"COGAN, in the Cwmwd of Is Caeth, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Dinas Powys), Co. of Glamorgan, South Wales: a discharged Vicarage, with the Recotory of Llan Doch: Patron, The Marquis of Bute: Church dedicated to St. Peter. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 36. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £43..5..2, at 6s. in the pound. It is 6 m. S.W. from Caerdiff. This Parish contains 700 acres of Land, all well cultivated. Some of the Herberts are buried in the Chancel of this Church." (From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811)

"COGAN, a parish in the hundred of DINAS-POWIS, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (S. W. by S.) from Cardiff, containing 22 inhabitants. This parish contains only about seven hundred acres of land, enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The living, with those of Llandough and Leckwith, forms a consolidated rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, rated in the king's books at £ 8.8.4., and in the patronage of the Marquis of Bute. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is at present disused : in the chancel are some ancient monuments, among which are several of the family of Herbert, of Cogan Pill, an ancient mansion now converted into a farm-house. The poor children of this parish have the privilege of attending the school at Llandough. An average annual expenditure of £39. 15. is applied for the support of the poor." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833)



Here is a substantial reading list of books which relate to Glamorgan, either county or parish.



The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing Monumental Inscriptions for the following burial grounds :-

  • Parish Church of St. Peter

Church History

Glamorgan Chapels Database - a project to compile a list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in each parish -  below are references to 2 such chapels found in this parish;-


Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

The church is dedicated to St. Peter, is in the Benefice of Penarth All Saints, and the diocese of Llandaff. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be located at grid reference ST169706.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1724-1857, Marriages, 1728-1821, Burials, 1724-1823. Visit their website for information on how to purchase these fiche.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1784-1830, 1932-1948 1768-1808, 1813-1821, 1935-1945 1784-1812, 1818-1979 - 1724-1752, 1754, 1756-1826, 1828-1830

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Cogan Ecclesiastical Parish records  " ........ including registers of marriage at St. Peter's Church, 1786-1821; burials at St. Peter's Church, 1818-1979; marriages at Holy Nativity Church, 1945-1971; parish transcripts for St. Peter's Church, made in 1980"

The following Religious Institutions are covered in the Mormon International Genealogical Index (IGI) :-

  • Cogan, St. Peter - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1830

Description & Travel

The Manor of Cogan from Cardiff Records, Volume II, Chapter I NOTES ON THE MANORS OF THE CARDIFF DISTRICT. (British History Online)

You can see pictures of Cogan which are provided by:



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


Historical Geography

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



Cogan Reading Rooms, Harriet St  - group photograph of people at opening in 1902 - on the People's Collection Wales site (use search box)


Land & Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Corbett family of Cogan Pill papers  1798-1972


This diagram shows the position of this parish within the county of Glamorgan - click on this to see a full size diagram of the county



Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

 Plan of the parishes of Landough, Cogan and Leckwith, Glamorganshire - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST175708 (Lat/Lon: 51.430625, -3.187452), Cogan which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Cogan 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 Gareth Hicks)

  • Cogan (180); Cogan (village); Cogan Hall;




The Population of Cogan was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 28 1851 - 33 1861 - 283 1871 - 294 1881 - 755 1891 - 1,627

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Cogan Civil Parish records 1782-1898


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Llandough-juxta-Penarth and Cogan School Board records     " ...... School Board records comprising of minute books, 1882-1901"

Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • A black and white photograph of the Cogan School Band, Cogan, Penarth.
  • A black and white photograph of a Junior Class at Cogan School, Penarth.