Powys County Archives Office

Bryngwyn Collection

Reference code(s): GB 0223 M/D/SAND

Held at: Powys County Archives Service

Title: Bryngwyn Collection

Short title: Bryngwyn collection

Dates of creation: 1703-1930

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 1.5 cubic metres (60 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Sandbach family, of Bryngwyn, Llanfechain


Administrative and biographical history: In 1830, Samuel Sandbach (1769-1851), of Liverpool, Lancashire, bought the Hafodunos estate, Llangernyw, Denbighshire, from the Rev. Thomas Hugh Clough, the son of the heiress of the Lloyd family of Hafodunos. Samuel Sandbach was sheriff of Denbighshire 1839, and sometime mayor of Liverpool. Samuel was succeeded by his son, Henry Robertson Sandbach (d. 1895). In 1855, he married Elizabeth Charlotte Williams (1827-189[]), daughter of Martin Williams, of Old Hope, in the parish of Westmoreland, Jamaica, and of Bryngwyn, in the parish of Llanfechain, Montgomeryshire, the son of Martin Williams (c.1723-86) of the parish of St James, Jamaica. Henry Robertson Sandbach was succeeded by his son, Samuel Sandbach (1856-1928), who was succeeded in turn by his brother Major-General Arthur Edmund Sandbach CB, DSO (1859-1928), of Bryngwyn. In 1902, Major-General Sandbach married Ina (b. 1867), daughter of George Sholto Gordon Douglas-Pennant (1836-1907), 2nd Baron Penrhyn, and left issue.


Scope and content: Papers of Henry Robertson Sandbach, his second wife Elizabeth Charlotte, and their children and marriage partners, particularly Ina, wife of Arthur Edmund Sandbach, and the sisters of Elizabeth Charlotte, namely Katherine ('Kate') Williams and Frances ('Fanny') Bentinck; and papers of Major-General Arthur Edmund Sandbach, including official and personal correspondence relating to his colonial service in Egypt, Sudan, Burma, India, South Africa and Ireland 1877-1928, including as military secretary to the Viceroy of India 1898-1899, and relating to the 59th Division at Dublin during the Easter Rising in Ireland 1916. The archive also includes tour notes and journals on the Continent, [c.1825]-1897, Bryngwyn farm accounts, cash books, etc., 1813-1929, correspondence, accounts and papers relating to the Williams family's Old Hope estate in Jamaica, 1703-1902, and papers relating to the Hafodunos estate, 1903-1912.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Original arrangement.

Conditions governing access: Closed. Prior permission of the depositor is required to access the collection (contact Powys County Archives Service for details).

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply. Photocopying restrictions apply; permission of depositor essential.

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


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Powys County Archives Office have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The title was changed from Sandbach Collection to the Bryngwyn Collection at the request of the depositor in 1996.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited in 1988 (Accession nos 384 and 531).


Related units of description: Further papers relating to Hafodunos are National Library of Wales, Wigfair Estate Records.


Publication note: Humphreys, T. M., 'Bryngwyn: a study of the impact of family settlements, extravagance and debt on a Welsh estate', Montgomeryshire Collections, 75 (1987), pp. 70-93.

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Office, Catalogue of Sandbach Family Papers, Bryngwyn, Llanfechain, co. Montgomery.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of description: March-May 2002; minor amendments April-August 2005



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Personal names

Bentinck, Fanny (Frances), 1816-1904

Sandbach family, of Hafodunos and Bryngwyn

Sandbach, Arthur Edmund, 1859-1928, Major General

Sandbach, Elizabeth Charlotte, 1827-1890

Sandbach, Henry Robertson, 1806-1895

Sandbach, Ina, b. 1867

Williams, Kate (Katherine), 1817-1903

Corporate names

Old Hope Estate (Jamaica)








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