Papers of the Saunders-Davies family of Pentre

Scope and Content

Deeds and related papers of the Pentre estate, Pembrokeshire, 1584-1860; estate leases; 1889-1919; Williamston estate rentals and accounts, 1921-1926; family deeds, settlements, wills etc.; and family correspondence, papers and miscellaneous papers, [c. 1765]-1920.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Pentre estate in Boncath, Manordeifi, Pembrokeshire, came into the possession of the Saunders-Davies family when David Davies (d. 1829) of Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, married Susannah, second and only surviving daughter of Erasmus Saunders of Pentre. The Saunders family had occupied the estate since at least 1698, the estate previously being owned by the Parry family. As part of the Pentre estate, David Davies also inherited the Moel Ifor estate in Llanrhystud, Cardiganshire. The Davies family also owned the Erw Wastod estate in Llanedi, Carmarthenshire, which was purchased by Rhys Davies of Swansea in 1790; he was David Davies' grandfather. David's son and heir, David Arthur Saunders Davies, married Elizabeth Maria, only daughter of Colonel Owen Philipps, of Williamston, Pembroke, in 1829. The estate devolved in the male heir thereafter, the last occupier of Pentre being David Arthur Saunders Davies (b. 1924). According to the 1873 return of owners of land, the Pentre estate, located in Carmarthenshire, Cardiganshire, Pembrokeshire, and Glamorgan, measured 9,900 acres and carried an annual rental of £7,669.


Arranged by box.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Group Captain D. A. P. Saunders-Davies in January 1970 and January 1973.


Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, (Newport, 1996); Burke's Landed Gentry, (London, 1952); Jones, Francis, Historic Cardiganshire Homes and their families, (Newport, 2000); Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families, (Newport, 1997); James, Brian, 'The Great Landowners of Wales in 1873', National Library of Wales Journal, XIV (1965-66).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records of the Pentre estate are National Library of Wales, Morgan Richardson Papers 982-1071.