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"MOYLGROVE, a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (W. by S.) from Cardigan, containing 419 inhabitants. This parish, which by the Welsh is called "TrÍv Gwyddel," is situated on the coast in the north-eastern part of the county, and comprises a moderate extent of arable and pasture land, which is all enclosed and cultivated. The surrounding scenery is not characterized by any peculiar features, and the views over the adjacent country are barren of interest: in general the shore is abrupt and rugged, with a good depth of water. The living is a discharged vicarage, annexed to that of Bayvill, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £600 royal bounty. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is about half a mile from the village, being situated on the left bank of a stream which falls into St. George's channel at no great distance: it is not remarkable for any architectural details. There is a place of worship for Independents. Within the limits of the parish is a well, the water of which is considered efficacious in several diseases. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £122. 17." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]


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:

Church History

MOYLGROVE, St. Peter    1865-1868   - 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


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

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1769-1812), Marriages (1770-7, 1781-1837) Banns (1824-84, 1949-90), Burials (1769-1988) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR [extracts] C (1770-1818) M (1771-1833) B (1770-1815) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1675-6, 1678-86, 1688-9, 1702-3, 1708, 1799-1801, 1803-19, 1821-75, 1877-9) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105191.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

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

Description and Travel

Places, villages, farms etc within Moylegrove 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 Rosemary St.Leger-May)

Emigration and immigration

Kirkwood, Bettye. John Devonald - Convict [1815-1856]. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol7/5 Aug 2001. A background to one man's arrival and life in Australia, generations of his family were from Moylgrove parish.


Kirkwood, Bettye. Margaret Devonald. Dyfed FHS journal , Vol 8/2 April 2003. The article outlines Margaret Devonald's Lloyd family ancestry beginning with Alban Lloyd of Cwmgloyne.


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[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]

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