An Anglesey Bibliography


Books of General Interest for Family Historians

  It is acknowledged that the principal source of the details of books etc included  on these pages
is the online catalogues of the National Library of Wales



  • Williams, R Môn.   Enwogion Môn : (Anglesey worthies), 1850-1912. Bangor : argraffwyd gan y North Wales Chronicle Co. Ltd., 1913. 175p


  • Hinde, Douglas. Cemeteries of Nonconformist chapels in Anglesey. Gwreiddiau Gwynedd/Gwynedd Roots 18 (1990), p. 3-4


  • Gibson, J.S.W. and Medlycott, M.T. Local Census Listings 1522-1930 (2nd ed.), Birmingham, Fed. of Fam. Hist. Soc. (1994) 52 pp. [ISBN 1-872094-75-9].

Church History

  • Bethell, Christopher. A letter to the clergy of the county of Anglesey. London : printed by J.B. Nichols and Son, 1837. 19p
  • Jenkins, Geraint H. 'Horrid,Unintelligible Jargon' : the Case of Dr Thomas Bowles    (NLW's site)   Welsh History Review 15
  • Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The AGY section of these books (in Welsh) has been extracted - some with translations
  • The statistics and collections of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, in the County of Anglesey, for the year ending December 31st, 1905. Menai Bridge : Williams and Harrison, pr. 1906. 8p
  • Welsh Church Commision Anglesey Nonconformist Statistics for 1905. [London : H.M.S.O., 1909]. 451p

Church Records

  • Ifans, Dafydd [ed]. Cofrestri Anghydfurol Cymru/ Nonconformist Registers of Wales. Aberystwyth, 1994. This book includes Ordnance Survey references for listed chapels.
  • Jones, I.G. & Williams, D. The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales. Cardiff, 1976.
  • MacDonald, R W. The Parish Registers of Wales, National Library of Wales journal. 1976, Winter. Volume XIX/4
  • Williams, C.J. and Watts-Williams, J. Cofrestri Plwyf Cymru: Parish Registers of Wales (National Index of Parish Registers, Vol. 13).Aberystwyth: National Library of Wales, Second edition, 2000.

Description and Travel

  • A description of the suspension bridge, erected over the Menai Strait which seperates Anglesey from Carnarvonshire : with calculations of its strength, and weight of materials ; designed by Thomas Telford. Bangor : Printed by P. Paul, 1846.  16p
  • A guide to the beauties of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire : comprehending particular notices of Beaumaris, Carnarvon, Conway, Snowdon, the Menai Suspension Bridge, Bangor, and every interesting place or object deserving the attention of the tourist. Macclesfield : J. Swinnerton, pr, [c.1830]. 69p
  • Beauties of England & Wales; North Wales reproduced on Cd by Archive CD Books. Describes the county, its history & antiquities, and places in great detail. It also contains some exquisite engravings of towns and churches, etc. 
  • Beazley, Elisabeth, North Wales:Caernarvonshire, Anglesey, Denbighshire and Flintshire. Shell Guide . London : Faber & Faber 1971. 151p
  • Hitches, Mike. Ynys Môn : mewn hen luniau. Stroud : Alan Sutton, 1992. 160p
  • Hughes, Margaret. Anglesey sketches. Llanrwst : Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 1999. 89p
  • Hughes, Margaret. Anglesey villages. Llanrwst : Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2003. 136p
  • Hughes, Margaret. Anglesey from the sea : an armchair journey. Llanrwst : Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2001. 119p
  • Jennett, Sean. North Wales : Flint, Denbighshire, Caernarvonshire, Merioneth and Anglesey. London : Darton, Longman and Todd, [1972]. 121p
  • Jones, Gwilym T. Afonydd Môn = The rivers of Anglesey. Bangor : Canolfan Ymchwil Cymru, Coleg Prifysgol Gogledd Cymru, Bangor, 1989. 94p
  • Jones, Gwilym T. Rhydau Môn = The fords of Anglesey. Bangor : Canolfan Ymchwil Cymru, 1992. 100p
  • Peel, J. H. B. North Wales and Anglesey. Letts motor tour guides. London : Charles Letts & Co. Ltd, 1969. 64p
  • Ramage, H. Portraits of an Island. Eighteenth Century Anglesey. Ang. Ant. Soc, 2001
  • Ramsay, A C Sir. How Anglesey became an island. [London? : Geological Society, 1876?]. 116p
  • Roberts, Tom. The isle of Anglesey official county guide . Gloucester : British Publishing Co., [1973] 112p
  • Stafford, Paul. The first Menai bridge project: Politics, Commerce and Communications in Wales, 1782-86  (NLW's site)  Welsh History Review 9
  • Steele, Philip. Môn, mam Cymru : the Anglesey guide. Llansadwrn : MAGMA, 1990. 96p
  • Steele, Philip. Ynys Môn. Stroud : Chalford, 1996. 127p. The archive photographs series
  • The stranger's guide through the most picturesque scenery of Caernarvonshire, and part of Anglesey : including a full and detailed account of the two tubular bridges, the Conway and Britannia, with directions how to proceed, at the least possible expenses and loss of time. Bangor : W. Shone, 1851. 48p
  • Victorian and Edwardian Wales from old photographs. Introduction and commentary by E D Jones. Batsford 1972. Here is a brief introduction and an index of the 154 photographs.

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  • Porter, Frank. Postal directory of Carnarvonshire and Anglesey : containing classified trade and commercial lists, alphabetically arranged. Liverpool : Rockliff Brothers, 1886.
  • Sutton, Alfred. Sutton' s directory of North Wales comprising the counties of Anglesey, Carnarvon, Denbigh, Flint, Merioneth, and Montgomery, and the City of Chester. Manchester : Looney & Pilling, Letterpress and Lithographic Printers, [1890?]
  • Worrall, John. Worrall's directory of North Wales : comprising the counties of Anglesey, Carnarvon, Denbigh, Flint, Merioneth, and Montgomery, with Chester, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, and Aberystwyth. Oldham : John Worrall, 1874.
  • Pigot's Directories 1822-3 of North Wales, South Wales and Monmouthshire
  • Pigot's Directory 1828/29 of North Wales
  • Pigot's Directory 1835 of North Wales
  • Pigot's Directory 1844 of North Wales
  • Slater's Directory 1895 of North & Mid Wales
  • Slaters Directory 1858-1859 of North and South Wales


  • Griffith, John Edwards. Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire families : with their collateral branches in Denbighshire, Meirionethshire and other parts. Wrexham : Bridge Books, [1998]. 3rd ed. 410p


  • Anglesey in the seventeenth century. Reprinted from the Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1881  London : [J. Parker], 1881.
  • Anwyl, Edward, Sir.   The early settlers of Anglesey. 1908. 148p
  • Breese, Edward. Kalendars of Gwynedd : or, Chronological lists of lords-lieutenant, custodes rotulorum, sheriffs, and knights of the shire, for the counties of Anglesey, Caernarvon, and Merioneth, and of the members for the boroughs of Caernarvon and Beaumaris. To which are added lists of the lords presidents of Wales and the constables of the castles of Beaumaris, Caernarvon, Conway, and Harlech. London : J. C. Hotten, 1873. 161p
  • Carr, A D. Medieval Anglesey. Llangefni : Anglesey Antiquarian Society, 1982.
  • Carr, A D.  Owen of Wales: the end of the House of Gwynedd    UWP 1991
  • Cathrall, William. The history of North Wales : comprising a topographical description of the several counties of Anglesey, Caernarvon, Denbigh, Flint, Merioneth, and Montgomery; To which is prefixed, A review of the history of Britain, from the Roman period to the Saxon heptarchy, interspersed with notes biographical and explanatory. Manchester : Printed by J. Gleave and sons, 1828. 2 vols
  • Cowell, J B. Edwardian Anglesey : a pictorial history. [Anglesey] : John Cowell, 1991. 129p
  • Edwards, Nancy. Anglesey in the early Middle Ages : the archaeological evidence. Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society (1986), p. 19-41
  • Griffith, John Edwards. Portfolio of photographs of the cromlechs of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire : Reproduced in collotype. Bangor : Jarvis & Foster, 1900. 46p
  • Hughes, Wendy. Anglesey past and present. Llanrwst : Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 1999. 165p
  • Jones, J Gwynfor. Concepts of continuity and change in Anglesey after the Acts of Union, 1536-1603. Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society (1990), p. 22-57
  • Llwyd, Angharad. A history of the island of Mona, or Anglesey : Being the prize essay to which was adjudged the first premium at the Royal Beaumaris Eisteddfod ... 1832. Ruthin : R. Jones, & Longman, London, 1833
  • Lynch, Frances. Prehistoric Anglesey : the archaeology of the island to the Roman conquest. Llangefni: The Anglesey Antiquarian Society, 1970. 302p
  • Owen, Nicholas. A history of the island of Anglesey. London : J. Dodsley, 1775. 88p
  • Parry, Cyril.     Gwynedd and the Great War 1914-18   (NLW's site)    Welsh History Review 14
  • Ramage, Helen. Portraits of an island : eighteenth century Anglesey. Llangefni : Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club, 1987. 351p
  • Rowlands, Henry. Mona antiqua restaurata : an archaeological discourse on the antiquities, natural and historical, of the Isle of Anglesey, the antient seat of the British druids ...  Macclesfield : Redesmere Press, 1993. 388p. Limited edition. Original work "printed by Aaron Rhames, Dublin for Robert Owen, Bookseller in Skinner Row, 1723"
  • Senior, Michael. Anglesey : the island's story. Llanrwst : Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 1996. Rev'd ed. 75p
  • Sylvester, Dorothy. A history of Gwynedd : (Anglesey, Caernarvonshire, Merioneth). Chichester : Phillimore, 1983. 144p
  • Thomas, John. A history of the island of Anglesey : from its first invasion by the Romans, until finally acceded to the crown of England : together with a distinct description of the towns, harbours, villages, and other remarkable places in it; and of several antiquities relating thereto never before made public : Serving as a supplement to Rowland's Mona antiqua restaurata : To which are also added, Memoirs of Owen Glendowr: ... . London : Printed for J. Dodsley, 1775. 88p
  • Williams, E A. The day before yesterday : Anglesey in the nineteenth century. Beaumaris : G. Wynne Griffith, [1988]. 352p
  • Yates, M J. Anglesey : a guide to ancient monuments on the Isle of Anglesey. Cardiff : Cadw : Welsh Historic Monuments, 2001. 3rd ed. 48p
  • Ynys Môn mewn hen luniau. Stroud : Budding Books, 1999, c1992. 160p

Language and Languages

  • Williams, William. A vocabulary of familiar dialogues in English and Welsh : containing such questions as may be requisite to English travellers ; to which is added, a sketch of the counties of Anglesey and Carnarvon in both languages. Carnarvon : L.E. Jones, 1829. 60p


Merchant Marine

  • Eames, Aled.  Ships and Seamen of Anglesey, 1558-1918: Studies in Maritime and Local History   1973
  • Eames, Aled. Ventures in Sail: Aspects of the Maritime History of Gwynedd, 1840-1914, and the Liverpool connection    1987
  • Bennett, Tom. Shipwrecks around Anglesey. Newport, Dyfed : Happy Fish, 1995. 32p
  • Campbell-Jones, Susan. Welsh Sail. Gomer 1976. Here is an index by Mary Jane Stephenson
  • Eames, Aled. Ships and seamen of Anglesey, 1558-1918 : studies in maritime and local history. Llangefni : Anglesey Antiquarian Society, 1973. 674p
  • Heaton , P.M. Welsh Shipping - Forgotten Fleets, 1989. Biographical details restricted mainly to owners & managers, and details of ships owned. Here is an index by David Webb
  • Morris, Jeff. The closed lifeboat stations of Anglesey. 1986. 38p
  • Owen, Alun. The whalers of Anglesey. Gwynedd : Gwynned Archives Service, c1983. 86p
  • Skidmore, Ian. Anglesey & Lleyn shipwrecks. Swansea : Christopher Davies, 1992. 168p
  • Smylie, Mike. Anglesey and its coastal tradition. Llanrwst : Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2000. 142p

Military History

  • Hepper, A J. Standing orders of the Royal Anglesey Engineer Militia : compiled under the direction of Lieut.-Colonel T. L. Hampton-Lewis. London : Printed by the Army & Navy Co-operative Society, 1879. 30p
  • Owen, Bryn. The history of the Welsh Militia and Volunteer Corps 1757-1908. 1, ; Anglesey & Caernarfonshire. Caernarfon : Palace Books, 1989. 245p
  • Retallack, John . The Welsh Guards Foreword by H R H The Prince if Wales.Published (1981) by Frederick Warne (Publishers) Ltd. London. Here is an index by Allen Powell
  • Roll of casualties reported to the Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Territorial Force Associations, up to 31st October, 1915. Carnarvon : Printed by W. Gwenlyn Evans and Son, [1915?]. 16p
  • Rules and bye-laws of the 1st Anglesey Artillery Volunteer Corps, sanctioned by Her Majesty's Secretary of State for War. Holyhead : Hugh Jones, Printer, 1861. 9p

Names, Geographical

  • Jones, Bedwyr Lewis. Place-names : signposts to the past in Anglesey. Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society (1991), p. 23-37
  • Jones, Gwilym T. Enwau lleoedd Môn = The place-names of Anglesey. [Llangefni] : Bangor : Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn ; Canolfan Ymchwil Cymru, 1996. 182p - published under the auspices of the Isle of Anglesey County Council. Five chapters translated by: Delyth Prys.

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  • Adroddiad blynyddol = Annual report / The Anglesey Agricultural Society. Cymdeithas Amaethyddol Môn, [1886?]
  • Anglesey industries : at a conference, under the presidency of the Lady Magdalen Williams-Buckeley, of the district secretaries held at Baron Hill, August 17th, 1908, the following papers were read .. Menai Bridge : Evan Thomas, 1908. 15p
  • Boston, Cecilia Irby. Anglesey industries : their history and the best means of developing them. Privately Printed], 1913. 50p
  • Christensen, Mike. Single line working on the Anglesey Central Railway. British Railway Journal 38 (1991), p. 367-79
  • Colyer, Richard. The Welsh Cattle Drovers (1976). Here is a contents listing/introduction and  an index by Catherine Davies-Shiel. Re-issued in 2002 by Landmark Publishing Co, with  revisions, now p192.
    Colyer, Richard. Welsh Cattle Drovers in the Nineteenth Century - 1/2/3   National Library of Wales journal. 1972, Winter Volume XVII/4 & 1974 Volume XVIII/3 & 1975 Volume XIX/1
    Colyer, R. J. Moore. Further References to the Welsh Cattle Trade. National Library of Wales journal. Volume XXV/3 Summer, 1988. Extract of this article by Bill Griffith-Jones 2002
  • Davies, Walter ( Gwallter Mechain). General view of the agriculture and domestic economy of North Wales : containing the counties of Anglesey, Caernarvon, Denbigh, Flint, Meirionydd, Montgomery. Drawn up and published by order of the Board of Agriculture and Internal Improvement. London : Printed for Richard Phillips; sold by Poole & Broster, Chester; Painter, Wrexham; Eddowes & Wood, Shrewsbury; and by all other booksellers; by B. McMillan, 1810. 510p
  • Foster, Richard D. The train services on the Anglesey Central line. British Railway Journal 50 (1994), p. 25-37
  • Foster-Smith, J R. The Mines of Anglesey and Caernarvonshire. 1977
  • Gruffydd, Alun. Anglesey - tracing the agricultural origins. Folk Life. Vol. 39 (2000-2001), p. 66-74
  • Guise, Barry. Windmills of Anglesey. Builth Wells : Attic Bks., 1992. 158p
  • Hughes, E Wynn. Anglesey brickworks : a vanished island industry. Country Quest 28/1 (1987), p. 34-5
  • Monwas. Remarks on the cattle stock of Anglesey : a letter addressed to Sir Richard Bulkeley Willimas Bulkeley, Bart. M.P. Bangor : Printed by John Brown, 1835.
  • Pretty, David A. Undeb Gweithwyr Môn = Anglesey Workers' Union. Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society (1988)
  • Williams, Sydna Ann. Women's employment in nineteenth-century Anglesey. Llafur 6/2 (1993), p. 32-49
  • Williams, Sydna Ann. A study of women's work in nineteenth-century Anglesey. Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society (1993), p. 83-108

Politics and Government

  • A register of persons entitled to vote in the election of a knight of the shire for the County of Anglesey, from the lists of the several parishes .. Beaumaris : Printed by Enoch Jones. Decsription based on 1836 issue
  • Instructions framed for the guidance of the Anglesey Constabulary. Bangor : Printed by A. R. Martin, 1857. 14p
  • Edwards, Philip S.   Cynrychiolaeth a chynnen : Agweddau ar Hanes Seneddol  a Chymdeithasol Sir Fon yng nghanol yr unfed ganrif ar bymtheg   (NLW's site)  Welsh History Review 10
  • Jones, J Graham. Lady Megan's first parliamentary contest : the Anglesey election of 1929. Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society (1992), p. 107-22
  • Jones, J Graham. Lady Megan Lloyd George and Anglesey politics, 1945-51. Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society (1994), p. 81-113
  • List of the persons entitled to be registered as parliamentary electors for the County of Anglesey, in respect of the inhabitant occupation of a dwelling-house, or of the occupation of any land or tenement of a clear yearly value of ten pounds .. 189?. 3 leaves
  • Owen, Hugh. The history of the Anglesey constabulary. Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club, [1952?]. 114p
  • Parry, Cyril.  The Independent Labour Party and Gwynedd Politics, 1900-20    (NLW's site)   Welsh History Review 4
  • Parry, Cyril.   Gwynedd Politics, 1900-1920: the Rise of a Labour Party   (NLW's site)   Welsh History Review 6
  • Pretty, David A.  Richard Davies and nonconformist radicalism in Anglesey, 1837-1868: a study of sectarian and middle class politics   (NLW's site)   Welsh History Review 9
  • Rules for regulating the practice of the Quarter Sessions of the Peace. Anglesey County Council, Llanerchymedd : Printed by Elizabeth Jones, [1911?]. 16p
  • Rules and regulations for the government of the County Prison of Anglesey : under 28 & 29 Vict., cap 126. Bangor : J. K. Douglas, 1869. 48p
  • Thomas, Peter D G. The rise of Plas Newydd : Sir Nicholas Bayly and county elections in Anglesey, 1734-1784.  (NLW's site)  Welsh History Review 16 (1992), p. 160-76
  • Thomas, Peter D G. Sir Hugh Williams and Lady Bulkeley : love and politics in mid-eighteenth-century Anglesey. Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society (1992), p. 51-62

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Report of the proceedings of the fifteenth annual Poor Law Conference for the North Wales District, comprising Flint, Denbigh, Carnarvon, Anglesey, Montgomery, and Merioneth, held at Wrexham ... 20th and 21st September 1899. London : P.S. King and Son, 1899.
  • Williams, Sydna Ann. Care in the community : women and the Old Poor Law in early nineteenth-century Anglesey. Llafur 6/4 (1995), p. 30-43

Religion and Religious Life

  • Evans, G Nesta. Religion and politics in mid-eighteenth century Anglesey. Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 1953. 251p
  • Report of the Anglesey Auxiliary Bible Society ... with a list of contributors. Llanerchymedd [etc.] : Printed at the office of Enoch Jones [etc.] 1814-1914 ?


  • Anglesey Education Committee handbook. 1909. Leeds : E. J. Arnold, 1909. 85p
  • Education in Wales : memorial to the Committee of Council on Education in refernce to their proposed exclusion of British schools at Llangefni and Menai Bridge, Anglesey from participation in the Parliamentary Grant. London : Blackburn & Burt, 1851. 28p
  • Pretty, David A.  Two centuries of Anglesey schools: Studies in Anglesey history, vol 5     1977
  • The Anglesey Intermediate and Technical Education Scheme 1894. Beaumaris : E. Thomas, Printer, [1894?]. 55p

Social Life and Customs

  • Abercrombie, Patrick Sir. Mona nova, the future development of Anglesey : with special reference to housing after the war. 1918 ?. 23p
  • An Anglesey anthology. Llanrwst : Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 1999. 171p
  • Anson, Brian. The anglicisation of Anglesey. Radical Wales 14 1987, p. 16-17
  • [Circular] to the members of the Anglesey local children's care committees. Anglesey central Children's care Committee 1915?] 3p
  • Ellis, Susan C. Observations of Anglesey life through the Quarter Sessions Rolls,1860-1869. Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society (1986), p. 117-46
  • Evans, G Nesta. Social Life in Mid-Eighteenth Century Anglesey. UWP, 1936
  • Griffith, J Lloyd (clerk of the peace for Anglesey).  A return showing the population, crime, pauperism, and number of Public Houses in each parish in Anglesey, and Borough of Beaumaris, during 1882. 1882?]
  • Hughes, Margaret. Anglesey 1900 : a picture of life at the turn of the 19th century as reflected through the pages of a local newspaper. Llanrwst : Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2002. 157p
  • Jones, G Penrhyn. Cholera in Wales. National Library of Wales journal Vol X/3 Summer 1958.
  • Jones, O V. The progress of medicine: a history of the Caernarfon and Anglesey Infirmary, 1809-1948.  1984. 313pp
  • Peate, Iorwerth C. The Welsh House A Study in Folk Culture  First published in 1940, reprinted by Llanerch Publishers, Felinfach in 2000. ISBN 1 86143 112 0. Here is a review and  listing of Contents, Illustrations, Figures and houses/sites mentioned, from the 1940 edition.
  • Powell, Nia M W. Robert ap Huw : a wanton minstrel of Anglesey. Welsh Music History 3 (1999), p. 5-29
  • Pritchard, William. Anglesey folklore. Llangefni, W.O. Jones [1914]. From the Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club, 1914. 70p
  • Rules of the Carnavonshire and Anglesey Infirmary and Dispensary at Bangor : revised corrected and settled at a special meeting of governors held 20th January, 1893. Bangor : J. R. Brown, 1893. 25p
  • Scourfield , Elfyn . Welsh Rural Life in Photographs. Barry, 1979. Here is an index by Jill Smith
  • The Anglesey Literary and Scientific Institution, Llangefni, established 1844 : [rules of the institution]. Carnarvon : Printed by James Rees, 1845. 16p