Dr Owen Davies Manuscript Collection

Scope and Content

Manuscripts collected by Gwilym Cowlyd, mainly consisting of material relating to Ieuan Glan Geirionydd. Includes account book of the father of Ieuan Glan Geirionydd, 1813-1817; the poetical works of Ieuan Glan Geirionydd, Gwilym Cowlyd and Dafydd Jones of Trefriw (Dewi Fardd). Also a book of sermons on various subjects, described as the property of John Mostyn, curate of Denbigh and William Chambers, curate of Bodfari in 1795 (the hand is that of John Williams, bellringer of Tremeirchion in 1792).

Manuscripts relating to Capel y Beirdd in Eifionydd. Notebooks of W. Davies, 1815, Owen Davies, 1828 and Owen Roberts, 1841. Also accounts of Capel y Beirdd from 1849-1855.

Manuscripts relating to the Baptists. A notebook belonging to Rev. Thomas Evans, Baptist minister at Llanrwst and Llanddoged, Denbighshire. Notebook of Richard Williams, Llantrisant, Anglesey, details of subscriptions towards the registration of the Baptist Chapel in Caernarfon to conduct weddings, 1876; also two account books of Pontllyfni Baptist Chapel, 1884, 1887-1891.

Manuscript of Rev. John Jones, Tal-y-sarn. Notes on sermon topics.

Administrative / Biographical History

Owen Davies was born in Pwllheli, Caernarfonshire in 1840 and studied at Llangollen Baptist College. He was ordained in 1865 and was minister at Llangollen and later Caernarfon, where he stayed until his retirement in 1905. He died in 1929.

He was editor of Y Greal, the Welsh monthly Baptist Magazine, and possessed one of the finest private libraries in Wales.


Arranged according to record type and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

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Open to all users.


Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, June 2002.

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 684 - 698

Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

See Richard Jones of Caernarfon Papers for a notebook of sermons preached by Rev. O. Davies in 1882.