National Library of Wales

Bodewryd Estate Records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 BODEWRYD

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Title: Bodewryd Estate Records

Short title: Bodewryd estate, records

Dates of creation: [13 cent.]-1864

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.715 cubic metres (6 boxes, 15 phase boxes, 106 vols)

Name of creator(s): Wynne family of Bodewryd


Administrative and biographical history: The Wynne family were established at Bodewryd by at least the 15th century. An early representative of the family, Gruffudd, married Angharad, daughter of Hwlkin ap Dafydd ap Ifan Wyddel of Bodowyr. The Boderwyd estate descended in the male line until Edward Wynne (d. 1755), Chancellor of Hereford. He married Ann, daughter and heiress of John Lloyd of Plas Einion, Denbighshire, but died without issue and the estate passed to Ann, his younger sister. She married Robert Owen of Penrhos Isa, Holyhead. The estate then passed to their grand-child Margaret Owen (1742-1816), heiress of Penrhos and Bodewryd. She married Sir John Thomas Stanley, Bart., of Alderley Park, Cheshire. Their son, Sir John Thomas Stanley (1760-1850) was created 1st Baron Stanley of Alderley in 1839. He was succeeded by his son Edward John Stanley, 2nd Bart (1807-1869) and by Henry Edward John Stanley, 3rd Bart (1827-1903).


Scope and content: Estate records and papers of the Wynne family of Bodewryd, Anglesey, including records of the Bodowyr estate (Bodedern), Anglesey, and Plas Einion estate, Denbighshire, and papers of the Owen family of Penrhos, Anglesey, including important Welsh literary manuscripts, legal manuscripts relating to civil and ecclesiastical law; the antiquarian collections of Edward Wynne, chancellor of Hereford, relating to Wales and to the diocese of Hereford, and part of the collection of Humphrey Humphreys, bishop of Bangor and later of Hereford (1648-1712); letters to Humphrey Humphreys, 1691-1709 (mainly 1705-1709); Wynne family correspondence, 1613-1816; legal papers, 17-18 cent., especially relating to a lengthy action between Chancellor Edward Wynne and the Mostyn estate following the purchase by Wynne of the Bodowyr estate, 1721-1746; estate, personal and household accounts, 1603-1753 (but mainly 18th cent.)and title deeds, [13 cent.]-1864.


Language/script: English, Latin, Welsh.

System of arrangement: Arranged into three numbered sequences: letters (no's 1-1033) and deeds and documents (1034-2012), manuscripts (1-106) and deeds and miscellaneous papers (1-561). There is a gap in the numbers used by the deeds and documents, the catalogue jumping from no. 1099 to no. 2000.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogues are available at NLW and HMC. The catalogues can be accessed online from
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at, or donated to, NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mr Alfred F. Southeby in 1931, 1933, and 1943, followed by a donation by Mr Albert E. Mitchell, Trealaw, Rhondda, per The National Museum of Wales in 1956.


Related units of description: Further manuscripts, deeds and documents are NLW, Wynne (Bodewryd), previous title Sotheby.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Griffith, John Edward, Pedigrees of Anglesey & Carnarvonshire families (Wrexham, 1998 reprint).

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

Date(s) of description: June 2002



Antiquarians | England | Hereford

Antiquarians | Wales

Bodewryd Estate (Wales) | Archives

Bodowyr Estate (Wales) | Archives

Civil law | Great Britain

Ecclesiastical law | Great Britain

Estate administration | Wales | Anglesey

Humphreys, Humphrey, | 1648-1712 | Archives

Owen family, | of Penrhos (Anglesey) | Archives

Penrhos Estate (Anglesey, Wales) | Archives

Plas Einion Estate (Wales) | Archives

Welsh literature

Wynne family, | of Bodewyrd | Archives

Wynne, Edward, | 1681-1755 | Archives

Personal names

Humphreys, Humphrey, 1648-1712

Owen family, of Penrhos (Anglesey)

Wynne family, of Bodewryd (Wales)

Wynne, Edward, 1681-1755

Corporate names

Bodowyr Estate (Wales)

Church of England | Diocese of Hereford

Penrhos Estate (Anglesey, Wales)

Plas Einion Estate (Wales)