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"LLANBOIDY (LLAN-BEADY), a parish, in the union of NARBERTH, lower division of the hundred of DERLLYS, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 6 1/2 miles (N.W. by W.) from St. Clear's; comprising the Upper and Lower divisions, and containing 1789 inhabitants. This parish, situated on the turn-pike road leading from Narberth to St. Clear's and Newcastle-Emlyn, extends nearly nine miles from north to south, and five in a transverse direction, and contains, in rich meadow and arable land, 10,666 a, 3 r. 7 p. . . among the gentlemen's seats in the neighbourhood, Maes Gwyn, an elegant modern mansion, Glyntâf, and Nant-yr-Eglwys, are the most conspicuous. The parish contains iron-ore, which is found in considerable quantity; and the springs in the various parts of it are strongly impregnated with that mineral. . . A fair is held annually in the village on September 18th. The living is a discharged vicarage. . . In the hamlet of Regwm, in the parish, is a chapel dedicated to St. David. . . [and] there was the residence of the famous prince and legislator, Hywel Dda." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


Davies, Ben Rev. Cofiant Tomos Llanboidy. Gwasg Gomer, 1953.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llanboidy area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

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

  • Llanboidy Parish Church                John Evans, Vicar, St Clears
  • Cefn-y-pant    Ind                    Erected in 1844     John Davies, Minister, Glandwr, St Clears
  • Trinity chapel, Llanboidy village     Independents or Congregationalists     Erected before 1800     Joshua Lewis, Minister, Llanboidy
  • Soar   Ind         Day school annexed           Erected in 1836                John Thomas, Forest

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

  • St Brynach
  • Incumbent and Curates; J T Rees
  • Rural Deanery of  St Clears
  • Acreage 10,691 ; Population 901

Evans, Eddie.   Llanboidy: Hanes Plwyf, Pentref a Chapel; Cultural Services Section, Carmarthenshire CC., Dec 2001.This Welsh language book mainly describes the history of Trinity Chapel at Llanboidy, which celebrated its bi-centenary in 2000. Outlines the history of the village and parish, especially after the chapel was founded in 1800.

Griffiths, G. Milwyn. A Visitation of the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen, 1710   National Library of Wales journal. 1974, Summer Vol XVIII/3. Includes the parish of Llan Boydy

William Gordon Owen, William Denley Owen. Canmlwyddiant Cefnypant, 1878-1978: crynodeb o hanes eglwys Annibynnol Cefnypant ar achlysur dathlu canmlwyddiant y capel, (Aberteifi, 1979), [34]p.

Church Records

Dyfed FHS have photographs and data relating to various churches and chapels on their site

Diocesan records suggest that c1790 the PR began in 1694

Parish registers: Christenings (1748/9-1992)   Marriages (1748-1970)  Burials (1748-1991) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Copy ts PR index C (1813-75) at NLW

An index of Parish register Baptisms 1813-1875 has been produced by Dyfed FHS  

Marriage index for this parish - see Dyfed Marriages, 1813-1837, Vol. 14 - Derllys Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1672, 1679, 1681-4, 1687, 1690-1, 1694-9, ?1703, 1707-8, 1711, 1714-20, 1722, 1724-56, 1758-74, 1776-8, 1780-91, 1794-5, 1798, 1802, 1804, 1806-9, 1811-13, 1815, 1817-41, 1843-4, 1849, 1852, 1776-8, 1780-91, 1794-5, 1798, 1802, 1804, 1806-9, 1864-6) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Cefn-y-pant (Independent, 1842), Cefn-y-pant      Records with those of Glandwr and Henlan (Henllan Amgoed)       On Dyfed FHS               Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
  • Soar (Independent, 1810), Iet-goch, near Whitland (chapelry of Eglwys Fair glyn-taf)        Records with those of Henlan (Henllan Amgoed) and Bethlehem (St. Clears)       SN21341734     Built 1836   Enlarged 1896.    Not open 1998   Coflein 
    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Gareth Hicks (Nov 2008)
  • Tabernacl chapel (Independent, 1873),Whitland (chapelry of Eglwys Fair glyn-taf)     Records with those of Henlan (Henllan Amgoed) and Bethlehem (St. Clears)       SN20411662     Built in 1873/4    Coflein                 On Dyfed FHS (under Whitland)          Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
  • Trinity (Independent, 1800), Llanboidy village       Records with those of Henlan (Henllan Amgoed)                SN21642317     Built c1800; rebuilt/modified 1848, 1869, 1889 & 1903 .Coflein        On Dyfed FHS            Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Gareth Hicks (Nov 2008)

Description and Travel

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

  • Area 10666 acres; Population 835 males, 960 females, total 1795

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanboidy  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 Lynne Kleingertner)

  • Llanboidy (47);  Abbey Whitland, Afon Fenni, Afon Gronw, Afon Tigan, Banc-y-yarn, Blaen - cwmmau, Bron-yscawen, Caer, Cefn-y-pant, Cil-gynydd, Cil-hernin, Cil-Owen, Clyn-pebyll, Clyn-gwynne, Crosshands, Dyffryn-brodin, Dyffryn Marlais, Dyffryn-pwdryn, Dyffryn-tawel, East Regwm, Ffos-ddu fach, Ford, Forest, Fro-wen, Glyn-Taf, Goetre-fawr, GWR Whitland, Inn, Lan, Llanboidy, Lleiniau, Llwyn Dewi-isaf, Llwyn-llwyd, Login, Maes gwynne, Maen coch, Moor, Mound, Nant-yr-eglwys, Pant-glas, Pant-y-grug, Pant-y-rhos, Parsonage, Pen-back, Pen-cnwc, Pen-glog, Pen-rhiw, Pen-lan, Pen-sarn, Pen-yr-allt, Pen-y-coed, Regwm, Sarn-goch, Sch, Tre-Bleiddiau, Tre-hir-uchaf, Ty-newydd. Waun yr-hyddod, Wern-oleu-fawr, Wern-y-berni, Whitland Abbey
You can see pictures of Llanboidy which are provided by:


Xavier, Dilys. WILLIAMS of Llanboidy, CMN. Dyfed FHS journal. 1998 . From privateers, to Jamaica, to Carmarthenshire, a tale is told and a connection to the author's ancestors is implied but not yet proven.

Istance, Jean. Llanboidy to Aberdare-1851.  [Jonah Evans 1834+, inc. Aberdare census extracts]. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 6/3 April 1998, p111-114

Historical Geography

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

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Clwb Tynnu Rhaff Llanboidy. Hanes Clwb Tynnu Rhaf Llanboidy: 1969-1994 (History of Llanboidy Tug of War Club) LLanboidy: Clwb Tynnu Rhaff Llanboidy, 1994. [52]p: ill, ports; 21cm.

Lewis, T.E., Jones, J.T. and Lewis, H. Local heritage from Efailwen to Whitland: comprising the history of the parishes of Climaenllwyd, Hellanfallteg, Llanboidy, Llandysilio, Llanddewi Velfrey, Whitland (2 vols), Clunderwen, The Author (1976) [ISBN: 0902126059 (v. 2)] p.

Lloyd, Sir John E., (Ed.). A History of Carmarthenshire (2 vols.), Cardiff, London Carmarthenshire Society (1935, 1939). Extracts from this book can be accessed on some parish pages, see here for this parish

Land and Property

Documents at the National Library of Wales:

  • Records of the Howell and Powell family relating to Maesgwynne estate and other properties in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, 1565-1888.

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

  • Lewis-Philipps, Clyngwynne, Llanboidy Family papers.  1793-1977       "William Philipps, a Carmarthen timber merchant, bought Clyngwynne (Clyn Gwyn) in Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire, in the first half of the 19th century.........."
  • Mann, Rodway and Green, solicitors, collection of Llanboidy papers  1806-1869     "Plan of Can Erw, Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire, 1806; and receipted schedule of deeds of Can Erw, 1869."
  • Maesgwynne Estate Records  1565-1888      "In the early 17th century Maesgwynne in the parish of Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire, was owned by the Howell family......."  
  • Thomas, Marion, deeds      "Deeds and documents, 1740-1856, relating to properties in the parishes of Henllanfallteg, Llanboidy, Llanwinio, and Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, and St. Davids, Pembrokeshire......"

Bosworth, Nicki.  Llanboidy in 1840 (and earlier). Dyfed FHS journal vol 9/2 April 2006.  
The article has the names of a number of Llanboidy properties, plus tenants names, which are contained in the 1840 marriage settlement documents of Walter Rice Howell Powell of Maesgwynne, Llanboidy.


[Gareth Hicks;   20 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN216232 (Lat/Lon: 51.878715, -4.593279), Llanboidy which are provided by: