Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Papers of J. E. Greaves, Lord-Lieutenant of Caernarfonshire

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XD/84

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Title: Papers of J. E. Greaves, Lord-Lieutenant of Caernarfonshire

Short title: Greaves, J. E., Lord-Lieutenant of Caernarfonshire, papers

Dates of creation: 1885-1957

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): J. E. Greaves (1847-1945)


Administrative and biographical history: J. E. (John Ernest) Greaves (1847-1945) was Lord-Lieutenant of Caernarfonshire, 1886-1933. Born at Tan-yr-allt, Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, he was the eldest son of John Whitehead Greaves (1807-1880), the founder of J. W. Greaves and Son, Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire, owner of slate mines and quarries in Ffestiniog, Merionethshire. J. E. Greaves succeeded to the business and also owned a large estate at Glangwna, near Caernarfon, property at Bron Eifion, Criccieth, Caernarfonshire, and had considerable investments in Canada. He became Lord-Lieutenant of Caernarfonshire in 1886. In this capacity, he chaired the Advisory Committee responsible for nominating Justices of the Peace. He held various other positions in the county, being Chairman of the Quarter Sessions from 1890. He promoted higher nursing standards, and was involved with Caernarfon Cottage Hospital and the Council of Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nursing, and was chairman of the North Wales Nursing Association, 1908-1927. He was married to Marianne Steadman, 1875-1934. Their only daughter, Dorothy, married Colonel Godfrey Drage.


Scope and content: Papers of J. E. Greaves, 1885-1957, comprising records relating to the Lord-Lieutenancy of Caernarfonshire, 1908-1940, 1957; records relating to the Advisory Committee, 1915-1930; letters and other papers relating to the Glangwna estate and farm, 1911-1937, his Canadian interests, 1910-1922, and Cricieth foreshore, 1898-1907; papers relating to his interest in nursing organisations, 1885-1935, Caernarfonshire legal affairs, 1901-1926, ex-servicemen and their organisations, 1916-1933, the Scouting Association, 1922, 1930, and royal visits to Caernarfonshire, 1902-1927; records of Tremadog Clothing Club, 1894-1944; and miscellaneous letters, 1905-1938.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Lieutenancy; Advisory Committee; Glangwna estate affairs; Glangwna farm affairs; nursing; legal affairs; Canadian interests; British Legion; war pensions; unemployment amongst ex-servicemen; the Officers' Association; Scouting; Criccieth foreshore; Royal visits; Tremadog Clothing Club; miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: Records of the Advisory Committee (XD84/2) are Public Records and are closed to the public for a period of 75 years from creation. Closed records may be accessed in exceptional circumstances with the permission of the Principal Archivist.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: No information found



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papurau J. E. Greaves (1847-1945) Arglwydd Raglaw Sir Gaernarfon/Papers of J. E. Greaves (1847-1945) Lord-Lieutenant of Caernarfonshire 1886-1933, catalogue; Llechwefan/Slatesite website (, viewed 30 July 2004.

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

Date(s) of description: July 2004



Caernarvonshire (Wales). | Lord-Lieutenancy | Archives

Estate administration | Wales | Gwynedd

Justices of the peace | Selection and appointment | Wales | Gwynedd

Nursing | Standards | Wales | Gwynedd

War victims | Employment | Wales | Gwynedd

Personal names

Greaves, John Ernest, 1847-1945

Corporate names

Caernarvonshire (Wales) | Advisory Committee

Caernarvonshire (Wales) | Lord-Lieutenancy

Glangwna Estate (Wales)

Tremadog Clothing Club