Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office
Casgliad Ellis Davies
Reference code(s): GB 0219 XD/70
Title: Casgliad Ellis Davies
Short title: Davies, Ellis, Collection
Dates of creation: 1793-1984
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: Information to be supplied
Name of creator(s): Ellis Davies; Ellis Davies, Jones & Jones, Solicitors, Caernarfon
Administrative and biographical history: Ellis Davies (1871-1939) was the son of David and Catherine Davies of Tyddyn Sabel, Bethesda, Caernarfonshire. He was educated at Carneddi School and Liverpool College. He later became a clerk at an insurance office in Wrexham, Denbighshire. In 1899, he passed his final examinations in law and began his career as a solicitor in partnership with Mr R. O. Roberts, the Town Clerk of Caernarfon. By 1917, the practice was known as 'Davies, Jones and Jones', of 22 Castle Square, Caernarfon. In 1901 he married Mary Grace Hughes, daughter of Mr Richard Hughes of Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire. In 1928 he set up his own practice with his daughter and two sons. Ellis Davies was very active in his religious life, and while in Wrexham had joined the Calvinist Methodist ministry as a preacher. He was eventually elected as deacon of the Moriah Calvinist Methodist Church and served on a number of committees of that denomination. Ellis Davies served as Secretary to the Eifion Division of the Caernarfonshire Liberal Association, and in 1906 he was nominated as candidates for the Liberal Party and held the seat for the Eifion Division from 1906 to 1918. In 1923, he became the candidate for the Denbigh Division of the Liberal Association, successfully holding the seat until 1929. Davies also became a member of the Chairman's Panel in the House of Commons and was Chairman of the Public Assistance Committee. He was the principal agent in the appointment of the royal commission which inquired into accidents at mines and quarries. He retired from active national politics in 1929 owing to ill-health, but continued to be involved in local government, including work as Chairman of the Caernarfonshire Public Assistance Committee.
Scope and content: Records of Ellis Davies, Jones & Jones, Solicitors, and personal papers of Ellis Davies, 1793-1984, including office diaries, 1903-1937; financial records, 1901-1974; will books, 1895-1950; ledgers, 1892-1933; miscellaneous business records, 1889-1984; records of clients' estates, including the Cefnfaes estate, 1813-1950; Carneddi Road, Llanllechid, 1880-1925; Newborough estate, 1860-1965; Dinas estate, 1915-1929; Penrhyn estate, 1875-1907; Coedmor estate, 1913; clients' business records, 1819-1968; clients' wills, 1850-1936; deeds relating to land in Caernarfonshire, 1793-1965; Meirionethshire, 1904-1948; Anglesey, 1858-1917; miscellaneous, 1840-[c. 1979]; and personal papers of Ellis Davies, 1864-1974.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/script: English, Welsh
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Business papers; Estates; Client's Business; Client's Wills; Miscellaneous deeds; Miscellaneous papers; and Personal papers of Ellis Davies.
Conditions governing access: No restrictions
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.
Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Caernarfon Record Office have been retained.
Accruals: Accruals are not expected
Archival history: The collection was catalogued while the records were removed from the offices of Ellis Davies & Co.
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The fonds includes earleir papers accumulated by Ellis Davies and material post-dating his death relating to the firm.
Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Casgliad Ellis Davies Collection, catalogue.
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: July 2004