Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith Papers,

Scope and Content

Addresses, lectures and speeches, notes and other papers, 1900-1922, relating to politics, Welsh nationalism, education, rural housing, disestablishment, army recruiting and Sir Ellis's defeat as Liberal candidate for Anglesey; press cuttings, 1883-1926; biographical material, 1949-1954, including an incomplete typescript of a biography by E. Morgan Humphreys; and political letters from Ellis-Griffith, 1873-1926, and letters to him, 1878-1925.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith (1860-1926) was a barrister and an MP. He was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, but grew up in Brynsiencyn, Anglesey. After attending school in Brynsiencyn and Holt, he went to University College Aberystwyth, and graduated in law from Downing College Cambridge in 1883. In 1887, he was called to the Bar and was recorder of Birkenhead, 1907-1912. He married Mary Owen in 1892. Entering politics, he was elected Liberal MP for Anglesey in 1895. In 1912, he became chairman of the Welsh Parliamentary Party and was parliamentary secretary to the Home Office, 1912-1915. He was narrowly defeated in the 1918 election for the Anglesey constituency, but was made a Baronet in the same year. He was elected MP for Carmarthen in 1923, but resigned in 1924. He died in Swansea, 30 November 1926, and was buried in Brynsiencyn. He had two sons and a daughter, Yvonne. Only one son, Ellis Arundel, survived him to take his title.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following: miscellaneous papers; letters from Sir Ellis Ellis-Griffith; and letters to Sir Ellis Ellis-Griffith.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mrs Gwilym Davies, Aberystwyth, 1956.

Note

Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith (1860-1926) was a barrister and an MP. He was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, but grew up in Brynsiencyn, Anglesey. After attending school in Brynsiencyn and Holt, he went to University College Aberystwyth, and graduated in law from Downing College Cambridge in 1883. In 1887, he was called to the Bar and was recorder of Birkenhead, 1907-1912. He married Mary Owen in 1892. Entering politics, he was elected Liberal MP for Anglesey in 1895. In 1912, he became chairman of the Welsh Parliamentary Party and was parliamentary secretary to the Home Office, 1912-1915. He was narrowly defeated in the 1918 election for the Anglesey constituency, but was made a Baronet in the same year. He was elected MP for Carmarthen in 1923, but resigned in 1924. He died in Swansea, 30 November 1926, and was buried in Brynsiencyn. He had two sons and a daughter, Yvonne. Only one son, Ellis Arundel, survived him to take his title.

Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some letters, material relating to E. Morgan Humphreys' biography, and a typescript copy of the biography, all post-date Ellis-Griffith's death.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

Archivist's Note

February 2003

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Schedule of Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith Papers; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959).

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Appraisal Information

Action: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained..

Custodial History

After his death, E. Morgan Humphreys prepared a biography; correspondence relating to this was added to the archive.

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Additional Information

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