West Glamorgan Archive Service

Gilbertson family of Pontardawe Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0216 DD Gil 2

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Title: Gilbertson family of Pontardawe Papers

Short title: Gilbertson family of Pontardawe, papers

Dates of creation: 1779-2001

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium:

Name of creator(s): Arthur Geoffrey Gilbertson; Nannette Pearce


Administrative and biographical history: Joseph Moore was the father of Ellen Moore (d. 1900) who married Howell Gwyn (d. 1888) of Dyffryn, and also the grandfather of Joseph Edward Moore of Longford Court (d. 1922) who inherited the Dyffryn Estate and took the name Moore-Gwyn. Francis Edwardes Leach of Plâs Cilybell, Glamorgan (1805-1865) assumed the surname Lloyd on inheriting Cilybebyll on the death of his mother. He was married to Harriet Goodwin Page (1810-1862) and one of their daughters Ellen Lloyd (1850-1894) married Arthur Gilbertson (1842-1912), the third son of William Gilbertson. William Gilbertson (1810-1882) of Cwmavon, Glamorgan married Eliza (nee Bramah, 1816-1868). William Gilbertson was a leading citizen in Pontardawe and the founder of Messrs. William Gilbertson & Company Limited. Arthur Gilbertson was High Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1892. He also built the Glanryd House of Pontardawe. Arthur and Ellen Gilbertson had 14 children. Their eldest son, Francis William Gilbertson (1873-1929) married Isabel Francis de Winton Thomas (1869-1955) in 1896. She was the eldest daughter of Illtyd Thomas of Glanmor. Francis was the first President of the University College of Swansea 1920-1929. Their ninth son was Charles Geoffrey Gilbertson (1884-1963) who married Ellen Christabel Moore-Gwyn (1883-1963) of Longford Court in 1908. Ellen's mother was Edith Moore-Gwyn (née Jephson of Ireland). His cricket team was active in 1922-1931. Before moving to Broadlands House, Bridgend in 1950, the family lived in Gelligron House, Pontardawe, since 1908. Their son, Arthur Geoffrey Gilbertson (1913-1991) was President of The Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, Priory for Wales for the Pontypridd area in 1952 and was Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1970. He was married to Hilarie Williams-Thomas. Francis William Gilbertson's eleventh son, George Noel Gilbertson (1886-1955) married Helen Morris in 1925. He was a Midshipman on HMS Glory (flagship of the China Squadron), 1903-1905. Their daughter was Nannette Pearce (née Gilbertson, 1929-2001).


Scope and content: Papers of the Gilbertson family, 1779-2001, comprising personal correspondence, 1779-1925; diaries and ship's logs, 1817-1936; game books, 1919-1988; certificates, 1918-1952; cricket score book, 1908-1931; ephemera, 1919-1936; scrap books, 1890-1950s; files of genealogical notes; [c. 1870]-2001; files relating to houses and local history connected with the Gilbertson, Lloyd and Moore-Gwyn families, 1908-2001; photograph albums, 1880s-1980s; loose photographs.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: letters written to Joseph Moore and Howell Gwyn; letters and other papers relating to the marriage of George Noel Gilbertson and Miss Helen Morris; diaries and ship's logs; game books; certificates; marriage of Charles Gilbertson and Ellen Moore-Gwyn; cricket score book; ephemera; scrap books; files of genealogical notes; files relating to houses and local history connected with the Gilbertson, Lloyd and Moore-Gwyn families; photograph albums; miscellaneous

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at West Glamorgan Archive Service and the National Register of Archives
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: It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.


Related units of description: See also the Gilbertson industrial papers (reference D/D Gil 1/1-17 and D/D X 93/1-23); Schedule of Gwyn Estate Papers.


Publication note: Jackson, P. W. (ed.), Letter-books of W. Gilbertson & Co. Ltd., Pontardawe, 1890-1929 (Cardiff, 2001).

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Catalogue of the Gilbertson family Papers; West Glamorgan Archive Service website (http://www1.swansea.gov.uk/archives); Prifysgol Cymru Abertawe, Gilbertson family; Jackson, P.W. (ed.), Letter-books of W. Gilbertson & Co. Ltd., Pontardawe, 1890-1929 (Cardiff, 2001); Lloyd, John, The Lloyds of Plâs Cilybell: from Leach of Castlemartin, Pembroke and Milford (Cowbridge, 1990); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (London, 2000).

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

Date(s) of description: April 2004



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Personal names

Gilbertson family, of Pontardawe

Gilbertson, Arthur Geoffrey

Gwyn family, of Dyffryn

Jephson family, of Ireland

Leach family, of Cilybebyll

Lloyd family, of Cilybebyll

Moore-Gwyn family, of Dyffryn

Pearce, Nannette, 1929-2001

Corporate names

Glory (Battleship)

W. Gilbertson and Company