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"MYNACHLOGDÛ (MONACHLOG-DÛ), a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 10 miles (N. by E.) from Narberth, containing 447 inhabitants, which is the exact number returned ten years previously, in the census of 1821.This parish is situated near the eastern extremity of the county, bordering upon Carmarthenshire, and comprises a large extent of land, of which a great portion is occupied by the Precelly mountain, but the remainder is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation: the river called the Eastern Cleddy has its source within its limits.The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £1000 royal bounty, and in the patronage of Sir R.B.P. Philipps, Bart. The church, dedicated to St. Dogmael, is not remarkable for any architectural details. The average annual expenditure for the relief of the poor is £92. 6." [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:

  • 1841 Census - 0464343
  • 1851 Census - 0104230
  • 1861 Census - 0543241
  • 1871 Census - 0850850
  • 1881 Census - 1342301
  • 1891 Census - 6099631


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Mynachlog-ddu 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

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

  • Monachlogddu Parish Church                      David Thomas, Curate, Monachlogddu
  • Bethel    Particular Baptist              Erected in 1794        Walter Davies, Baptist Minister


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

  • St Dogmael
  • &
  • St Colman (Llangolman)
  • Incumbent and Curates; W Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 6,089 ; Population  357

Church Records

PR C (1802-12) recorded in 1831 apparently lost. M (1813-37) not recorded in 1933. Diocesan records suggest that c 1790 the registers went back to 1758

Parish registers: Christenings (1813-1993), Marriages (1837-1951) Banns (1890-1951), Burials (1813-1993) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674, 1676, 1678-9, 1681-2, 1685-9, 1705, 1799-1800, 1802-3, 1806-42, 1845, 1848-51, 1865-6, 1871-6, 1878-9) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105192.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Bethel [Baptists, 1794]. records ;  1. Two church registers, 1797-1871 and 1797-1923, at NLW Ms 999-1000A, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 832251.   2. Other records pertaining to this chapel are too numerous to list, but they include minute books, membership statistics, diaries etc dating from 1867 the the C20, at NLW.    3. See Rhydwilym/Llandysilo[under CMN] for records before 1790.               SN14533037           Built 1875 replacing earlier one of 1794 which was retained and converted to a Sunday School    Still open 1998   Coflein               On Dyfed FHS  
  • Capel Bach (Capel Cawey ?), Mynachlog-ddu         SN11573127   demolished by 1914     (no denomination shown)    Coflein  

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 Mynachlog-ddu which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Mynachlog-ddu 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 Howard Thomas)

  • Mynachlog Ddu (45); Afon Glandy, Afon Wern, Allt-y-gog, Blaen-gors, Bwlch Giden, Capel cawy, Carn meini, Clyn, Cwm Cerwyn, Dyffryn (Ff)ilbro ?, Fron-las, Glanrhyd, Hen barc, Llain, Llain-banal, Llethr, Maes-yr-wyn, Mynachlog-ddu, Pant Ithel, Pentre-glas, Pont Glandy, Portis-to, Rhos Fach, Tre-fach, Waun Isaf, Woollen Mill

Mynachlog-ddu - on Wikipedia

Historical Geography

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


Books marked * have an entry on the separate 'Review/Contents' page.

*Lewis, E T . Mynachlogddu. A historical survey of the past thousand years . Printed by E.L.Jones, Cardigan 1969. It must have been published by the author after much research into the locality of this small settlement at the foot of the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire.

Lewis, E T. Mynachlog : a guide to its antiquities. Cardigan, 1972.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN145303 (Lat/Lon: 51.940163, -4.700133), Mynachlog-ddu which are provided by:

[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]