Papers of the Rind, Mathias, Bethel, Hole and Napier families

Scope and Content

Rind photographs, [c. 1860]-1966, Rind correspondence and other family papers, 1801-1996; Mathias correspondence, deeds, other family papers and notes on the pedigrees of the Mathias and other families, 1599-1954; Mathias, deeds and other documents relating to property in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, 1634-1888; and Mathias/Napier/Pier/Bethel deeds and other documents relating to properties in Somerset, 1608-1961; and miscellaneous items, including deeds relating to Bermuda, 1641-1989.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Mathias family had resided in Llangwarren, Pembrokeshire, since the 16th century, when Thomas Mathias (d. 1617) married Jane Lloyd, daughter and co-heiress of Llangwarren. The estate descended in the male line, eventually passing to Charles Delamotte Mathias (1777-1851) on the death of his uncle, Lewis Mathias without issue. Charles Mathias purchased Lamphey Court, Lamphey, in 1810-1811, and began building a new mansion there in 1823. Charles married Mary, eldest daughter of John Bethell, of Hassage, Somerset. The family advertised Llangwarren for sale in 1987 and Lamphey Court in 1978. Alyne Louisa Eliza Hulton married James Mathias, the 7th son of Charles Delamotte Mathias. Subsequently, Elinor Amy Lloyd Mathias, niece of James Mathias (1823-1886), married Burnet George Rind of Allenbrook, Dale, Pembrokeshire. According to the 1873 return of owners of land Lewis Mathias of Lamphey Court owned 4,562 acres (all in Pembrokeshire) with an estimated rental of £4,113.


Arranged into the following: Rind family papers; Mathias family papers; Mathias property in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire; Mathias, Bethel, Hole and Napier papers, especially property in Somerset; and miscellaneous items.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mrs Beatrice Rind, then of Allenbrook, Dale (and later of 18 Southglade, Whitley Wood Road, Reading, Berkshire) in June, July and August 1996.


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); James Brian, 'The Great Landowners of Wales in 1873', National Library of Wales Journal, XIV (1965-66); Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 1952).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives. Papers relating to the Hulton family of Lancashire, other miscellaneous deeds and documents relating to premises in Surrey, Essex, London, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, remain uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.

Custodial History

Papers relating to the Hulton family of Lancashire will be transferred to the Lancashire Record Office. Other miscellaneous deeds and documents will be transferred to repositories in Surrey, Essex, London, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Cheshire.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Mathias family are Pembrokeshire Record Office, D/RTP/MAT.