brother John Vincent became a Lieutenant in the Welsh Fusiliers. The Rev. Vincent married a Grace Elizabeth and two of their sons were knighted, Sir Hugh Corbet Vincent (1862-1931) and Sir William Henry Hoare Vincent (1866-1941).


Chronologically and by record type mainly. Letters are arranged according to person and then in chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access


Open to all users

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mrs Bush of Bronwydd, near Bangor in November 1959.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogue at item level

Conditions Governing Use

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


None expected


J. E. Griffith, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families; with their Collateral Branches in Denbighshire, Merionethshire and other parts, (Horncastle, 1914), p. 377

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