West Glamorgan Archive Service

Cilybebyll Estate Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0216 DD Cil

Held at: West Glamorgan Archive Service

Title: Cilybebyll Estate Papers

Short title: Cilybebyll estate papers

Dates of creation: 1497-1954

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 260 items

Name of creator(s): Cilybebyll estate; Lloyd family; Leach family; Herbert family.


Administrative and biographical history: The Cilybebyll estate was small and compact, made up for the most part of lands in the southern and central parts of the parish of Cilybebyll and neighbouring parts of Blaenhonddan to the west of Alltwen, and farms near Pontardawe in the parishes of Llangiwg and Llangyfelach. The estate also owned Cwmtwrch Farm in Carmarthenshire, near the foot of the Black Mountain. Whereas some estates could boast continuous ownership by one family over several centuries, tenure of the Cilybebyll estate was rather more complicated. Alice, daughter of Thomas ap Griffith Goch of Ynys-arwed, married Griffith ap John ap Lewis. Alice was probably the heir of Cilybebyll, as some pedigrees describe Thomas ap Griffith Goch as of Cilybebyll. Their son Lewis Griffith, the first of the family to use a surname, married (as his second wife) Jenet Herbert, and had issue a daughter and heir, Jenet, who married George Herbert, the fourth son of Matthew Herbert of Swansea. The Herbert family of Swansea was part of the same clan as the Herberts, earls of Pembroke, and was the source of the Herbert families of Cilybebyll, Cogan Pill and White Friars. The Herbert family retained Cilybebyll until the death of Matthew's great-grandson, Richard Herbert (c.1669-1725). He had married Elizabeth Lloyd (c.1686-1771) of Cilymaenllwyd, but died without male heirs, leaving his two daughters and co-heirs, Elizabeth (dsp. 1797), the heiress of Cilybebyll and wife of Richard Turberville (c1708-77, dsp.), and Mary, the wife of Samuel Hughes of Llwyn-y-Brân. On her death, Elizabeth left Cilybebyll to her mother's family. Her heir was her cousin John Herbert Lloyd (d. 1817), the son of John William Lloyd (d. 1752) of Carmarthen. He was succeeded by his sister Jane (d. 1828), the wife of William Bassett. Jane was succeeded by her kinswoman Jane Brand (d. 1849), the daughter of John Jones (d. 1787) of Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, and wife of Henry Leach (d. 1848) of Milford. Henry Leach completely modernized and improved Cilybebyll "as scarcely to retain any vestige of its ancient character". Jane and Henry's son Francis Edwardes Leach (1805-1865) assumed the surname Lloyd on inheriting Cilybebyll on the death of his mother. His son Herbert Lloyd (1838-1914) of Cilybebyll married in 1864 with Frances Harriette (1838-1929), daughter of S. G. Purdon of Tinerara, Ireland. Their eldest son John Herbert Purdon Lloyd (1868-1957) inherited Cilybebyll on his father's death.


Scope and content: Cilybebyll estate papers comprising mainly title deeds, 1497-1946, deeds of settlement, 1575-1954, and mortgages, 1859-1916.


Language/script: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: papers from the family estate office; records from the family solicitor's office; and papers from the miscellaneous collections.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at West Glamorgan Archive Service and the National Register of Archives
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.


Related units of description: Further papers relating to the Cilybebyll estate are National Library of Wales, Cilybebyll Deeds (groups I & II), and Ethel Lloyd Deeds; and West Glamorgan Archive Service: D/D Xga, D/D Xjl, and D/D SB 5.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (London, 1833); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales (London, 2 vols., 1872), vol. II; Clark, George T., Limbus Patrum Morganiae et Glamorganiae (London, 1886); Lloyd, R. J. H., The Lloyds of Plâs Cilybebyll (Pendoylan, 1990); Collis, Kim, The West Glamorgan Archive Service: A Guide to the Collections (West Glamorgan Archive Service, 1998); West Glamorgan Archive Service, Catalogue of Cilybebyll Estate Papers.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of description: February 2002



Cilybebyll Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence

Deeds | Wales | Llandeilo

Deeds | Wales | Llangyfelach

Deeds | Wales | Swansea

Personal names

Griffith family, of Cilybebyll

Herbert family, Earls of Pembroke

Herbert family, of Cogan Pill

Herbert family, of Swansea

Herbert family, of White Friars

Corporate names

Cilybebyll Estate (Wales)