The greater part of archdeacon Payne 's researches relating to the history of the diocese of S. Davids is preserved in the two manuscript volumes of his studies on the diocesan statutes. These he entitled ‘ Collectanea Menevensia ’ (they are now in the N.L.W. among the capitular records of the diocese of S. Davids ). With them should be studied a third manuscript volume by him, this being in the form of a report made to the precentor and chapter on 17 June 1830 . There is evidence among other manuscripts by Payne in N.L.W. that Theophilus Jones 's Hist. of Brecknock owes very much to Payne 's researches; see notes by B. G. Owens , in the article listed below, on the Payne Deposited Manuscripts. Another Payne manuscript ( N.L.W. MS. 4278 ) is entitled ‘ A Parochial Visitation of the Deanery of the Third Part of Brecon … 1785. ’ Other Payne manuscripts in N.L.W. are covered with early British history and antiquities , early Christianity, ‘ familiar phases in the English and Welsh Languages … ,‘ etc.; N.L.W. MSS. 6258 and 6259 consist of copies of Edward Davies Celtic Researches and the same authors’ Mythology … of the British Druids , both with manuscript additions by Payne (see also N.L.W. MS. 6467 ). Cwrtmawr MSS. 101 and 941 came also from the library of Payne .
Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959