Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office

The Buckley Trust Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0220 Z/DCG & Z/DCG/2

Held at: Gwynedd Archive Service: Meirionnydd Archives

Title: The Buckley Trust Papers

Short title: Buckley Trust papers

Dates of creation: 1551-1977

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.20 cubic metres (15 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Plas Dinas Mawddwy estate


Administrative and biographical history: Edmund Buckley of Gratton Hall, Yorkshire, and Ardwick, Lancashire, purchased the estate and lordship of Dinas Mawddwy from the Mytton family in 1856. The estate and lordship of Dinas Mawddwy passed to Sir Edmund Peck (b. 1834) during the lifetime of Edmund Buckley; the Gratton Hall and Ardwick estates passing to Sir Edmund on the death of Edmund Buckley. Sir Edmund assumed the surname and arms of Buckley, in lieu of Peck by royal licence in 1864. He was created a baronet in 1868. Sir Edmund's heir was his eldest son, Edmund Buckley (b. 1861). According to the 1873 return of owners of land, Sir Edmund Buckley of Plas Dinas Mawddwy, owned an estimated 10,908 acres in Merionethshire and Montgomeryshire, with an estimated rental of £4,472.


Scope and content: Deeds of the Plas Dinas Mawddwy estate, 1551-1912, estate correspondence, 1850-1912, plans of Dinas Mawddwy and Plas Dinas Mawddwy, 1876, Peck and Buckley correspondence, 1852-1860; photographs, prints and postcards acquired by the Buckley family, 1799-1972, research notes and press cuttings about the Buckley and related family of Lees of Saddleworth, Yorkshire, 1780-1972, sale catalogues of the Dinas Mawddwy and Aberhirnant estates, Merioneth, 1856-1963, and research notes of, and papers acquired by, J. M. Hunt on mining in Merioneth, 1889-1950, and the Mawddwy Light Railway Company, 1865-1959.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into two groups: Group I arranged chronologically; Group II (Z/DCG/2) arranged chronologically into: albums; Buckley family; indentures; catalogues of sale; and borough of Mawddwy.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogues are available at Meirionnydd Archives and the National Library of Wales. The National Register of Archives only holds the catalogue for the additional deposit.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected


Related units of description: Further papers relating to the Buckley family are Meirionnydd Archives, Z/DTand Manchester Archives and Local Studies, M453.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales, (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. I; James, Brian, 'The Great Landowners of Wales in 1873', National Library of Wales Journal, XIV (1965-6); Debrett's Illustrated Peerage and Baronetage, Titles of Courtesy, and The Knightage (London, 1877).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of description: March 2002



Auction catalogues | Wales | Gwynedd

Buckley family, | of Dinas Mawddwy | Archives

Deeds | Wales | Dinas Mawddwy

Dwellings | Wales | Gwynedd | Designs and plans

Mines and mineral resources | Wales | Gwynedd

Personal names

Buckley family, of Dinas Mawddwy

Lees family, of Saddleworth

Corporate names

Aberhirnant Estate (Wales)

Mawddwy Light Railway Company

Plas Dinas Mawddwy estate (Wales)


Dinas Mawddwy