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"LLANDYGWYDD (LLAN-DYGWYDD), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (N. W.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, containing 1131 inhabitants. This parish is pleasantly situated in the south-western part of the county, on the banks of the river Teivy, and is intersected by the turnpike roads from Cardigan to Newcastle-Emlyn, only four miles distant from the former, though the latter is the post town....."  [From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


Monumental inscriptions for Llandygwydd District (index only) are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS [Sant Tygwydd, Bethesda, Capel Cenarth, Capel Tygwydd] and are covered by the Research Service of Cardiganshire FHS.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llandygwydd area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

Capel Tygwydd (Mission chapel) - photograph on Dyfed FHS

St Tygwydd church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

Some church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G   Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,   Cardiff, 1976. The names are those of the informants

  • Llandygwydd Parish Church                   David Joshua Evans, MA, Perpetual Curate
  • see Chapels database

Parish entry from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Tygwydd
  • &
  • Mission Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; J J Lewis (O Davies)
  • Rural Deanery of Sub Aeron
  • Acreage  5,643 ; Population 615

Phillips, Richard.  Crefydd a chymdeithaseg y pedwar Evan   (NLW's site)   Ceredigion Vol VII

Rees, Gwynfor    The new and very satisfactory church at Llandygwydd   (NLW's site)   Ceredigion XIV

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1677-1740, 1745-1958.  Marriages 1677-1740, 1745-1988 [Banns 1839-1844, 1868, 1872-1994] and Capel Tygwydd 1886-1970.   Burials 1677-1740, 1745-1909  NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
Copy typescripts PR CMB 1677-1802 NLW and also typescript index PR C 1813-1958. M 1837-1970 and Capel Tygwydd 1886-1970 NLW/Cer.RO
Bishops Transcripts;
1674-6, 1678-85, 1687, 1699-1702, 1704-5, 1711, 1799-1865, 1867, 1874-5 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1875

Indexes to Parish Register Marriages 1813-1837,  and Burials 1813-1837 are covered by the Research Service of Cardiganshire Family History Society

For Parochial Records , see under Public Records

Nonconformist Chapels; see Chapels database

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llandygwydd which are provided by:

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., by Jones, I.G. & Williams, D.   UWP,   Cardiff, 1976.  These statistics for this parish or chapelry are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

  • Area 5595 acres; Population 480 males, 583 females, total 1063

Places, villages, farms etc within Llandygwydd   as shown on the online parish map from the CD of  Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Gareth Hicks)

  • Llandygwydd (97); Aber-Gwrog; Afon Teifi; Allt-y-bwla; Allt-y-cadno; Bailey; Blaen-eifed; Blaen-pant; Bryn-gobaith; Cryngu-mawr; Ffynnon-cripil; Fron-las; Gaer; Hafod; Lan; Llandygwydd (village); Llwynduris; Noyadd-trefawr; Parc-gweydd; Parc-twad; Parc-y-gors; Pen-allt-y-bie; Pen-fai; Pen-lan-fach;  Pentregwine; Pen-wen-fach; Pen-wern-fawr; Pen-y-graig; Pen-y-lan;  Pen-y-wenallt; Pont Hirwaun; Rhipynllwyd; Rhos-wen; Rhyd; Scotland Hill Fm.; South Wood; Stradmore; Troed-y-rhiw-Sion; Ty-poeth;

Description of the parish of Llandygwydd  from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895


Baker-Jones, D.L. Princelings, Privilege and Power: the Tivyside Gentry in their Community. Llandysul, 1999.This has many references to the parish, its main houses and their families [including a pedigree of the Brigstockes of Blaenpant] and an extensive bibliography.

Baylis, M J.   A portrait of Thomas Makeig of Pen-lan Fawr 1721-1766  (NLW's site - in 2 parts) Ceredigion Vol 5

Baylis, M J.   The Makeigs in Cardigan : at Penlan Mansion and Little Scotland    (NLW's site)   Ceredigion Vol VII

Baylis, M J.    The Makeigs in Cardigan : the Parkypratt family  (NLW's site)   Ceredigion Vol VII

Baylis, M J.  The Makeigs of Cardigan - Parkypratt and Sydney, New South Wales  (NLW's site)   Ceredigion Vol IX

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llandygwydd has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Meyrick, Sir Samuel Rush.(1783-1848) The History and Antiquities of the county of Cardigan. Collected from the few remaining documents which have escaped the ravages of time, as well as from actual observation. Longman: London ,1810. The history and antiquities of the County of Cardigan ... to which are now added a parliamentary history, list of High Sheriffs, some notes on the present county families, &c., &c. repr. Brecon: 1907. This 1907 print  has now been reprinted. The section relating to this parish spans pages 182-186; has sections covering the Church [a prebend in the collegiate church of Brecon held (in 1810)by the Rev Thomas Griffith, AM], Llwyndyris estate, Blaen Pant estate, Penywenallt residence, Pantyrlys estate, Stradmore mansion, Pencwn estate, Noyadd(Drefawr) estate.

Land and Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Llwyndyrys Estate Records 1730-1923   "Deeds and documents relating to the Llwyndyrys estate and other properties in the parish of Llandygwydd, Cardiganshire, 1730-1923, including the Ddôl estate"
  • Noyadd Trefawr estate, records 1395-1914 (predominantly 1530-1860)  "Noyadd Trefawr is in the parish of Llandygwydd, Cardiganshire. The first known occupant of Noyadd Trefawr was Rhys Dafydd Llwyd......."

Held at the NLW ;

  • Llwyndyrys. Deeds and documents relating to the Llwyndyrys estate and other properties in the parish of Llandygwydd, Cardiganshire, 1730-1923.
  • Records from the office of W. Evans  George & Sons, solicitors, Newcastle Emlyn; mainly relating to the Brigstocke family of Kidwelly and Llechdynny, Carmarthenshire , and Blaenpant, Cardiganshire, 1496-1910.
  • Noyadd Trefawr. Estate and family records  of Parry, later Webley-Parry, later Webley-Parry-Pryse, of Noyadd Trefawr, Cardiganshire, and Lewes of Abernantbychan, Cardiganshire, and Gellidywyll, Carmarthenshire, C14-C20, mainly 1530-1860. Include papers of Thomas Lewes [1742-95] as secretary to diplomats.

Suggett, Richard    Ty John Morgan and its roof: the Medieval King-Post in Cardiganshire   (NLW's site)   Ceredigion XI


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN243437 (Lat/Lon: 52.063702, -4.564591), Llandygwydd which are provided by:

Public Records

There are more than ninety scheduled parochial records for Llandygwydd. The following extract relates only to the period up to the mid C19, but others exist to 1974. All are at the NLW under Church in Wales Records, St David's.

  • Vestry Books 1762-1820; 1820-56
  • Surveyor's Accounts 1822-66
  • Valuations and Surveys 1821-39
  • Applications for Votes 1832-66
  • Subscriptions to the Poor 1831-2
  • Settlements & Removal Orders 1819-1834
  • Affiliation Orders 1822-9
  • Apprentices; Papers & Records 1822-9
  • Removals, Examinations & Settlements; Appeals of Paupers 1802-60
  • Churchwardens' Accounts 1831-65
  • Paupers 1852-3


Here is an extract from The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847


This page has been partly compiled from material previously published in their journal
by kind permission of Cardiganshire Family History Society

[Gareth Hicks: 14 Dec 2012]