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Noel Gibbard Collection of Ivorites Records

Reference code(s): GB 0211 IVORITES

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Title: Noel Gibbard Collection of Ivorites Records

Short title: Ivorites, records (Gibbard collection)

Dates of creation: 1862-1959 (accumulated [20th century])

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.030 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): St David's Unity of Ivorites; St David's Unity of Ivorites: Llanelly District; St David's Unity of Ivorites: Briallen Gwili Lodge; St David's Unity of Ivorites: Caradog Lodge, Llandybie; St David's Unity of Ivorites: Waddell Lodge, Tumble.


Administrative and biographical history: The St David's Unity of Ivorites was a friendly society established in Wrexham, Flintshire, in 1836, by Thomas Robert Jones (1802-1856). In 1838, the St David's Lodge was formed in Carmarthen, and acted as the principal lodge in South Wales. Its intention was to foster unity and fraternity amongst its members, as well as providing for members in financial difficulty. Weekly premiums were collected from the members in order to pay benefits such as burial expenses. The movement was also concerned with intellectual, moral and social improvement, and there were firm rules regarding behaviour, as well as secret signs and handshakes, passwords, oaths of secrecy, and fines for revealing details of a lodge's business to outsiders. The Ivorites took their name from Ifor Hael, the patron of the medieval poet Dafydd ap Gwilym, and were strongly committed to promoting the Welsh language. The movement was organised locally into districts, including Llanelli and Llandeilio, and individual lodges, including Briallen Gwili Lodge, Llandeilo, Caradog Lodge, Llandybie, and Waddell Lodge, Tumble. The movement was dissolved in 1959.


Scope and content: Records relating to the St David's Unity of Ivorites, 1862-1959, including conference reports, 1897-1911, magazines, 1915-1959, private lecture books, 1862-1900, rules, 1878-1920, accounts, 1922-1959, 'Signs and Grips of the Order' booklets, 1862; minutes and papers of Llanelly District, 1932-1957; records of Briallen Gwili Lodge (Llandilo District), 1891-1959, Caradog Lodge, Llandybie, 1891-1959, and Waddell Lodge, Tumble, 1915-1959.


Language/script: English, Welsh

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Carmarthenshire Archives Service.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: Ivorites 8 was withdrawn by Noel Gibbard in 1969.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Rev. Noel Gibbard, Llanelli and Cardiff, 1968, 1986.


Related units of description: Further papers relating to the Ivorites are: University of Wales Swansea LIS Archives, MNA/I/34; Cardiff University Library Archives, LEW; National Library of Wales, Enoch Morgan (Troed-y-rhiw) Papers, Glanamman Ivorites Lodge Records.


Note: Title supplied from name of depositor and contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Carmarthenshire Archives Service, N. Gibbard (Ivorites); National Library of Wales, Glanamman Ivorites Lodge Records; Ammanford town website (, viewed September 2003

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: October 2003



Friendly societies | Wales | Carmarthenshire

St David’s Unity of Ivorites | Records and correspondence

Personal names

Corporate names

St David’s Unity of Ivorites

St David’s Unity of Ivorites | Briallen Gwili Lodge (Llandeilo, Wales)

St David’s Unity of Ivorites | Caradog Lodge (Llandybie, Wales)

St David’s Unity of Ivorites | Llanelly District

St David’s Unity of Ivorites | Waddell Lodge (Tumble, Wales)