Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Wern Estate - Papers of R. M. Greaves

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XD/96

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Title: Wern Estate - Papers of R. M. Greaves

Short title: Greaves, R. M., papers

Dates of creation: 1873-1930

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): R. M. Greaves; Martyn Williams-Ellis


Administrative and biographical history: Richard Methuen Greaves (b. 1852) was the second son of John Whitehead Greaves (1807-80), owner of the Llechwedd Slate Quarries, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merionethshire. Greaves undertook a world trip in 1873 and 1874. In 1885 he succeeded his brother, John Ernest Greaves (1847-1945), as general manager of the Llechwedd Slate Quarries. He owned Wern Home Farm, Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, and purchased the Bryncir estate, Dolbenmaen, Caernarfonshire, in about 1899. Greaves was interested in all things mechanical and instigated agricultural and domestic improvements on his estates. Wern was at one point converted into a Red Cross Home. It later came into the possession of Col. Martyn (or Martin) Williams-Ellis (1885-1968), nephew of R. M. Greaves.


Scope and content: Papers of R. M. Greaves, 1873-1967, comprising correspondence and other personal papers, 1873-1919; farm accounts, 1883-1967, and plans and other documents relating to Wern, 1884-[20th century]; papers relating to Bryncir, 1881-1965, including sales catalogues, 1895-1943, rents, leases and purchases, 1884-1924; items relating to Llechwedd Slate Quarries, mainly registers of rainfall, 1890-1930; and letters to Col. Williams-Ellis, 1952-1959.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: personal; Wern; Bryncir; and Col. Williams-Ellis.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

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


Related units of description: Papers of John Ernest Greaves are in Caernarfon Record Office, XD/84. Wern Papers XM850.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papers of R. M. Greaves, 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: August 2004



Estate administration | Wales | Gwynedd

Greaves, R. M. | (Richard Methuen), | b. 1852 | Archives

Slate industry | Wales | Gwynedd | Archives

Personal names

Greaves, R. M. (Richard Methuen), 1852-1942

Williams-Ellis, Martin I., 1885-1968

Corporate names

Bryncir Estate (Wales)

Llechwedd Quarry


Blaenau Ffestiniog