Back to the grindstone

It’s been a slow couple of days getting back into the swing of things after a lovely holiday, and listening to the storm earlier made me wish I was still lounging on that beach in the sunshine!

But, after a day of admin yesterday it was nice to be back with the doucuments today. It’s mainly been the letters of Edward Gordon (1st Lord Penrhyn), which have taken a while to read, but have provided quite an insight into the character of a man who as yet I’ve hardly encountered. One thing is for sure, he had a dry and slightly wicked sense of humor and comes across as a bit of a gent, valliantly defending the honour of his wife when she was very mildy disparaged by William Bulkley Hughes while electioneering. One thing that seems be certain about old Edward Gordon; he must have had quite a way with the ladies given that he managed to bag himself not one but two hugely wealthy heiresses as wives!

Other items of note are the pass books of George Sholto both before and after he became Lord Penrhyn.  It would take some time to analyse these, but it would provide a very interesting insight into his financial sitiation, which I’m starting to suspect may not have been as solvent as we believe. One thing is certain, his fondness for horse racing cost him dear.

This little letter, which I think may have something to do withg the Queen of Romania, has puzzled me a bit.  Any suggestions?

Other than that, here’s the usual list of documents:

60.1 Leather bound pass book for the account with Merrers Ransom, Bouverie & Co belonging to Lord Penrhyn with letters from E.A. Young regarding the annual profit of the quarry inside (£55,000 in 1890).  1890-1892 Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal 
60.2 Leather bound pass book for the account with Merrers Ransom, Bouverie & Co belonging to George Sholto Douglas pennant  1875-1879  Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal 
60.3 Leather bound pass book for the account with Merrers Ransom, Bouverie & Co belonging to Lord Penrhyn 1 July 1901- 31 December 1903 Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal 
60.04 Leather bound pass book for the account with Messers Barclay, Bevan, Fritton Ransom, Bouverie & Co belonging to Lord Penrhyn July 1894- October 1896 Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal 
60.5 Leather bound pass book for the account with Messers Barclay, Bevan, Fritton Ransom, Bouverie & Co belonging to Lord Penrhyn 1 Jan 1904-6 Jan 1906 Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal 
60.6 Leather bound pass book for the account with Merrers Ransom, Bouverie & Co belonging to George Sholto Douglas pennant  1873-1875  Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal 
60.7 Bound pass book for the account with Weatherby & Sons Co belonging to Lord Penrhyn including letter from E.C. Clayton regarding the overdraft.  Account seems to be used for horse racing matters.  1901-Dec 31 1902  Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal/Horse racing 
60.8 Bound pass book for the account with Weatherby & Sons Co belonging to Lord Penrhyn.  Account seems to be used for horse racing matters.  1903-end of 1904 Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal/Horse racing 
60.9 Bound pass book for the account with Weatherby & Sons Co belonging to Lord Penrhyn.  Account seems to be used for horse racing matters.  Includes letter acknowledging receipt of £700 from Weatherby & Sons.  1905-1906  Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal/Horse racing 
60.10 Bound pass book for the account with j. e & J.P. Weatherby belonging to Lord Penrhyn.  Account seems to be used for horse racing matters.  1887-1888  Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal/horse racing 
60.11 Bound pass book for the account with j. e & J.P. Weatherby belonging to Lord Penrhyn.  Account seems to be used for horse racing matters.  Includes letter acknowledging cheque for £1500 20 July 1893.  1890-1893  Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal/horse racing 
60.12 Bound pass book for the account with Weatherby & Sons Co belonging to Lord Penrhyn.  Account seems to be used for horse racing matters.  Includes letter acknowledging receipt of cheque for £1759 14/- and enclosing a cheque for £135 19 11, the balance of the cheque after deducting the amount due to the bank for 1896  1896  Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal/horse racing 
60.13 Bound pass book for the account with Weatherby & Sons Co belonging to Lord Penrhyn.  Account seems to be used for horse racing matters. 1900-October 1901 Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal/horse racing 
60.14 Bound pass book for the account with Weatherby & Sons Co belonging to Lord Penrhyn.  Account seems to be used for horse racing matters.  Includes note from E. C.Clayton regarding overdraft.  1899  Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal/horse racing 
60.15 Bound pass book for the account with Weatherby & Sons Co belonging to Lord Penrhyn.  Account seems to be used for horse racing matters.  Includes note from E. C.Clayton regarding overdraft.  1898  Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal/horse racing 
60.16 Bound pass book for the account with Weatherby & Sons Co belonging to Lord Penrhyn.  Account seems to be used for horse racing matters.  Includes letter from Weatherby & Sons acknowledging receipt of £1170 (21 March 1898)  1897-1898 Accounts/cashbooks/lord penrhyns personal/horse racing 
60.17 Two sketch books filled with pencil drawings.  N.D.  Misc/sketch books 
60.18 Correspondence relating to a missing pistol and a statement suggesting a Bethesda policeman may have it.  1868  Correspondence/esatate/county matters/missing pistol 
60.19 Correspondence relating to a request from a father that his son’s grave at talybont not be moved.  1857  Correspondence/estate/county matters/grave moving 
60.20 Copy of the case & Opinions of Mr Dart on the Settled Estates devised by the will of the late George Hay Dawkins pennant Esq  1874  Legal/Opinion of counsel/George hay Dawkins estate 
60.21 Statements of William James Foster, Head Keeper at Glan Conway, Peter Lloyd, Beater and Robert Wood, Beater in relation to the shooting of David Wood, beater in the foot. N.D. Legal/Estate/Statement on the shooting of a beeter on the Glan Conway estate.
60.22 List of silver and Electroplate at Penrhyn Castle, including list of silver bequeathed to the dowager Lady Penrhyn 1886 Misc/estate/household/list of goods
60.23 Bundle of correspondence relating to the financial affairs of Lady Caroline Lane-Fox (nee Douglas) sister of Edward Gordon Douglas-Pennant.  1872  Correspondence/family/financial affairs 
60.24 Translation of an article published in Y Genedle Gymreig ‘Lord Penrhyn and the Quarrymen’  23 March 1897  Printed Material/translations 
60.25 Statement re quarry affairs prepared for House of Commons debate  June 1897  Political/Strike/Quarry 
60.26 Pages from The Liverpool Echo 14 November 1899 Printed Material/newspapers,Liverpool echo
60.27 Draft letter to the home office on issues relating to the top of the quarry.  4 August 1896  4 August 1896  Correspondence/home office/quarry 
60.28 Envelope containing two translations provided by the North Wales Property Defence Association and a note about the specialist translator used for quarry matters. 17 Feb 1893 Translations ar of Y Werin 18 Feb 1893 Page 3 Col 3 “Inspection of the North Wales Quarries” and @The Welsh Herald” 31 Jan 1893 Page 6 Col 2 “The Quarrymen’s Health & longevity Correspondence/quarries/translations
60.29 Envelope marked ‘Quarry Club 1890’ containing documents relating the the Quarry benefit Club as well as a printed article  from Y Werin (1 Jan 1887) detailing the new terms of the North Wales Quarrymen’s Union along with a translation of the article into English and translations of plaquards publicising North Wales Quarrymen’s Union meetings (1887).  1887-1895  Correspondence/quarries/translations/quarry club/nwqu/printed materials 
60.30 Letter from James Wyatt to Mr Brindley (London Slate merchant) regarding the price of slate.  Letter warns that the quarry are unhappy that a London merchant (assumed to be Brindley) is selling slate at a ‘ruinous’ price.  30 May 1834  Correspondence/quarries/ 
60.31 List of subscribers to the Gwalia newspaper and printing Company Pre 1885 Lord Penrhyn is listed as the highest subscriber, at £500 with the Hon G. S. Douglas Pennant subscribing £250. Misc/Subscribers
60.32  Envelope containing correspondence relating to Home Office instructions as to the use of fencing/ladders to make the top of the Penrhyn Quarry safer. Contains correspondence from E.A. Young to Mr Digby at the Home Office and hand written notes by Lord Penrhyn objecting to any interference from the magistrates.  August 1896  Correspomdemce/Quarry/Health & Safety/Home Office 
60.33 Correspondence between Col E.G. D. pennant and the office of Woods etc, Whitehall relating to the purchase of some lands surroundingthe Bryn Hafod y Wern Quarry. April 1862 Correspondence/estate/Quarry/Whitehall
60.34 Copy of a letter in French from Lord Penrhyn to M. Schffer in the service of the Queen of Romania.  20 October 1891  Correspondence/Queen of Romainia 
60.35 Letter from the 1stLord Penrhyn to Jem(?) Howard regarding Major Johnson, former agent at the Oakley Quarry.  Letter reveals much about the character of Edward Gordon Douglas Pennant, particularly in relation to his humorous mention of John Platt of Llanfairfechan (or Marquis de Platt as he calls him).  Letter also discussed his wish to purchase lands in Llanllechid.  25 Jan 1872  Correspondence/Quarry,estate, Edward Gordon character. 
60.36 Printed pamphlet of ‘Lying Law and Knaves of Clubs’ by W G Dawkins, late of the Coldstream Guards 1881 with Diatribe of Col Dawkins hand written on it. 1881 Printed materials/
60.37 Envelope of correspondence in relation to a request by Lord Penrhyn for additional Police in the Caernarvonshire region for the upcoming election.  October/November 1868  Correspondence/elections/police 
60.38 Envelope containing Correspondence between Lord Penrhyn and D W Thomas of the Mission Chapel, St Anns, Llandygai regarding church expenses and the wages of curates and the contribution Lord Penrhyn made towards them. September 1876 Correspondecne/Chruch/St Anns
60.39 Envelope containing correspondence between Lord Penrhyn and W. Bulkley Hughes of Plas Coch, Anglesey relating to negative comments made by Bulckley Hughes in relation to Lady Penrhyn’s role in the election campaign, which were reported in the Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald..  24 -26 October 1868  Correspondecne/estate/church/st anns 
60.40 Translation (?) of an article from Y Genedl Gymreig written on the back of a section from the list of voters from Llandygai parish.  4 April 1888  Article in question was published on page 8 of the newspaper.  Printed materials/newspapers/translations 
60.41 Letter from the Rev Morris Hughes (formerly of St Ann’s, Llandygai to Mr Thomas of St Ann’s regarding the financing of St Ann’s.  23 September 1870  Correspondecne/estate/church/st anns 
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2 responses to “Back to the grindstone

  1. I seem to remember reading something about the Queen of Romania being shown around Penrhyn Quarry and having a go at splitting slates. So taken with it was she that she asked to take away some of the tools with her.

  2. Ha, that’s a great story! They really got her working while she was here then. Planting trees in Penrhyn, splitting slates in the quarry, they knew how to get their money’s worth!

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