Bangor University

Griffith Davies Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS GD

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Title: Griffith Davies Papers

Short title: Griffith Davies Papers

Dates of creation: 1851-1940s

Level of description: fonds

Extent and medium: 15 items

Name of creator(s): Thomas Barlow, Sarah Holbut Dew, Catherine Dew Roberts


Administrative and biographical history: A biography of the Llandwrog born actuary, Griffith Davies (1788-1855) was written about 1851 by his nephew, Thomas Barlow with some help from Griffith Davies himself and Sarah Holbut Dew, née Davies, his daughter. Griffith Davies was educated at Caernarfon and, having worked in farming and quarrying, sailed in 1809 from Caernarfon to London to find work there. The biography describes his initial struggle to gain work in London, knowing no one, with limited funds or knowledge of English. He eventually found employment initially as a private maths tutor and later opened his own school. In 1812 he married Mary Holbut, a relative of a former pupil Jonas Holbut. His career in London became increasingly successful and he worked as a consultant actuary with the Guardian Insurance Company, the Reversionary Interest Society and East India Company. His biographer and nephew, Thomas Barlow also worked in insurance, for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Office, London.
The first biographical work of Griffith Davies by Thomas Barlow was later revised and a typescript version produced by Davies' great granddaughter Catherine Dew Roberts of Bangor.


Scope and content: This collection consists of manuscripts of biographical works on Griffith Davies by various family members. It includes that written about 1851 by his nephew Thomas Barlow and daughter Sarah, and copies of later revised versions including one in typescript by his great granddaughter Catherine Dew Roberts, produced about 1941.


System of arrangement: Material was received on separate occasions and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 46, 3213-3214, 5881-5892

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Immediate source of acquisition: Item 46 deposited by the executors of Dr John Roberts, Menai Bridge, Anglesey; 3213-3214 deposited by Miss Catherine Dew Roberts, Bangor in 1940 and 5881-5892 by Mrs Humphrey Evans, Dedwyddfa in 1946.


Related units of description: Also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor are the Diaries of Sarah Holbut Dew . Item level word-processed description is available, reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 5893-5895 . See also reference to Griffith Davies in General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 3869 .


Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, November 2001

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of description: Prior to 16-11-2004



Actuaries | England | 19th century

Biography | Wales


Immigrants | United States

Personal names

Barlow, Thomas, fl. 1855

Davies, Griffith, 1788-1855

Dew Roberts, Catherine

Dew, Sarah

Corporate names