Bottwnog / Botwnnog


"BOTTWNOG, a parish in the hundred of Gafflogian, in the county of Carnarvon, North Wales, 5 miles to the S. of Nevin. Pwllheli is its post town. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the rectory of Meyllteyrn, in the diocese of Bangor. The church is dedicated to St. Benno. Here is a free grammar school, founded and endowed by Bishop Rowland, which has a revenue of £206 per annum. There are other charitable endowments worth about £6 a year." [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.

Bottwnog Parish; Statistics; Area 487 acres; Population 71 males, 92 females, total 163

  • Bottwnog Chapel of Ease to Meilltyrne                   Attendance - afternoon 45            "This Church was consecrated before 1800 but has been entirely renovated since"      Robert Jones, Rector
  • Ty'ndonen, Baptists        Erected before 1800         Attendance - afternoon 35             Humphrey Pritchard, Deacon, Bronphilip, Bottwnog
  • Rhyd Bach, Calvinist           Erected before 1800        Not a separate building, not used exclusively as a place of worship                Attendance -  morning 96 scholars, evening 267     Griffith Jones, Deacon, Penybont, Llandegwing

There are photographs of the following chapels on the Penllyn.com site;

  •  Rhydbach (CM); Capel Salem (Baptist)

Bottwnog Church & Free School by Moses Griffith 1774  on the NLW site (Thomas Pennant Collection)


    Church Records

    Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at the Caernarfon Area Record Office.

    Bottwnog churchyard - some inscriptions on Alwyn's Godsacre site


    Description & Travel

    Penllyn site - Botwnnog Community page

    People's Collection Wales site - aerial photograph of Carn Fadryn Iron Age Hill Fort, Botwnnog, 1989

    You can see pictures of Bottwnog / Botwnnog which are provided by:



    A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833


    Historical Geography

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



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

    Bottwnog parish in the County of Carnarvon  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH265319 (Lat/Lon: 52.856149, -4.577737), Bottwnog / Botwnnog which are provided by:



    Ysgol Botwnnog - on the Rhiw.com site