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Llysnewydd and Llanllyr Estate Records

Reference code(s): GB 0211 LLYSNEWYDD

Held at: Carmarthenshie Archives Service

Title: Llysnewydd and Llanllyr Estate Records

Short title: Llysnewydd and Llanllyr Estate records

Dates of creation: 1724-1876

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Information not available

Name of creator(s): Llysnewydd and Llanllyr estate


Administrative and biographical history: The Lewes family was descended from the Lewes family of Abernantbychan, Cardiganshire. John Lewes (1680-1742) of Carmarthen married Hester Beynon of Castell Gorfod and purchased the Llanllyr estate in Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire in 1720 from Henry Sumner. John and Hestor's son, John Lewes (1711-1783) of Llanllyr married Rebecca Price of Dyffryn, Carmarthenshire. He inherited Llysnewydd in the parish of Llangeler, Carmarthenshire, on the death of a cousin. Llysnewydd itself had been in the possession of the Lewes family since 1610 when John Lewes, third son of David Lewes of Gernos, Cardiganshire, purchased the property. John and Rebecca's son and heir was William Lewes (1746-1828) of Llysnewydd and Llanllyr, who also inherited the Dyffryn estate after 1805 from his relative William Jones. The Dyffryn estate remained in the family until 1882. It was in the possession of a Colonel W. N. Jones in about 1920. The Llysnewydd and Llanllyr estates were split up after the death of William Lewes (1746-1828). His eldest son, William Lewes (1789-1848) inherited Llysnewydd. His family still occupied Llysnewydd in 1984. The Llanllyr estate was inherited by William's third son, Captain John Lewes (1793-1860) who was given Llanllyr on his marriage to Mary Anne (1802-42), daughter of John Vaughan Lloyd of Brynog, and resided at Brynog. His son, John Lewes (1829-1900) married Mary Jane Griffiths of Llwyndyrys, daughter of the Rev. C. Griffith in 1858. Following his marriage, John Lewes bought his father out of the Llanllyr estate. Llanllyr house was demolished and rebuilt under Colonel John Lewes. He was succeeded by his son John Lewes (1860-1931), who married Louisa Hext from Cornwall in 1890.


Scope and content: Family and estate papers of Lewes family of Llysnewydd comprising deeds, 1818-1876, relating to the Llysnewydd and Llanllyr estates, rentals of the Llanllyr estate, 1828-1845, copy wills, 1724-1875, accounts, 1816-1859; and pedigree rolls and notes.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically

Conditions governing access: The archive has been withdrawn from Carmarthenshire Archive Service and cannot be consulted

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


Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Temporarily deposited by Captain J. Hext Lewes of Llanllyr.


Related units of description: Further papers of the Lewes family are National Library of Wales, Llysnewydd Estate Records, and National Library of Wales, Llanllyr Estate Records.


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: Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families, (Newport, 1997); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales, (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. I; Jones, Francis, Historic Cardiganshire Homes and their families, (Newport, 2000).

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

Lewes family, | of Llysnewydd and Llanllyr | Archives

Rentals | Wales | Carmarthenshire

Personal names

Lewes family, of Llysnewydd and Llanllyr

Corporate names

Llanllyr Estate (Wales)