Carmarthenshire Archive Service

Mansel Deeds and Documents

Reference code(s): GB 0211 MANSEL(BRA)

Held at: Carmarthenshie Archives Service

Title: Mansel Deeds and Documents

Short title: Mansel deeds and documents

Dates of creation: 1582-1854

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.11 cubic metres (9 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Mansel family of Muddlescwm and Maesycrugiau, Carmarthenshire


Administrative and biographical history: The Mansel family came to Muddlescwm in the parish of Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, when Anthony and Francis (d. 1628), two sons of Sir Edward Mansel, married Mary and Catherine, the co-heirs of Muddlescombe. Anthony and Mary died without issue, so the estate devolved on Sir Francis Mansel, first baronet, and Catherine his wife. As part of the Muddlescombe estate, Sir Francis also inherited Llandeilo Abercywyn, Carmarthenshire, which was sold off along with other properties in 1660. The family remained at Muddlescombe until the death without issue of Sir Edward Mansel, fourth baronet in 1670, when the estate was partitioned between his two sisters, Barbara and Anne. The Muddlescombe estate appears to have been acquired by the Owen family of Orielton, Pembrokeshire, during the 18th century. The title passed to Sir Richard Mansel (1641-1691), 5th Bart., of Iscoed, Carmarthenshire. Iscoed was inherited by his grandfather Richard Mansel, son of Sir Francis Mansel, 1st Bart., through his marriage to Catherine Morgan, daughter of Rees Morgan of Iscoed. The family continued to live at Iscoed until Sir John Bell William Mansel (1806-1883), 11th Bart., sold the mansion of Iscoed, Iscoed (Old), and two other farms to General Sir Thomas Picton for £30,000. The Mansel family had also inherited Maesycrugiau, Llanllwni, Carmarthenshire, following the marriage of Sir Richard Mansel, 12th Bart with Maud Margaretta in 1878.


Scope and content: Papers of the Mansel family of Muddlescombe and Maesycrugiau, Carmarthenshire, comprising deeds, 1582-1854; legal papers, 1679-1792; estate and personal letters, 1678-1792; and accounts, 1699-1784.


Language/script: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Carmarthenshire Archive Service and the National Register of Archives
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Carmarthenshire Archive Service have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the British Records Association, March 1961.


Related units of description: Further papers of the Muddlescombe estate are National Library of Wales, Muddlescombe Estate Records. Xerox copies of Mansel family papers are Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Mansel Family Papers.


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 Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, (London,1959); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales, (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. I; Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Houses and their families, (Newport, 1997).

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

Date(s) of description: July 2001



Deeds | Wales | Carmarthenshire

Estate administration | Wales | Carmarthenshire

Mansel family, | of Muddlescwm | Archives

Personal names

Mansel family, of Muddlescwm

Corporate names

Maesycrugiau Estate (Wales)

Muddlescombe Estate (Wales)