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The South Wales Record Society

The South Wales Record Society was established in 1982 and exists to publish a regular series of texts and other works relating to the history of South Wales, and in particular to the historic counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire.

Such publications allow original source materials that would otherwise only be accessible in archives and libraries to be examined by a wider readership. Each text is provided with a scholarly introduction, notes, bibliography, and other glossaries and appendices which enable the original source to be placed in its historical context.

For a subscription of 20 payable annually in April, members of the Society, either individuals or institutions, are entitled to a complimentary copy of the current year's publication and to be kept informed of new publications and of the Society's meetings.

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Recent publications

28. Cas Gan Gythraul: demonology, witchcraft and popular magic in eighteenth century Wales. By T.P., edited by Lisa Tallis.

This unique, relatively short, text offers the fullest treatment of witchcraft in Wales in the vernacular, during the early eighteenth century.

The author shares his own experiences and beliefs and those of his neighbours and acquaintances, by relating his conversations to the reader, giving his work a rich and authentic feel.

Our first bilingual publication, the book was launched at Swansea Museum on 24 October 2015. The editor is pictured here with her family at the event.


27. The Diaries of Margaret Penderel Jones of Garth, 1871 to 1897. Edited by Peter Jackson.

Margaret Jones of Garth House, near Pontardawe, kept a series of diaries over a twenty-year period, recording events of significance in her life as a small landowner in the Upper Swansea Valley.

In this book, the diaries are transcribed in their entirety with an introduction and comprehensive index by the editor. It was launched on 5 July 2014 at the Arts Centre, Pontardawe.

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