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Bradney Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 BRADNEY

Held at: NLW

Title: Bradney Papers

Short title: Bradney papers

Dates of creation: 1734-1930 (accumulated [c. 1880x1933])

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 1.663 cubic metres (23 boxes, 205 volumes)

Name of creator(s): J. A. Bradney


Administrative and biographical history: Sir Joseph Alfred Bradney (1859-1933), historian and genealogist of Monmouthshire, graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1881, and became a captain in the Monmouthshire Militia in 1882, eventually rising to the rank of colonel. He remained connected with the militia and the army until after World War 1, and served Monmouthshire as a Justice of the Peace, county councillor, sheriff and Deputy Lieutenant. He was also a member of the Court and Council of the National Library of Wales, of the Court of the National Museum of Wales, and of the Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments in Wales, and was knighted in 1924, having been made a CB in 1911. He was a Latin scholar, and is best known for his work on many aspects of the history of Monmouthshire, to which he devoted much of his later life. He collected and transcribed many original documents in the course of his research. His greatest achievement was a monumental work on the subject, which was published between 1904 and 1932 and remained incomplete on his death in 1933.


Scope and content: Notes made by and for Joseph Bradney in the course of his research into the history of Monmouthshire, including transcripts of parish registers, abstracts of wills, deeds and Chancery proceedings, genealogical notes, pedigrees, monumental inscriptions, prints and drawings by local artists (including Norman Keane, F. J. Hando and S. A. Bennett), heraldic devices, photographs, postcards, maps and plans.


Language/script: English, Latin, Welsh

System of arrangement: The manuscripts are arranged into NLW MSS 7561-7767.

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: The catalogue to NLW MSS 7561-7767 is available online. A hard copy is available in the 'Handlist of NLW MSS'. A hard copy of an earlier catalogue, including the prints, drawings, postcards etc. is available at NLW.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records bequeathed to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Bequeathed by Sir Joseph Alfred Bradney, Monmouth, 1933.


Related units of description: See also NLW Bradney Deeds, NLW MSS 17088A, 5478A, 6257B, 6708B, 7553-7554, 14005E and 22268C.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by David Moore for the ANW Project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); National Library of Wales Journal, 1943-1944.

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

Date(s) of description: January 2003



Bradney, Joseph Alfred, | Sir, | 1859-1933 | Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.

Monmouthshire (Wales) | History | Research

Personal names

Bradney, Joseph Alfred, 1859-1933, Sir

Corporate names