Records of the Mathias family of Llangwarren and Lamphey Court

Scope and Content

Mathias family papers, comprising: deeds and related papers, parishes of Camrose, 1769-1920; Haroldston St Issells, 1824, Hasguard, 1798-1897, Lamphey, 1768-1894; Letterston, 1810-1886; Llanstinan and Fishguard, 1883-1901; St Mary, Pembroke, 1787; and St Nicholas and Llanwnda, 1812-1888; wills, settlements, etc., 1776-1923; leases, tenancy agreements, etc. realting to the parishes of St Martin, Haverfordwest, 1851, Lamphey, 1822-1925; Letterston, 1891-1926; Llanstinan, 1851; and Steynton, 1846-1921; estate papers of the Manor of Lamphey, 1758-1930; Lamphey Estate, 1851-1927; Llangwarren Estate, 1828-1925; general estate papers, 1853-1945, including maps and plans, 1808-1941; personal papers of George Mathias, 1819-1899; of the Rev. William Mathias of Calcott, Somerset, 1839-1888; of Miss Grace Mathias, 1697-1847; of Charles Mathias' interests in Gloucestershire, 1817-1848; and office files of RTP Williams and previous firms relating to the Mathias families, 1851-1967.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Mathias family had resided in Llangwarren, Jordanston, Pembrokeshire, since the 16th century, when Thomas Mathias (c. 1570-1617) of Glastir, Nevern, Pembrokeshire, married Jane Lloyd, co-heiress of Llangwarren. The estate descended in the male line, passing to Charles Delamotte Mathias (1777-1851), who married Mary Bethell, of Hassage, Somerset. Charles Mathias purchased Lamphey Court, Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, in 1810-1811, and built a new mansion there in 1823. Their children were Lewis Mathias (1813-1882) who married Emily Catherine Lawes (d. 1877) of Harpenden, Hertfordshire; the Rev. William Mathais (1816- 1864) of Pencoed, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, who married Eliza Stradling, of Bridgwater, Somerset; Charles Mathias (1817-1888); George Mathias (1819-1840), of Glastonbury, Somerst, who married Caroline Law, of Staple Grove Lodge, Somerset; Henry Mathias (b. 1820) of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, a solicitor with the firm Evans, Powell and Mathias, who married Charlotte Maria Carleton Lloyd; Edward Mathias (b. 1822); James Mathias (1823-1886), of Croston [?Lancashire], whose second wife was Alyne Louisa Eliza Hulton (d. 1923); Alfred Mathias (b. 1825); Thomas Mathias (b. 1827) of Haverfordwest, and Frederick Mathias (b. 1828). His eldest son, Charles (1849-1918), married Cecilia Antonia Stokes (d. 1935), of St Botolphs, Pembrokeshire. Their eldest son, Charles Ronald Mathias (1877-1949), married Shelagh Natalie Farewell, of Natal, South Africa, and they had a son, Wing Commander Lewis Mathias of Lamphey (b. 1915). He had a daughter, Shelah Nicole (b. 1948), by his second wife, Huguette Ida Lèvy, of France. Lewis Mathias was the last of the family to live in Lamphey Court. The family advertised Llangwarren for sale in 1987, and Lamphey Court in 1978. The 2nd son of Charles and Cecilia was Algernon Stokes Mathias (1885-1923), of Llangwarren, a Captain in the Royal Veterinary Corps. He married Winifred Gertrude Bonsall, of Theale. The 3rd son, Egerton Lloyd Anthony Mathias (b. 1890), of Marconi House, was an electrical engineer. He sold Upper House, Wolfsdale, Camrose, Pembrokshire, in 1919-1920. Grace Mathias (d. 1834) was one of the daughters of David Mathias (1738-1812), a shopkeeper of Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. She inherited various estates in Fishguard from her aunt, also called Grace Mathias, (d. 1788).


Arranged into the following: deeds; wills and settlements; leases; estate papers; personal papers; and office files.

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Messrs. RTP Williams, Solicitors, Bridge Street, Haverfordwest


Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Records of the Mathias family of Llangwarren and Lamphey Court; Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, (Newport, 1996); National Library of Wales Journal, XIV (1965-66); Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 1952); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, (London, 1959).

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 the Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.

Custodial History

Henry Mathias was a member of the firm of Evans, Powell and Mathias, a predecessor of the firm of R.T.P. Williams.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Mathias family are Pembrokeshire Record Office, Papers of the Rind, Mathias, Bethel, Hole and Napier families