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"LLANDILO-ABERCOWAN (LLANDEILO-ABER-CYWYN), a parish, in the higher division of the hundred of DERLLYS, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (S.W. by W.) from Carmarthen; containing 78 inhabitants. This parish derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Teilo, and its distinguishing adjunct from its situation on the Cywyn, near the influx of that stream into the Tāf, by the estuary of which latter river, expanding into Carmarthen bay, it is bounded on the south-west. The turnpike-road leading from Carmarthen to St. Clear's passes through the village. . . The church is not remarkable for any architectural details, but is pleasantly situated on the eastern bank of the river Cywyn. Adjoining the churchyard was anciently an hospital, called the Pilgrim's Lodge; but no particulars, either of its foundation or its history, are recorded, and the building has long been approprated to other uses. . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

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


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 Deilo Aber Cowyn

Parish entry for Llanybri with Llandilo Abercowin from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

Church Records

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

PR CMB (1807-12) recorded in 1831 apparently lost

Parish registers: Christenings (1813-88), Marriages (1819-64, 1928-47) and Burials (1813-95), and Facsimile Christenings and Burials (1707-1806) and Marriages (1707-84) and copy C (1707-18, 1813-88) M (1707-84, 1819-1947)  B  (1707-1806, 1813-95)  are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Copy ts PR index (1715-1875) at Carm.RO

Christenings and Burials (1707-1806) and Marriages (1707-84) are at the National Library of Wales.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1672, 1675, 1677-9, 1681, 1691, 1695-7, 1699, 1702, 1715-18, 1720-2, 1724-6, 1728-30, 1732, 1734, 1736-8, 1740-5, 1748-54, 1757-8, 1761-2, 1764, 1766-71, 1773-9, 1781-1800, 1803-6, 1808-9, 1811, 1813-19, 1821-6, 1836, 1844-7, 1865-6, 1871, 1881) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

An Index to Christenings (1813-1875), Marriages (1715-1875) and Burials (1818-1875) is available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.

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

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

No non-conformist chapels found in this parish

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;

Places, villages, farms etc within Llandeilo Abercywyn  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)


Jones, Francis. The old mansion of Llandeilo Abercywyn. National Library of Wales Journal 27 (1991), p. 49-64


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[Gareth Hicks : 21 Dec 2012]

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