Brewer family papers [c. 1668]-1920

Summary Information

Gwent Archives
Brewer family papers
[c. 1668]-1920
2.0 boxes
General Physical Description note

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Biographical/Historical note

Families using the surname Brewer have lived in and about Newport, Monmouthshire, since at least 1560. The Brewer family were prominent in the life of Newport during the 19th cent., particularly in the field of medicine. Members of the family included Charles Brewer (fl. 1828) of Maes-glas in the parish of St Woollos, esq., William Brewer (1774-1863) of Newport, surgeon, medical officer to the Newport Board of Guardians, and Edgar Brewer (1817-1904) his son, and William Henry Brewer (d. 1883) of Blackwood, surgeon, and Elizabeth (nee Beaumont) his wife (m. c. 1853), the daughter of Joseph Beaumont, agent to the Llanarth Court estate.

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Scope and Contents note

The earliest deeds, [c. 1668]-1750, have no obvious link to the Brewer family, unless Cecilia, the daughter of George Morgan who made his will in 1750, is also Cecilia (1745-1816), wife of John Brewer ([c. 1743]-1813) of Newport, surgeon. The remaining deeds, 1828-1883, are mainly marriage settlements, and appointments of new trustees to the settlements. Most of the remaining papers are the personal papers of individual members of the family, mainly certificates relating to the medical educations of members of the Brewer family, 1864-1872. There are also portraits and a photograph album, [19th century]-[20th century].

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Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically by record type and by individuals

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Gwent Archives

Conditions Governing Access note

Usual conditions apply

Conditions Governing Use note

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Accruals note

Accruals are not expected

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Deposit. It is Gwent Record Office's policy to withold information about donors or depositors in view of possible misuse.

Appraisal note

All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Further papers relating to a Brewer family are held in National Library of Wales, Brewer Family Papers.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)


  • Deeds--Wales--Monmouthshire; Brewer family--Archives; Photograph albums--Wales--Monmouthshire;

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Other Finding Aids note

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office, National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

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Collection Inventory

Title Deeds 

 D3594/1 FINAL CONCORD 1. Carolus Morgan of Newport (quer.). 2. Amy Willelmus, Rachael Carolus Morgan of Bringwyn and Annia Barbara Elizabeth and John and Amy (deforc., their heirs). Messuage and lands in p. Lanvrechva and in town of Newport. Consideration: £100. Latin R. H. Indenture. [17th century] 

 D3594/2 FINAL CONCORD 1. John Keen and Nathan (quer.). 2. Anna Gwillim Cathmay and Sampson and Anne Wills and Grace John Arney and Thomas, their heirs. (deforc.). Messuage and lands in Chepstow, Nash and Christchurch. Consideration: £60. Latin L. H. Indenture. [c.1668] 

 D3594/3 COPY COURT ROLL Manor of Malpas and Mendelgife, Court Baron of Phillip, Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, before Edward Lewis, lieutenant, of William Morgan esquire, chief steward, there being a SURRENDER of John David of 1 granary, 1 curtilage and 4 parcels of customary land containing 30 acres in p. Malpas (boundaries given) to the USE of Edward Morgan and Margaret his wife who are admitted tenants (copy made 20 Oct 1691). Latin. 8 Jul 1671 

 D3594/4 COPY COURT ROLL Manor of Malpas and Mendelgife, Court Baron of Phillip, Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, before Phillip Morgan, esquire, there being a SURRENDER of Walter Jones of Malpas of customary land called Y Wayne Ysha and Cae yr Coed containing 4½ acres in p. Malpas (boundaries given) to the use of George Morgan and Lydia his wife. Latin. Rent: 2d. 29 Aug 1683 

 D3594/5 WILL George Morgan of Newport, Co. Mon., currier, bequeaths m. and lands in the manor of Liswerry, Co. Mon. in trust to Mr. Henry Watkins of Newport for his wife Cecilia Morgan, and m. and lands in p. Nash, manor of Goldcliff, Co. Mon. (acreage given), and m. and lands in p. Malpas in manor of Mendelgief Co. Mon. and lands in p. and manor of Goldcliff, to Charles Griffiths of Laneravon Co. Mon., gentleman, and Edward Turbill of the Watrall Co. Glam., gentleman, in trust for his daughter Cecilia. Proved 15 Jun. 1750 at Llandaff. 21 Apr 1750 

 D3594/6 APPOINTMENT of new trustee following marriage settlement. 1. James Corn of Birmingham, Co. Warwick. 2. Charles Brewer of Maesglas in p. St. Woolos, Co. Mon., esquire. Annuity of £100. Recitals: Mortgage by Demise 14 Feb. 1818. 1. Jonathan Farror. 2. Mary Ann Farror his wife. 3. Ann Brewer. 4. Charles Brewer. 5. George Brewer and Marmaduke Brewer. Decease of Mary Ann Farror and Ann Brewer. Bankruptcy of Jonathan Farror 4 Apr. 1826. 16 Dec 1828 

 D3594/7 PRE-NUPTIAL MARRIAGE SETTLEMENT 13 Jan 1835 1. William Williams of Newport, esquire. 2. James Ashwin, esquire, of Bretferton, Worcester, and Rebecca Ashwin, spinster, one of the daughters of James Ashwin. 3. William Brewer of Newport, surgeon, and John Dunn Collins of Duffryn, p. Bassaleg, farmer. £1,000 from James Ashwin in trust for Rebecca Ashwin and issue. On reverse: DISTRIBUTION OF TRUST FUNDS 14 Apr 1846 1. William Williams. 2. Rebecca Ashwin of Bretferton, Worcester, widow, William Gough of Hinton on the Green, Co. Gloucs. gentleman and Kitty his wife (late Helen Ashwin, spinster), Richard Ashwin of Aldington, Co. Worcs., gentleman, Oswald Cheek of Evesham, Co. Worcs., gentleman and Emma his wife (late Emma Ashwin, spinster) and Charles Randell of Chadbury, Co. Worcs., gent., and Caroline his wife (late Caroline Ashwin spinster). 3. William Brewer. Recitals: Death of John Dunn Collins 6 Apr 1843. Death of Rebecca Ashwin 24 Apr 1843. Endorsed: Receipt of £136 5s each by sisters and brothers of Rebecca Williams. 1835-1846 

 D3594/8 POST-NUPTIAL MARRIAGE SETTLEMENT 1. William Henry Brewer of Blackwood, Co. Mon., surgeon. 2. Elizabeth Brewer, his wife, (late Elizabeth Beaumont, spinster). 3. Tom Llywellyn Brewer of Coalbrook Vale Iron Works in p. Aberystruth, Co. Mon., esq., and John Fraser of Newport, Co. Mon., esq. (1) assigns and transfers Life Assurance Policy to (3) in trust for his children when they reach 21. Inventory of household goods given. Recitals: Marriage between (1) and (2) 2 Nov 1852 Pre-Nuptial Marriage Settlement 30 Oct 1852 Life Assurance Policy of (1) 2 Dec 1852 On reverse ASSIGNMENT OF POLICY OF ASSURANCE 26 Feb 1856 1. William Henry Brewer. 2. Elizabeth Brewer. 3. Tom Llewellin Brewer and John Fraser. APPOINTMENT OF NEW TRUSTEE 15 Feb 1884 1. Elizabeth Brewer. 2. Chas. Henry Lonsdale of Newport, Co. Mon., gentleman. Recitals: Death of John Fraser 7 June 1867 Death of Wm. Henry Brewer 16 Nov 1883 Assignment of policy of assurance 26 Feb 1856 15 Apr 1853 

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Family Portraits 

 D3594/9 Mrs. Joseph Beaumont, mother of Mrs. W. H. Brewer 

 D3594/10 Joseph Beaumont, father of Mrs. W. H. Brewer and agent to Llanarth estate 

 D3594/11 Edgar Brewer, son of William Brewer, (1817-1904) 

 D3594/12 Photograph album (no identities given) 

William Brewer (1774-1863) 

 D3594/13 Certificate of the entry of William Brewer into the Company of Surgeons allowing him to practise surgery. 1796 

 D3594/14 Certificate of St. Bartholomew's Hospital that William Brewer has practised for 6 months Apr 1796 

 D3594/15 Certificate of course on midwifery 5 Mar 1825 

 D3594/16 Letter from Newport Board of Guardians to William Brewer on the subject of his retirement as Medical Officer to the Board 20 Mar 1852 

 D3594/17 Coroner's Inquisition p. Christchurch, Co. Mon. Murder of David Goulding of p. Christchurch, Co. Mon., by Chas. Smith of p. Christchurch, labourer. 14 May 1854 

 D3594/18 Coroner's Inquisition p. Aberystruth, Co. Mon. Man unknown. 20 Feb 1856 

Henry Melvill Brewer (1920) 

 D3594/29 Certificate from the Royal College of Surgeons that Henry Melvill Brewer can practise surgery 24 May 1864 

 D3594/30 Certificate from the Society of Apothecaries qualifying Henry Melvill Brewer as an apothecary 5 Oct 1865 

 D3594/31 Certificate of the Royal College of Surgeons qualifying Henry Melvill Brewer in the practice of midwifery 1 Aug 1867 

 D3594/32 Certificate from the Royal College of Physicians entering Henry Melvill Brewer into the practice of medicine, surgery and midwifery 14 Dec 1868 

 D3594/33 Copy of the entry of the name of Henry Melvill Brewer in the medical register 6 May 1872 

 D3594/34 Receipt for £5 from Henry Melvill Brewer for registration at the Council of Medical Education 6 May 1872 

 D3594/35 St. Bartholomew's Hospital ward notes [Mid 19th century] 

Clara Massey Brewer (wife of Henry Melvill Brewer) 

 D3594/36 Certificate of Clara Massey Brewer for the Primrose League 1865 

 D3594/37 Letters and certificate concerning the stock of Clara Massey Brewer in the Newport Gas Company Sep 1920-Oct 1920 

 D3594/38 Newport cuttings recording the death of Clara Massey Brewer [Mid 19th century] 

John Cartwright Brewer, Jehoida Jefferson Brewer, Herbert Reginald Brewer and Charles Thomas William Brewer 

 D3594/39 Newspaper cutting from "Thomson's Weekly" with photographs of the four sons of Dr. Reginald Wormald Brewer and Mrs. Amy S. Brewer 15 Aug 1914 

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Newport Gas Company 

 D3594/40 Typed extract from the "Ancient and the Modern History of Newport" (1847) concerned with the establishment of the Newport Gas Company [1847] 

 D3594/41 List of the Board of Directors of Newport Gas Company, including Jehoida Brewer and Tom Llewelyn Brewer (1843-1903) [1843-1903] 

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 D3594/42 "Contemporary Portraits and Biographies. Men and Women of South Wales and Monmouthshire (Newport Section)." Printed in Cardiff by the Western Mail. 1897 

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