Carmarthenshire Archive Service

Derwydd Muniments

Reference code(s): GB 0211 DERWYDD.

Held at:

Title: Derwydd Muniments

Short title: Derwydd Muniments

Dates of creation: 1543-1959 (predominantly 18th - 19th century)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 2.64 cubic metres (212 boxes, 35 vols)

Name of creator(s): Derwydd estate


Administrative and biographical history: Rhydderch ap Hywel ap Bedo is the earliest named owner of Derwydd, in 1550. His only child, Elizabeth, also had an only child, Sage, who married Sir Henry Vaughan of Golden Grove, who came to live at Derwydd. Following Sir Henry's death, the estate was inherited by his daughter Rachel who married John Vaughan of Derllys. He was succeeded by his son Richard Vaughan of Derwydd who died without issue. The estate passed to his daughter, Elizabeth Lloyd, who married Sir Thomas Stepney of Llanelli. After the deaths of his sons without issue, the estate passed to his daughter, Elizabeth Bridgetta. She married Joseph Gulston in 1767, and the estate remained with their descendants until at least the 1980s.


Scope and content: Family and estate papers of the Stepney-Gulston family of Derwydd and related families, including Vaughan and Gulston, comprising title deeds of the Derwydd estate in Carmarthenshire, 1543-1914, estate records including correspondence, 1655-1927, accounts, 1883-1935, vouchers, 1842-1959, rentals, 1748-1914, inventories and valuations, 1811-1883, and maps, 1642-1959; and family papers including family histories and genealogical papers, most notably, a number of Victorian and Edwardian scrapbooks and photograph albums, and nineteenth century genealogical and heraldic material relating to many of the county families of Wales and England. The archive also includes papers relating to Carmarthenshire Girl Guides, 1920-1945, and sale particulars 1875-1905, including particulars relating to Rhos Colliery 1905; and deeds and documents relating to mining activities [c. 1840]-1875.


Language/script: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into five sections: family history, genealogy, heraldry and other historical material; maps, plans, prints, drawings, pictures and photographs; correspondence, accounts, vouchers, rentals, inventories, maps and family material; deeds and documents; and miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at the Carmarthenshire Archive Service, the 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 Ralph Stepney-Gulston of Derwydd, 1966.


Related units of description: Further papers relating to the Stepney family of Llanelli, the Stepney-Gulston family, and the Vaughan family of Golden Grove are the Stepney Collection and the Cawdor Vaughan Muniments, both at Carmarthenshire Archive Service and National Library of Wales, Derwydd Estate Records.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 18th ed, three vols,1965-72) vol. II ; Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families (Newport, 1997); Beckley, Susan, 'The Carmarthenshire Record Office: a survey of holdings', The Carmarthenshire Antiquary, XV (1979).

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

Date(s) of description: July 2002 (edited January 2006)



Coal mines and mining | Wales, South

Mines and mineral resources | Wales, South

Personal names

Stepney family, of Llanelli

Stepney-Gulston family, of Derwydd

Corporate names

Rhos Colliery Company