West Glamorgan Archive Service

Ainsworth Collection

Reference code(s): GB 0216 RISW A

Held at:

Title: Ainsworth Collection

Short title: Ainsworth, Harland and family (Swansea), papers

Dates of creation: 1788-1833

Level of description: fonds

Extent and medium: 0.029 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): The Ainsworth family


Administrative and biographical history: The Ainsworth family of Harland Ainsworth and his wife Alice settled in Swansea, Glamorgan c.1800. They married in 1783 in St. Martins in the Fields, London and had 15 children together. The family moved from London to Brecon then Hay before finally settling in Swansea. The papers are primarily concerned with the legal case at Chancery between Ainsworth family members. The Chancery case appears to have been handled by James and Collins solicitors (RISW JC). Harland Ainsworth was associated with Martha Whitney as he appears as one of the witnesses to her will (RISW W 16).


Scope and content: Legal papers, 1788-1832; Family papers, 1811-1832; Bills, receipts and accounts, 1817-1833; Correspondence, 1815-1836.


Language/script: English.

System of arrangement: The collection was originally catalogued at University College Library, Swansea, where an interpretation of the original order was made. This catalogue lists the items chronologically under the headings stated in Scope and content.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service. The catalogue can be accessed online.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records transferred to the West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: The records were originally held at The Royal Institution of South Wales, Swansea. From 1966 onwards the records were moved to the library in the University College, Swansea in consignments. They were transferred to West Glamorgan Archive Service in the Spring of 2004 as part of The Royal Institution of South Wales Collection.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Katie Millien for the West Glamorgan Archive Service.

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

Date(s) of description: Prior to 16-11-2004; Source amended by ANW, January 2005. This description May



Estate administration

Family records

Legal instruments | Great Britain

Procedure (Law) | Actions and defences

Personal names

Ainsworth, Harland, fl. 1788-1829

Corporate names