Denbighshire Record Office

Galltfaenan MSS

Reference code(s): GB 0209 DD/GA

Held at: Denbighshire Record Office

Title: Galltfaenan MSS

Short title: Galltfaenan manuscripts

Dates of creation: 1306-[1980s]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 1.485 cubic metres (53 boxes, 4 outsize bundles)

Name of creator(s): Galltfaenan estate


Administrative and biographical history: The house of Galltfaenan (Alltvaynan) in Henllan, Denbighshire, was purchased by the Salusbury family from the Ravenscrofts of Bretton, Flintshire, in the 16th century. This particular Salusbury family were a branch of the Salusbury family of Lleweni, Denbighshire. The male line of the family ended with the death in 1731 of Edward Salusbury, who bequeathed the estate to his niece, Elizabeth Welshman. She married Dr John Jones of Penyfed, Llangwm, and Penanner, Cerrigydrudion. The estate was inherited by their daughter, Margaret, who married John Jones of Denbigh. She died childless, leaving Galltfaenan to her cousin's son, Col John Lloyd (Salusbury), a descendant through his mother of the Thelwall family of Blaen Ial, Denbighshire, on condition that he took the surname Salusbury. John Lloyd Salusbury's eldest daughter, Anna Maria, to whom the estate passed, married Townshend Mainwaring of Marchwiel Hall, Flintshire, second son of the Rev. Charles Mainwaring of Oteley Park in 1837. Their heir was Charles Salusbury Mainwaring, a keen genealogist who compiled notebooks on the pedigrees of many families in North Wales and also corresponded with Alfred Neobard Palmer, the Wrexham historian. His heir, Randle Kynaston Lloyd Salusbury Mainwaring, sold Galltfaenan in 1926. According to the 1873 return of owners of land the Galltfaenan estate measured 10,686 acres, all in Denbighshire, with an annual rental of £4,328.


Scope and content: Deeds, 1336-1913, of the Galltfaenan estate in Denbighshire and Flintshire; estate records, [17th cent.]-1946, including rentals and surveys, [17th cent.]-1954, legal papers, 1389-1928, and accounts and vouchers, 1780-1796; family settlements and wills, 1373-1914; sale particulars, mostly for Cerrigydrudion area, Denbighshire, 1797-1914; estate correspondence, 1609, 1682-1946, including letters about the coal mine at Pen-y-Gaer, Cerrigydrudion, 1827-1839; plans, mainly for premises in Cerrigydrudion and Llangwm, [c. 1802]-1913; genealogical notes, including notebooks of C. S. Mainwaring and letters from A. N. Palmer, the Wrexham historian, [18th cent.]-1899; military papers, 1689-1899, including Caernarfonshire militia, 1781, 1804-1892, and Denbighshire militia, 1689-1897; and financial papers, 1576-1908, including papers concerning debts, trust funds, etc., 1576-1908, and investments in Ruthin and Cerrigydrudion Railway Co., 1887-1889,valuations and particulars, 1772-[19th cent.], estate and family accounts and vouchers, 1756-1962, inventories and sale catalogues, 1909-1927, estate and family correspondence, [c. 1763]-1976, maps and plans, 1743-1892, sale plans and particulars, 1791-1913; family wills, 1781-1938, diaries, 1847-1923, genealogical papers, [late 19th cent.]-1985, electoral and other notes, [c. 1860]-[20th cent.], photographs, [19th cent.]-[20th cent.], papers relating to local affairs 1757-[1980s]; and legal papers, 1598-1892.


Language/script: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: deeds; estate records; family papers; office records; military records; financial records; charities; legal papers; and miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: A few items have been retained at Dolbelidr. Access to some documents within this collection may be restricted due to Data Protection legislation. Please contact Denbighshire Record Office for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Denbighshire Record Office, Flintshire Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Denbighshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mr. R.K.L.S. Mainwaring, Dolbelidr, St. Asaph, Flintshire and by Miss Judy Corbett, Dolbelidr, St Asaph, Clwyd.


Related units of description: Further Galltfaenan estate records are Denbighshire Record Office, DD/GA (ADD).


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: Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 1952); Lloyd, J.Y.W., The History of Powys Fadog (London, 6 vols, 1881-7), vols V, VI; James, Brian, 'The Great Landowners of Wales in 1873', National Library of Wales Journal, XIV (1965-6); Veysey, A.G. ed., Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (Flintshire County Council, 1974).

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

Date(s) of description: October 2001



Coal mines and mining | Wales | Cerrigydrudion | Records and correspondence

Deeds | Wales | Denbighshire

Denbighshire (Wales) | Genealogy

Dwellings | Wales | Denbighshire | Designs and plans

Estate administration | Wales | Galltfaenan

Military administration | Wales | Records and correspondence

Railways | Wales | Denbighshire | Finance

Sales particulars | Wales | Denbighshire

Personal names

Lloyd Salusbury Mainwaring family, of Galltfaenan

Palmer, Alfred Neobard

Corporate names

Denbighshire Militia

Galltfaenan Estate (Wales)

Great Britain | Army. | Caernarvonshire Militia and Volunteer Regiments

Ruthin and Cerrigydrudion Railway Company