Carmarthenshire Archive Service

Cwmgwili Letters and Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0211 CWMGWILI

Held at: Carmarthenshie Archives Service

Title: Cwmgwili Letters and Papers

Short title: Cwmgwili letters and papers

Dates of creation: 1659-1946

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.96 cubic metres (5 boxes, 2 rolls)

Name of creator(s): Philipps family of Cwmgwili


Administrative and biographical history: About 1589, Charles Vaughan of Penybanc Issa, son of Walter Vaughan of Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, esq., married Catherine Jones, the heiress of Cwmgwili. His descendant, another Charles Vaughan, died without issue in 1678, leaving Cwmgwili to his wife Anne, the daughter of John Vaughan of Llanelli, in fee simple. Anne Vaughan died in 1706, leaving the estate to her second husband, Griffith Lloyd of Llanarthne. Griffith Lloyd died in 1713, leaving Cwmgwili and most of the estate to his great-nephew, Grismond Philipps, eldest son of John Philipps of Ty Gwyn near Llandeilo, whose descendants still live there


Scope and content: Letters of the Philipps family of Cwmgwili,1675, 1714-1946, many relating to the municipal life of Carmarthen, British politics, Carmarthenshire politics and elections, and to service in the army and navy; journals of Grismond Phillips, 1832-1849, and Cwmgwili estate rentals, 1725-1732, 1764-1772.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following sections: letters and papers, 1659-1853; undated letters; fragments; miscellaneous papers, 1709-1946; and journals, 1832-1849.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at the Carmarthen Archive Service, National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
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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 Sir Grismond Picton Philipps of Cwmgwili.


Related units of description: Further papers relating to the Cwmgwili estate are National Library of Wales, Cwmgwili Estate Records, and Griffith E. Owen Papers; the latter remains uncatalogued.


Publication note: Jones, Francis, 'Cwmgwili and its families', Carmarthenshire Historian, xiii (1976), pp. 23-66, xiv (1977), pp. 20-49.

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Jones, Francis, 'Cwmgwili and its families', Carmarthenshire Historian, xiii (1976)

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

Date(s) of description: July 2001



Carmarthenshire (Wales) | Politics and government

Estate administration | Wales | Carmarthenshire

Philipps family, | of Cwmgwili | Correspondence

Rentals | Wales | Carmarthenshire

Personal names

Philipps family, of Cwmgwili

Philipps, Grismond

Corporate names

Cwmgwili Estate (Wales)