Coedmore Estate Records

Scope and Content

Family and estate papers of the Lloyd family of Coedmore comprising deeds, 1454-1875, relating to the estate in Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire; manorial records, mainly relating to the manor of Iscoed Is Hirwen, 1627-1810; rentals, wills, correspondence, wages accounts, game accounts, household accounts and personal accounts, 1714-1908; records relating to the Cilgwyn estate, the Castell Gorfod estate, New Quay Harbour Company, Llechryd Forge tin works which was established by the Lloyds of Coedmor, Teifi Fisheries, Cilgerran school, and Cardiganshire elections, all mainly 18th and 19th cent.; Lloyd family papers prior to the succession of Thomas Edward Lloyd, 1736-1879, papers of Thomas Edward Lloyd, 1857-1909, and papers of Edward Howard Lloyd, 1927-[c. 1964].

Administrative / Biographical History

David ap David (d .1568) (David ap David ap Hywel Ychan), of Cilfachwen near Llandysul, and his son, Jenkin Lloyd David ap David, owned lands in the parishes of Llandysul and Bangor Teifi, Cardiganshire, and in Llanfihangel-ar-arth, Carmarthenshire. It was the children of Jenkin who first took Lloyd as their surname. Jenkin's eldest surviving son was David David Lloyd (d. c. 1617), who got into financial difficulties soon after 1610 and appears to have been rescued by his younger brother, Thomas (d. c. 1649), who was an attorney at Ludlow, the headquarters of the Council of Wales and the Marches. He bought Cilfachwen from his brother, and married the heiress of the Cilgwyn estate, Mary Lloyd. He was living in Cilgwyn by 1616. The Coedmor estate had formed part of the estates of the Mortimer family since the Middle Ages but it was sold in 1614-1615 by Rowland Mortimer to Sir John Lewes of Abernantbychan, Cardiganshire. It passed down to Sir John's great-grandson John Lewes, nephew of Jane Lewes and Thomas Lloyd of Gilfachwen. John Lewes conveyed Coedmore to his first cousin Walter Lloyd of the Priory, Cardigan, second son of Thomas and Jane. The Coedmor estate was then inherited by Walter Lloyd's nephew, Thomas Lloyd. The Cilgwyn estate, meanwhile, was inherited by John Lloyd, Thomas Lloyd's eldest brother. Thomas Lloyd was succeeded by Walter Lloyd who died between 1786 and 1788. A third of the Cilgwyn estate was acquired, however, by the Lloyds of Coedmor following the will of Admiral Thomas Lloyd of Cilgwyn who died unmarried in 1801. On Walter Lloyd's death in 1722, without issue, the Coedmore estate passed to Thomas Lloyd (c. 1696-1737), a younger brother of John Lloyd (d. 1748). When Thomas died, the Coedmore estate passed to his son, Walter Lloyd (d. c. 1788), who was a minor at his father's death. Walter Lloyd, of Coedmore (d. c. 1788), married Anne Posthuma Thomas in Dublin in 1759. On his death, Coedmore passed to his son, Thomas Lloyd (1760-1810). The estate then passed to Thomas's eldest son, Thomas Lloyd (1793-1857). He acquired half of the Llanina estate in Cardiganshire, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, following his marriage, in 1819, to Charlotte Longcroft, daughter of Captain Edward Longcroft, who in turn had inherited half of the Llanina estate from her father's old friend, Edward Warren Jones of Llanina in 1829. On the death of Thomas Lloyd in 1857, the estate passed to his eldest son, Thomas Edward Lloyd (1820-1909). He married Clemena Daniel in 1850, and had one daughter, Edith, who predeceased him. He died in 1909 without issue. The Coedmore estate passed via trustees to Edward Howard Lloyd (d. 1966). Walter Lloyd (1823-1879), a younger brother of Thomas Edward Lloyd (1820-1909), had emigrated to Natal, South Africa in the 1850's. His third son was Lewis Howard Lloyd (d. 1930), who lived in South Africa. Lewis' eldest son was Edward Howard Lloyd. It was he who inherited Coedmore, although he did not live there until the death of the second wife of Thomas Edward Lloyd in 1947. He was a member of the Cardiganshire County Council and a prominent Conservative in accordance with the family tradition. On his death in 1966, the estate passed to his eldest son, David Mortimer Lloyd (b. 1940), who sold the estate in 1983.


Arranged into two groups: Group I contains deeds and associated papers; manorial records; material from the period before the Lloyd family acquired Coedmore in 1714; Lloyd family papers; and miscellaneous papers; Group II contains family papers of the Lloyd family of Coedmore.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by E.H. Lloyd and E.D.M. Lloyd of Coedmore.


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 Cardiganshire Homes and their families, (Newport, 2000); Jones, Francis, 'Lloyd of Gilfachwen, Cilgwyn and Coedmore', Journal of the Ceredigion Antiquarian Society, vol. VIII, no. 1, (1976).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at the Carmarthenshire Archive Service and the National Register of Archives. Further details about manorial records within the archive can be accessed from the the National Register of Archives Manorial Documents Register.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Carmarthenshire Archive Service have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Coedmore estate are National Library of Wales, Cilgwyn Estate Records.

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