"MYNACHLOGDÛ (MONACHLOG-DÛ), a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 10 miles (N. by E.) from Narberth, containing 447 inhabitants, which is the exact number returned ten years previously, in the census of 1821.This parish is situated near the eastern extremity of the county, bordering upon Carmarthenshire, and comprises a large extent of land, of which a great portion is occupied by the Precelly mountain, but the remainder is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation: the river called the Eastern Cleddy has its source within its limits.The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £1000 royal bounty, and in the patronage of Sir R.B.P. Philipps, Bart. The church, dedicated to St. Dogmael, is not remarkable for any architectural details. The average annual expenditure for the relief of the poor is £92. 6." [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 - 0104230
  • 1861 Census - 0543241
  • 1871 Census - 0850850
  • 1881 Census - 1342301
  • 1891 Census - 6099631

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

  • Monachlogddu Parish Church David Thomas, Curate, Monachlogddu
  • Bethel Particular Baptist Erected in 1794 Walter Davies, Baptist Minister

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

  • St Dogmael & St Colman (Llangolman)
  • Incumbent and Curates; W Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 6,089 ; Population 357

The church and graveyard at Mynachlog-ddu on the People's Collection Wales site

Old Bethel Baptist Chapel, Mynachlog Ddu on the People's Collection Wales site

Bethel Baptist Chapel, Mynachlog Ddu on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records

    PR C (1802-12) recorded in 1831 apparently lost. M (1813-37) not recorded in 1933. Diocesan records suggest that c 1790 the registers went back to 1758

    Parish registers: Christenings (1813-1993), Marriages (1837-1951) Banns (1890-1951), Burials (1813-1993) at Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674, 1676, 1678-9, 1681-2, 1685-9, 1705, 1799-1800, 1802-3, 1806-42, 1845, 1848-51, 1865-6, 1871-6, 1878-9) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105192.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Bethel [Baptists, 1794]. records ; 1. Two church registers, 1797-1871 and 1797-1923, at NLW Ms 999-1000A, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 832251. 2. Other records pertaining to this chapel are too numerous to list, but they include minute books, membership statistics, diaries etc dating from 1867 the the C20, at NLW. 3. See Rhydwilym/Llandysilo[under CMN] for records before 1790. SN14533037 Built 1875 replacing earlier one of 1794 which was retained and converted to a Sunday School Still open 1998 Coflein On Dyfed FHS
    • Capel Bach (Capel Cawey ?), Mynachlog-ddu SN11573127 demolished by 1914 (no denomination shown) Coflein

    Description & Travel

    Various landscape photographs of the area and surrounds on the People's Collection Wales site

    Mynachlog-ddu - on Wikipedia

    You can see pictures of Mynachlog-ddu which are provided by:



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



    Books marked * have an entry on the separate 'Review/Contents' page.

    *Lewis, E T . Mynachlogddu. A historical survey of the past thousand years . Printed by E.L.Jones, Cardigan 1969. It must have been published by the author after much research into the locality of this small settlement at the foot of the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire.

    Lewis, E T. Mynachlog : a guide to its antiquities. Cardigan, 1972.



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN138311 (Lat/Lon: 51.947454, -4.711204), Mynachlog-ddu which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Mynachlog-ddu 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 Howard Thomas)

    • Mynachlog Ddu (45); Afon Glandy, Afon Wern, Allt-y-gog, Blaen-gors, Bwlch Giden, Capel cawy, Carn meini, Clyn, Cwm Cerwyn, Dyffryn (Ff)ilbro ?, Fron-las, Glanrhyd, Hen barc, Llain, Llain-banal, Llethr, Maes-yr-wyn, Mynachlog-ddu, Pant Ithel, Pentre-glas, Pont Glandy, Portis-to, Rhos Fach, Tre-fach, Waun Isaf, Woollen Mill