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"LLANRHYSTID ( LLAN-RHYSTYD), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 9 miles (S. by W.) from Aberystwith, on the road to Cardigan, containing 1525 inhabitants. This place, though at present of little importance, has been distinguished in history from a remote period of antiquity. In 987, its church was demolished  by the Danes, in one of their descents upon South Wales. The castle of Llanrhystid called also Dinerth castle, was, in 1080, at which period it belonged to lestyn ab Gwrgan, Prince of Glamorgan, sacked by Rhys, Prince of South Wales........"
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Church History

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Rhystud's Church

St Rhystud / Restitus - photograph on Dyfed FHS

LLANRHYSTUD, St. Rhystud 1851-1854 - on the Church plans online site

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

Haminiog township          (population 863)

Mefynydd township            (population 653)


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


Jones, Ieuan Gwynedd. The Re-Building of Llanrhystud Church (NLW's site)   Ceredigion : Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Vol VII, No 2, 1973.

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1738-97, 1800-1977. Marriages 1738-1971 [Banns 1823-37]. Burials 1738-97, 1800-1978 NLW/Cer.RO
Copy manuscripts PR  C 1738-59, 1800-1900  M 1738-54, 1801-1950  B 1738-59, 1800-1953 NLW
Copy ts PR M 1739-1837 with index NLW/Cer.RO
Bishops Transcripts;
1676, 1678, 1699, 1703, 1811, 1813-74, 1876-8 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1810-78

Index to Burials from Parish Registers 1813-1837 available for purchase from  Cardiganshire Family History Society Volume 3: Ilar (Lower) Hundred . Parishes covered: Cilcennin, Henfynyw, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys, Llanddeiniol, Llanddewi Aberarth, Llangwyryfon, Llanrhystud, Llansantffraid, Llanychaiarn, Trefilan

Nonconformist Chapels;  see Chapels database


Description and Travel

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;

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanrhystud parish  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)

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895

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

Descriptions of Townships in Llanrhystud parish from Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Llanrhystud - on Wikipedia

Aerial photograph of Craiglas limekilns, near Llanrhystud, 1995 - on the People's Collection Wales site


Davies, Peter . Lloffion Llanrhystud . (NLW's site)   Ceredigion (Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society) Vol XII No 4 (1996), p. 49-58

Edwards, William.            Llanrhystud.         Transactions of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society    Vol 11  1936   Welsh Journals Online


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


Evans, Barbara. The Rev Isaac Williams of Ystrad Teilo and his families. Dyfed FHS journal , Vol 8/2 April 2003. Isaac Williams was Vicar of Llanrhystud from 1764 to his death in 1811.

Hughes, John.  Evans the Milk.   Dyfed FHS journal, vol 7/8 Aug 2002. The story of John Evans born at Ystrad Teilo farm, Llanrhystud in 1813

Thomas, Geoffrey B. Rev. The very first grave and a family mystery. Cardiganshire FHS journal vol 3/8 June 2004. Concerns  Isaac Harris Williams of Llanrhystud and his wife Louise M E Bevan of Llanedy.

Thomas, Geoffrey B. Rev. A Great-Grandfather discovered.  Cardiganshire FHS journal vol 4/1 Feb 2005. Refers to William Thomas.

Williams, D Emrys.  The Reverend Isaac Williams of Ystrad Teilo   (NLW's site)   Ceredigion Vol VII


Lewis W J. A disturbance on Llanrhystud Mountain   (NLW's site)   Ceredigion  Vol IV

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 is on pages 264/7; the church is a vicarage, the last 4 incumbents were 1730 Rev ---Herbert, 1734 Rev Richard Morris, 1747 Rev Jenkin Jenkins, 1764 Rev Isaac Williams. The date on a pew in this church is 1629. Mention of Ystrad Teilau , now used as the parsonage-house. Also Mabws, and Moel Ivor.

Land and Property

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

Held at the NLW:


View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

Names, Personal

Held at the NLW ;


Moore-Colyer, Richard J. Farmers and fields in nineteenth-century Wales : the case of Llanrhystud, Cardiganshire. National Library of Wales Journal 26/1 (Summer 1989), p. 32-57. This article does refer  to specific farming families in this parish


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


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