Llanfihangel Trer Beirdd


"LLANFIHANGEL-TRE'R-BEIRDD, a parochial chapelry in the hundred of Twrcelyn, county Anglesey, 2 miles E. of Llanerchymedd, its post town, 5 N. of Llangefni, and 11 from Beaumaris. This place was formerly a favourite retreat of the Welsh bards, and hence it received its distinctive appellation. The village, which is small, lies about 5 miles distant from Moelfre Bay. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory* of Llandyfrydog, in the diocese of Bangor. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a very small structure with a single aisle. The charities amount to about £2 per annum. On Bodafon Hill is "the shapely cromlech" mentioned by Rowlands, the table stone of which measures 10 feet in length by 8 in breadth; it is commonly named among the natives "y-maen-Llwydd." At some distance, near a place called Barras, is another small cromlech, now in ruins."

[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP, 1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Llanfihangel Tre'r-Beirdd Parochial Chapelry; Statistics; Area 1570 acres; Population 186 males, 174 females, total 360

  • Llanfihangel Tre Beirdd Parish Church Attendance - morning 12 Thomas Prytherch, Warden (A duplicate return submitted by one John Roberts showing attendants - afternoon 15 !)
  • Ty Mawr, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Erected before 1800 Attendance - morning 79, afternoon 111 scholars, evening 186 John Lewis, Elder, Ty Mawr
  • Hebron, Independent Erected 1829 Attendance - morning 80, afternoon 45 scholars Richard Rowlands, Deacon, Llwydiarth Twr Celyn
  • Eglwys Llanfihangel Tre'r Beirdd - on geograph.org.uk and "Almost completely rebuilt in 1811 and 1888 .......... " coflein
  • Capel Bethesda Baptist Chapel, Mynydd Bodafon, papers 1901-[ c.1987] - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
    "A Baptist Chapel at Mynydd Bodafon, Llanfihangel Tre'r-beirdd, Anglesey, established in 1897 ..."
  • Ty Mawr Welsh CM, Cape Coch - on geograph.org.uk and "....Ty Mawr Methodist Chapel was first built in 1785 and then rebuilt three times, in 1812, 1865 and 1898......" 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 Mynaeddfwyn chapel (in Welsh) - with translation

Church Records

Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at Anglesey Record Office.


Description & Travel

Llanfihangel Tre'r Beirdd - on wicipedia (Welsh)

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LLANVIHANGEL TRE 'R BEIRDD (LLAN-VIHANGEL TRE-Y-BEIRDD), a parish in the hundred of TWRCELYN, county of ANGLESEY, NORTH WALES, 4 miles (E. by S.) from Llanerchymedd, containing 360 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Michael, and its distinguishing adjunct from its having anciently been one of the seats of the British bards or Druids, is pleasantly situated in a fertile district nearly in the centre of the island. The surface is varied with some bold eminences ; the lands are for the most part enclosed and in cultivation ; and the soil, especially in the lower grounds, is fertile and productive. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Llandyvrydog, in the archdeaconry of Anglesey, and diocese of Bangor. The church is a small plain edifice, and contains some good monuments to the family of Lewis. There are places of worship for Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists. The poor children of this parish are admissible for gratuitous instruction into the school of Llandyvrydog ; and the produce of several small charitable donations and bequests is annually distributed among the poor at Christmas. Sir William Jones was a native of this parish ; and Lewis Morris, an eminent antiquary and poet, resided here for some time. Of the occupation of this place by the ancient Druids several vestiges are still visible, among which may be noticed the remains of a Druidical altar upon one of the hills in the parish, and a large pillar, or upright stone, near the church, called Maen Addwyn, or "the blessed stone," supposed to be one of those Meini Gwyr pillars noticed by Mr. Rowlands. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £ 155. 13. (A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833)



Tlysau yr Hen Oesoedd(Jewels of Ancient Times) by Lewis Morris - on the People's Collection Wales site
"Lewis Morris (Llewelyn Ddu o Fôn, 1701-65), poet, scholar and cartographer, was a native of Llanfihangel Tre'r Beirdd, Anglesey, and was the eldest of the three brothers known as 'Morrisiaid Môn' (the Morrises of Anglesey)"

Lewis Morris - on wikipdia

Extract from Seryddiaeth a Seryddwyr (Astronomy and Astronomers) by the Rev. J. Silas Evans
"WILLIAM JONES, F.R.S., (1675-1749). He was born in Llanfihangel-tre'r-Beirdd, Anglesey; a famous mathematician and friend of Sir Isaac Newton, Halley and Dr. Johnson. His son was the famous scholar Sir William Jones "


Historical Geography

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


Land & Property

Held at Anglesey Record Office (NRA);

  • Llanfihangel Tre'r Beirdd window tax? ;- 1760: assessments
  • Llanfihangel Tre'r Beirdd land tax 1753-1814: assessments
  • Llanfihangel Tre'r Beirdd Parish;- 1695-1992: records
  • Llanfihangel Tre'r Beirdd Parish Council;- 1895-1982: minute book, papers, newsletters, financial records
  • Llanfihangel Tre'r Beirdd tithes;- 1932-36: Tithe Rent Charge account books


Gwynedd Family History Society have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Anglesey (under Parishes)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH460840 (Lat/Lon: 53.330198, -4.314322), Llanfihangel Trer Beirdd which are provided by: