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"MATHREY (MERTHYR), a parish in the hundred of DEWISLAND, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (S.W. by W.) from Fishguard, containing 860 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated in the north-western part of the county, is bounded on the north by St. George's channel, and is intersected by the turnpike road leading from Fishguard to St. David's. In the northern part of the parish, bordering on the coast . . . are some considerable slate quarries, affording employment to a portion of the inhabitants. The village, which is situated on the summit of a hill, was formerly a place of more importance than at present, and had a weekly market and an annual fair, granted by letters patent in the reign of Edward III. . . The church, dedicated to the Holy Martyrs, and situated in the middle of the village, is an ancient structure not distinguished by any architectural details of importance. The sum of £10 per annum is paid by Sir John Owen, Bart., towards the support of a school in this parish, for the gratuitous instruction of poor children. . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]

MIs by Dyfed FHS for Mathry, Rehobeth Independent Chapel


The 1851 census for this parish has been indexed by Dyfed Family History Society.

Census Returns for this parish have the following LDS Call Numbers:

  • 1841 Census - 0464342
  • 1851 Census - 0104237
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850857
  • 1881 Census - 1342306
  • 1891 Census - 6099648


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Mathry 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

Mathry Church - on the Institute of Archaeology 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

  • Mathry Parish Church                E D Evans, Minister
  • Rehoboth   Ind                 Erected in 1840               "Used exclusively as a place of worship. 'Except keeping a day school till School Room will be ready' "          Samuel Evans, Minister

Parish entry for Mathry with St Edren's from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • Holy Martyrs
  • &
  • St Edeyrn (St Edren's)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J D Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Fishguard
  • Acreage 7,283 & 952; Population 615

Eglwys Mathri = Mathry Church. [Abergwaun?] : [Menter Preseli?], [1996?] 1 sheet .This project was initiated by local communities in North Pembrokeshire and co-ordinated by Menter Preseli.

Church Records

Parish register: Christenings (1729-30, 1736-42, 1745-1992), Marriages (1729-30, 1735-41, 1745-54, 1776-1969) Banns (1778-86, 1791-1816, 1824-45, 1895-1916), Burials (1729-30, 1735-42, 1745-1940) at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR C  (1729-1810, extracts to 1904) M (1729-54, extracts 1814-35) B (1729-1810, extracts to 1873) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1853, 1855-62, 1864-9, 1875-6) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105189.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Nebo Baptist chapel, Mathry              SM87873190        Sunday School built 1893     Still open 1993      Coflein                 On Dyfed FHS
  • Rehoboth [Independents, 1840]. Records ; See Rhosycaerau and Berea                 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

Dyfed FHS have published a series of indexes of baptisms, marriages and burials from Pembrokeshire hundreds for various periods.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Mathry which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Mathry 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 Peter D Hall)

  • Mathry [58]; Aber-castle, Aber Yw, Bryn Cleddau, Carnachen wen, Castell-cenlas, Castell Coch, Castle Morris, Dyffryn dwarch, Garn-isaf, Gilfach, Lochturffin, Long Ho, Llambed, Llambed Hill, Llwyn-y-gorras, Mabws, Mathry, Morfa, Mynydd Morfa, Park-y-nole, Parke, Pen-Lan, Pen Morfa, Pen-y-bank, Pen-y-cnwe, Pen-y-feidr, Porth Glasdwr, Priskilly, Priskilly Forest, Pwll Strodyr, Rehoboth, Rhos lanog, Tre gidreg, Tre felyn, Tre saer, Trwyn Llwnog, Ty-newydd-grug, Western Cleddau, Y Garn, Y Graig, Ynys Daullyn
  • Detached part (unnumbered); Llannoy; Mesur y Dorth; Pen ysgwarn;

Cave, R. The Mathry Dyke, a quartz-dolerite intrusion of probable Carboniferous age in south west Wales Geological Magazine 126 (1989), p. 715-21


Transcript of complete entry in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales of 1833.


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

  • Harries family, of Priskilly, Heathfield and Tregwynt, papers  1722 - 1920   "John Hill Harries held an estate at Priskelly, Mathry, Pembrokeshire, in 1815. .......... "


Historical Geography

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


[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM879320 (Lat/Lon: 51.945921, -5.087597), Mathry which are provided by: