Merryell Williams' Book of recipes
This is a 577 page volume, of considerable size, and bound in brown suede. There appears to have been a lock on it at one time. Although Merryell Williams wrote the majority of the recipes in this volume, more were added at a later date by at least two more hands. After Merryell's death in 1703 the manuscript was bequeathed to Lumley Williams, her husband's nephew and heir to the Ystumcolwyn Estate. By 1859 the volume was part of a small collection of cookery manuscripts in the library of Sir Robert Williams Vaughan, of Hengwrt, where it was known as Hengwrt MS 389. After Vaughan's death in that year, the collection was inherited by W.W.E. Wynne, of Peniarth, and subsequently purchased by Sir John Williams for the National Library in 1904.