Welsh St Donats


"DONATT'S (WELSH ST.), a parish in the hundred of COWBRIDGE, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 2 miles (E. N. E.) from Cowbridge, containing 304 inhabitants. This place was formerly annexed to the parish of Llanblethian, from which it has been separated, and is now a parish of itself. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Llanblethian, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf. The church possesses no claim to architectural notice. Miss Leysons, about the year 1774, bequeathed a rentcharge of £5 for distribution among the poor of this parish. Caercady, the property of John Thomas Jones, Esq. R. N., is a genteel mansion, built by the late Colonel Jenkins, one of the auditors of the public accounts, from whom it came by marriage to its present proprietor. The average annual expenditure for the snpport of the poor is £ 127." ( 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.


Business & Commerce Records

  • Thomas Waite, blacksmith
    1914-27: account book
    [Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans, Cardiff CF5 6XB - Reference: 2520]


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

  • Parish Church of St. Donat



Church History

Glamorgan Chapels Database - no non-conformist 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. Donat, and is in the Benefice of Pendoylan with Welsh St. Donats. 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 ST028763.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1726-1736, 1758-19811726-1747, 1757-19701726-19821824-19821724-1751, 1753, 1755-1769, 1771-1789, 1791-1802, 1804-1837

Transcription of the Roll of Honour at Cowbridge Chuch for 1914-1918 war.

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

  • Welsh St. Donats, St. Donat - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1873

Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Welsh St Donats which are provided by:



Transcript of name listing for Cowbridge, and neighbouring parishes from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-

1858-1859(Slaters Directory) 1880(Slaters Directory)


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


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Prisk


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



St Donats in the County of Glamorgan - on the People's Collection Wales site

Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST032769 (Lat/Lon: 51.482952, -3.395419), Welsh St Donats which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Welsh St Donats 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 Glenys Travis)

  • Welsh St Donats [124] - Bryn-y-ddafad, Bwlch Gwyn, Cae pant, Caeready, Castell Coch AM, Cattwg-glas, Coed Mynydd Coch, Cwrt-Newydd, Efald-wen, Great Ho, Llwyn du, Maendy-newydd, Maes-hwyaid, Morfa Fawnog, Morfa Ystradowen, Mynydd y Glew, Nant Bytryn, Pen-ffordd-fawr, Pen-y-lan, Prisk, Pwll-y-daren, Pysgodlyn Mawr (Pendoylan), Tair Onen, Ty isaf, Warren Fm, Welsh St Donats, Wern-fach, Wern-fawr, Ysgubor goch.


The Population of Welsh St Donats was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 2751851 - 2911861 - 2751871 - 2001881 - 2151891 - 188

Public Records

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

  • Welsh St Donats Civil Parish records                  " ......... comprising tithe plan and apportionment, 1841; assistant overseers rate books, 1918-1926; assistant overseers receipt and payment book, 1911-1927; minutes book of parish meetings, 1904-1953; minutes book of parish council and community council meetings, 1953-1974; rate precepts book, 1947-1974; receipt and payment account book, 1923-1953; receipt and payment book, 1954-1974; correspondence, 1950"