The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"BARRY, a parish in the hundred of Dinas-Powis, in the county of Glamorgan, South Wales, 9 miles to the S.W. of Cardiff, its post town. It is situated in a pleasant country, fertile and well wooded, on the north coast of the Bristol Channel, and includes the small island of the same name lying opposite to it. The living is a rectory united with that of Porthkerry, in the diocese of Llandaff. The church is dedicated to St. Nicholas. Here are some remains of a castle."
"BARRY ISLAND, a small island in the parish of Barry, hundred of Dinas-Powis, in the county of Glamorgan, South Wales. It is in the Bristol Channel, opposite to the village of the same name, and is connected with the shore by a narrow bank left dry at low water. It is let as a farm; but a large part of it is a warren abounding in rabbits. The name of the island is said to be derived from St. Baruch, a hermit, who resided here, and was interred in a chapel, of which remains still exist. This island belonged at one period to the family of Barry or De Berri, who took their name from it, and afterwards settled in Ireland. Of this family was Giraldus Cam brensis, or De Barri, the historian and ecclesiastic of the 12th century. There is a holy well at Nell's Point, to which superstitious women resort on Holy Thursday, washing their eyes, and throwing pine into the well. The island has an area of about 300 acres."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
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