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People

Our collections are rich with stories about individuals.  Some are famous and well known nationwide and internationally. Others are the people who make our communities work, run the businesses, organisations and social lives.

The easiest way to see if we have information relating to a specific person is to do a simple search – just put the person’s name (surname first works best unless they have an unusual first name) into the search box.  If you get too many results, you can then use the filters on the left-hand side of the search results to narrow the list.

Highlights from our collections

There have been many movers and shakers associated with Monmouthshire.  Below we have listed some highlights of the collections. 

Joseph Richard Cobb
Joseph Richard Cobb
Father Ignatius
Father Ignatius
Lord Horatio Nelson
Lord Horatio Nelson
Eleanor Ormerod
Eleanor Ormerod
Georgiana Ormerod
Georgiana Ormerod
Charles Rolls
Charles Rolls

Augusta Hall, Lady Llanover – a prominent figure in the promotion of Welsh Culture.

Joseph Richard Cobb who bought and restored Caldicot Castle and his son Geoffrey Wheatley Cobb who bought and restored Nelson’s flagship the Foudroyant.

Edward Finch who built Brunel’s pioneering railway bridge over the River Wye at Chepstow and set up a foundry, bridge works and shipyard.

Father Ignatius who established a monastery at Capel y Ffin.

Ian Oswald Liddell – holder of the Victoria Cross.

Admiral Lord Nelson the Monmouth collection is one of foremost large public collections of Nelson material in Britain.

Henry Marten – one of the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I and was imprisoned in Chepstow Castle for the last years of his life.

Eleanor & Georgiana Ormerod – sisters who lived locally and published many informative texts on insect pests at a time when women rarely worked in science. Eleanor was recognised for her contribution to research, Georgiana illustrated her work. 

Orville Owen who searched the River Wye at Chepstow looking for proof that Francis Bacon was the true author of Shakespeare’s works.

Nathaniel Wells, the son of an enslaved African woman and a plantation owner on St Kitts who inherited his father’s estates and wealth.  He bought Piercefield House, near Chepstow.

Able Seaman William Charles Williams VCholder of the Victoria Cross.

Charles RollsThe Rolls family owned the local Hendre estate at Monmouth.  There is a wealth of material about the family and in particular the famous aviator and co-founder of Rolls-Royce.

Local artists including, Agnes Beverly Burton, John Arthur Evans, Donald Floyd, Mary Garland, Otto Maciag and Thomas Tudor.