"MOYLGROVE, a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (W. by S.) from Cardigan, containing 419 inhabitants. This parish, which by the Welsh is called "Trêv Gwyddel," is situated on the coast in the north-eastern part of the county, and comprises a moderate extent of arable and pasture land, which is all enclosed and cultivated. The surrounding scenery is not characterized by any peculiar features, and the views over the adjacent country are barren of interest: in general the shore is abrupt and rugged, with a good depth of water. The living is a discharged vicarage, annexed to that of Bayvill, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £600 royal bounty. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is about half a mile from the village, being situated on the left bank of a stream which falls into St. George's channel at no great distance: it is not remarkable for any architectural details. There is a place of worship for Independents. Within the limits of the parish is a well, the water of which is considered efficacious in several diseases. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £122. 17." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]



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 - 0104239
  • 1861 Census - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850859
  • 1881 Census - 1342307
  • 1891 Census - 6099654

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

  • Moylgrove Parish Church, consolidated with the Parish Church of Bayvil David Evan Morgan, Vicar
  • Bethel, Moilgrove Ind Erected before 1800 Llewhelyn Rees and D M Evans, Ministers

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

  • St Andrew
  • Incumbent and Curates; J L Davies
  • Rural Deanery of Kemes
  • Acreage 2,489 ; Population 316

    Church Records

    Parish registers: Christenings (1769-1812), Marriages (1770-7, 1781-1837) Banns (1824-84, 1949-90), Burials (1769-1988) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

    Copy ts PR [extracts] C (1770-1818) M (1771-1833) B (1770-1815) at NLW

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1675-6, 1678-86, 1688-9, 1702-3, 1708, 1799-1801, 1803-19, 1821-75, 1877-9) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105191.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Tabernacl Welsh Baptist chapel, Moylegrove village SN11794466 Built 1894 Still open 1998 Coflein On Dyfed FHS
    • Bethel , in Moylegrove village [Independents, cause began c 1690, date of original chapel not known, rebuilt c 1850-75]. Records ; See Brynberian and Lower Chapel SN11734467 Built before 1800 possibly 1691, restored during the Victorian era. Still open 1998 Coflein 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 (Jan 2009)

    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Moylgrove which are provided by:


    Emigration & Immigration

    Kirkwood, Bettye. John Devonald - Convict [1815-1856]. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol7/5 Aug 2001. A background to one man's arrival and life in Australia, generations of his family were from Moylgrove parish.


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



    Kirkwood, Bettye. Margaret Devonald. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol 8/2 April 2003. The article outlines Margaret Devonald's Lloyd family ancestry beginning with Alban Lloyd of Cwmgloyne.



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN116437 (Lat/Lon: 52.059295, -4.749398), Moylgrove which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Moylegrove 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 Rosemary St.Leger-May)