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Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 ELLITH

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith Papers

Short title: Ellis-Griffith, Ellis Jones, papers

Dates of creation: 1873-1954

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.101 cubic metres (2 boxes, 3 box files, 10 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith (1860-1926)


Administrative and biographical history: Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith (1860-1926) was a barrister and an MP. He was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, but grew up in Brynsiencyn, Anglesey. After attending school in Brynsiencyn and Holt, he went to University College Aberystwyth, and graduated in law from Downing College Cambridge in 1883. In 1887, he was called to the Bar and was recorder of Birkenhead, 1907-1912. He married Mary Owen in 1892. Entering politics, he was elected Liberal MP for Anglesey in 1895. In 1912, he became chairman of the Welsh Parliamentary Party and was parliamentary secretary to the Home Office, 1912-1915. He was narrowly defeated in the 1918 election for the Aneglsey consitituency, but was made a Baronet in the same year. He was elected MP for Carmarthen in 1923, but resigned in 1924. He died in Swansea, 30 November 1926, and was buried in Brynsiencyn. He had two sons and a daughter, Yvonne. Only one son, Ellis Arundel, survived him to take his title.


Scope and content: Addresses, lectures and speeches, notes and other papers, 1900-1922, relating to politics, Welsh nationalism, education, rural housing, disestablishment, army recruiting and Sir Ellis's defeat as Liberal candidate for Anglesey; press cuttings, 1883-1926; biographical material, 1949-1954, including an incomplete typescript of a biography by E. Morgan Humphreys; and political letters from Ellis-Griffith, 1873-1926, and letters to him, 1878-1925.


Language/script: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: papers; letters from Sir Ellis Ellis-Griffith; and letters to Sir Ellis Ellis-Griffith.

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 is available online.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: After his death, E. Morgan Humphreys prepared a biography; correspondence relating to this was added to the archive.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mrs Gwilym Davies, Aberystwyth, 1956.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Letters to the donor, material relating to E. Morgan Humphreys' biography, and a typescript copy of the biography, all post-date Ellis-Griffith's death.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Schedule of Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith Papers; 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: February 2003



Church of England | Establishment and disestablishment | Wales

Education | Wales | Anglesey

Ellis-Griffith, Ellis Jones, | Sir, | 1860-1926 | Archives

Ellis-Griffith, Ellis Jones, | Sir, | 1860-1926 | Correspondence

Great Britain | Politics and government | 20th century

Housing, Rural | Government policy | Wales | Anglesey

Liberalism | Wales

Politicians | Wales | Archives

Politicians | Wales | Biography

Personal names

Ellis-Griffith, Ellis Jones, 1860-1926, Sir

Humphreys, E. Morgan (Edward Morgan), 1882-1955

Corporate names