Reference code(s): GB 0210 ROYANS
Held at: NLW
Title: D. Roy Evans Collection
Short title: Evans, D. Roy, collection
Dates of creation: [1609x1908]
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 0.215 cubic metres (5 boxes)
Name of creator(s): D. Roy Evans; Anne Adaliza Beynon Puddicombe
Administrative and biographical history: D.Roy Evans of Brynmarlog, Newcastle Emlyn, was a solicitor, of the firm D. Roy Evans and Jones, and may have been a distant relative of Anne Puddicombe. Anne Adaliza Beynon Puddicombe ('Allen Raine') (1836-1908), author, a daughter of a solicitor, was born in Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire. At the age of thirteen she moved, with her sister, to live in Cheltenham and Wandsworth with Henry Solly, a Unitarian minister. She moved back to Newcastle Emlyn in 1856. In 1872 she married Beynon Puddicombe, a London banker, and they moved to London. Following her husband's illness, they moved back to Tre-saith in 1900. She won first prize with a story in the National Eisteddfod in 1894. Her first novel was published in 1897, A Welsh Singer. She published ten novels during the next twelve years, including, Torn Sails (1898), By Berwyn Banks (1899), Garthowen (1900), AWelsh Witch (1902), On the Wings of the Wind (1903), Hearts of Wales (1905) and Queen of the Rushes. She also published a volume of short stories, All in a Month (1908). She died in 1908.
Scope and content: Deeds and papers accumulated by D. Roy Evans, comprising the papers of Mrs A. A. Puddicombe ('Allen Raine'), including manuscripts of her work, [1894x1908] and an eighteenth-century manuscript formerly belonging to her; newspaper cuttings relating to the death of, and the inquest upon, Sarah Jacobs of Llether-noyadd-ucha, Llanfihangel-ar-arth, co. Carmarthen, the Welsh fasting girl, 1869-1870; a copy of Mercvrivs Avlicvs, communicating the intelligence and affairs of the Court, to the rest of the Kingdom. From May to May 11, 1645, recording the victory of General Charles Gerard over Major-General Laugharne before Newcastle Emlyn; and deeds and documents relating to properties in the parish of Laugharne, 1609-1756, and to properties in the counties of Cardigan, Carmarthen, and Pembroke, 1695-1900.
Language/script: English, Welsh
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: manuscripts; deeds and documents in chronological order; deeds and documents relating to properties in Laugharne.
Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.
Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained
Accruals: Accruals are not expected
Archival history: The group of papers deposited in 1931 was returned to the depositor in 1934, but subsequently redeposited after the death of D. Roy Evans by his daughter, possibly with some omissions.
Immediate source of acquisition: Presented by Mr D. Roy Evans, per the Rev. Gruffydd Evans, June 1928; deposited by Mr D. Roy Evans, 1931, (later returned at his request, 1934) and 1932.
Note: Title supplied from contents and collector of fonds
Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW Project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of D. Roy Evans Collection; Stephens, Meic, Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru (Cardiff, 1986).
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: February 2003