Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Miscellaneous Papers being mainly Wynne, Spicer, and Robinson Papers and Papers of the Tre'r dafarn Estate found among the Quarter Sessions Records

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XQP

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Title: Miscellaneous Papers being mainly Wynne, Spicer, and Robinson Papers and Papers of the Tre'r dafarn Estate found among the Quarter Sessions Records

Short title: Caernarfonshire Quarter Sessions, private papers

Dates of creation: 1562-1579

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: (106 items)

Name of creator(s): Maurice Wynne of Gwydir; Spicer family of Caernarfon; Robinson family of Caernarfon


Administrative and biographical history: Caernarfonshire Court of Quarter Sessions accumulated in its Court Rolls a group of papers relating to families and lands in the area. Maurice Wynne, of Gwydir, Caernarfonshire, (d. 1580), was Member of Parliament for Caernarfonshire, 1553-1567, and Sheriff of Caernarfonshire in 1555, 1570 and 1578. He also served as deputy to his brother,, John Gwyn, Vice-Admiral of Caernarfonshire. The Spicer family of Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, included John and his wife Margaret (d. 1548), and William (fl. 1549-1570), who was under-sheriff to Maurice Wynne. The Robinson family of Caernarfon included John (fl. 1600-1618), his wife Elin (fl. 1600-1620), and their sons Robert (fl. 1618-1626) and John.


Scope and content: Papers of Maurice Wynne of Gwydir, 1562-1579, including papers of the Gwydir estate, 1562-1573; Deputy Vice-Admiralcy and shrievalty papers, 1567-1579; papers relating to the Spicer family, of Caernarfon, 1548-1640; papers relating to the Robinson family, of Caernarfon, 1600-1629; papers relating to the Tre'r dafarn estate, Llanallgo, Anglesey, 1529-1555; and miscellaneous papers, 1547-1633.


Language/script: English, Latin

Physical characteristics and technical requirements: Many of the records are fragments and have portions missing

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Maurice Wynne, Gwydir; Spicer family of Caernarfon; Robinson family of Caernarfon; Llewelyn ap David ap Jevan ap Madoc, Tre'r dafarn, Llanallgo; Wynne family of Treiorwerth; and miscellaneous.

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 and the National Library of Wales.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Caernarfon Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The records were removed from the Quarter Sessions rolls by antiquarians and preserved as a seperate archive.

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papurau Amrywiol ya bennaf Papurau Teuluoedd Wynne, Spicer and Robinson ac Ystad Tre'r dafarn y cafwyd hyd iddynt ymysg Papurau'r Llys Chwarter/ Miscellaneous Papers being mainly Wynne, Spicer and Robinson Papers and Papers of the Tre'r dafarn estate found among the Quarter Sessions Records, catalogue; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959)

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

Date(s) of description: September 2004



Robinson family, | of Caernarfon | Archives

Sheriffs | Wales | Gwynedd | Archives

Spicer family, | of Caernarfon | Archives

Wynne, Maurice, | d. 1580 | Archives

Personal names

Robinson family, of Caernarfon

Spicer family, of Caernarfon

Wynne, Maurice, d. 1580

Corporate names