"LLANDISSILIO (LLAN-DYSILIO), a parish, in the union of NARBERTH, partly in the lower division of the hundred of DERLLYS, county of CARMARTHEN, and partly in that of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (N. by E.) from Narberth, on the road to Cardigan; containing 1060 inhabitants, of whom 643 are in the Carmarthen, and 417 in the Pembroke, portion. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church . . . is about five miles in length, and four in breadth, and contains by admeasurement 6467 acres, of which two-thirds are in the Camarthen portion, and one third in that of Pembroke. The soil is of a very mixed kind and various qualities, being generally poor, but with some which is good and productive interspersed in particular situations: the mountainous parts afford indifferent pasture for the small sheep that appear to be aboriginal . . . the chief agricultural product is wheat, barley, and oats; and the prevailing timber is oak, ash, sycamore, and alder. . . There are two quarries producing an indifferent quality of slate, and two corn-mills . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


This page has data covering both parts of the parish of Llandissilio including that which was in Pembrokeshire, see above map



Monumental inscriptions for Rhydwilym Baptist Church, and for Blaenconin Baptist Chapel in this parish are available on microfiche from the Dyfed Family History Society.



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 - 6099632

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. The list includes both CMN and PEM entries

  • Llandisilio Parish Church Thomas Harries, Vicar
  • Blaenconyn Baptist Erected in 1844 "There is a day school in the Chapel.................." Owen Griffiths, Baptist Minister
  • Pisgah, village Ind Erected in 1825 Samuel Evans, Secretary
  • Rhydwilym Particular Baptist Erected in 1701 Henry Price, Minister

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

  • St Tyssilio & St Michael (Egremont)
  • Incumbent and Curates; E A Davies
  • Rural Deanery of St Clears
  • Acreage 6,505 & 1,015 ; Population 708 & 108

    Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

    • Church, Llandysilio (Penf)
    • Photograph showing a general view of Pisgah Independent Chapel. Llandyssilio, taken by Robert Scourfield, 1995.

    Griffiths, G. Milwyn. A Visitation of the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen, 1710 National Library of Wales journal. 1974, Summer Vol XVIII/3. Includes the parish of Llan Dyssilio

      Absalom, J. and Williams, E.L. Rhamant Rhydwilym, Llandysul, Gwasg Gomer (1939) 77 p., [13] leaves of plates, ill. [Rhydwilym Baptist Chapel History]


      Church Records

      See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg (under Pem)

      Dyfed FHS have photographs and data relating to various churches and chapels on their site

      Parish registers: Christenings, Marriages and Burials (1720-50) are at the National Library of Wales.

      Parish registers: Christenings (1751-1812), Marriages (1783-1969) and Burials (1751-1948), and Facsimile Christenings, Marriages and Burials (1720-50) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

      Microfiche Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1720-96) and Marriages (1720-53, 1837-1969) are at the Pembrokeshire Record Office.

      Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1671-2, 1677-9, 1681-2, 1684-7, 1689-90, 1693-5, 1697-9, 1707, 1715, 1717, 1719-22, 1724-54, 1756-90, 1792-4, 1796, 1798, 1802-36, 1841-3, 1847-8, 1850-4, 1863-70, 1875-6) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

      Marriage index for this parish - see Dyfed Marriages, 1813-1837, Vol. 10 - Dungleddy Hundred (Pemrokeshire) (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989).

      Nonconformist Chapels:

      • Rhydwilym (Baptist, c1667): births and baptisms (1667-1823) NLW Ms 127, LDS 105102; transcr. of register NLW Ms 45580

      Nonconformist Chapels: [ in both parts of the parish]

      • Blaenconyn, at Blaenconyn farm, Pembrokeshire [Baptists, 1844] . Records ; 1. A volume containing subscriptions towards building Blaenconyn Chapel, 1844, at NLW Ms 12042C. 2. A petition by 90 members from Ffynnon Baptist Church to incorporate Blaenconyn, 1846, at NLW Ms 12041C. 3. See Ffynnon and Rhydwilym On Dyfed FHS
      • Pisgah, in Llandysilio village, Pembrokeshire [Independents, 1826]. Records ; Births and bapts, 1828-37, at PRO RG4/2489, and have been microfilmed by the LD, Call Number ; 813551, IGI. 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 by Maureen Saycell (Feb 2009)
      • Tabernacl Methodist Chapel, Clunderwen -  was built in 1906 by architect W Harlson of London. The chapel is built of corrugated iron in the Simple Gothic style and with a gable-entry plan.  coflein
      • Bryndysilio (ruin), near Llandysilio village, Pembrokeshire On Dyfed FHS Bryndissil Private Chapel SN11722207 Built 1860 Ruin Coflein

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


      Description & Travel

      The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, I.G. & Williams, D. UWP, Cardiff, 1976. These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

      • Part in Carmarthenshire; Area 4719 acres; Population 278 males, 292 females, total 570
      • Part in Pembrokeshire; Area 1748 acres; Population 183 males, 240 females, total 423
        You can see pictures of Llandissilio which are provided by:



        The transcription of the section for Llandissilio from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

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



        James, David. EVANS of Llandissilio. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol 7/75. Discovering more about the inhabitants, of Cwm Isaf farm, from the census and a life insurance policy

        Historical Geography

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



        Lewis, T.E., Jones, J.T. and Lewis, H. Local heritage from Efailwen to Whitland: comprising the history of the parishes of Climaenllwyd, Hellanfallteg, Llanboidy, Llandysilio, Llanddewi Velfrey, Whitland (2 vols), Clunderwen, The Author (1976) p.

        Lloyd, Sir John E., (Ed.). A History of Carmarthenshire (2 vols.), Cardiff, London Carmarthenshire Society (1935, 1939). Extracts from this book can be accessed on some parish pages, see here for this parish

        Michael, D J. Hanes Blaenconyn [History of Blaenconyn]. Llandysul, 1956.

        You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN130237 (Lat/Lon: 51.88084, -4.718542), Llandissilio which are provided by:


        Names, Geographical

        Places, villages, farms etc within Llandissilio 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 Katherine Hocking)

        • Llandissilio East (49 - the part in CMN)); Allt y piscyll, Blaen afon, Blaen aeron, Ciliau fawr, Ciliau isaf, Ciliau uchaf, Clyn derwyn, Clyn gwyn, Dyffryn cae, Dyffryn cae rhyg, Dyffryn Trogyn, Dyffryn-waf, Elwyn yr-ebol, Ford, Gilfach ddofn, Glandy, Llwyn-dwfr, Llwyn yr-ebol, Maes-y-dderwen, Plas-y-bedw, Pont Glandy, Portisbach, Rhos y-gwydin, Rhyd-wen Cwrt, Rhyd-y-moch, Ty hen, Ynys
        • Llandissilio West (119 - the part in PEM); Big, Bryn aeron, Bush Farm, Castell gwyn, Crug-y-deri, Ford, Hendre, Inn, Lan, Llandissilio, Marle.