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Pontfaen estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 PONTFAEN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Pontfaen Estate Records

Short Title: Pontfaen estate, records

Creation date(s): 1394-[19 cent.]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.218 cubic metres (5 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Pontfaen and Orlandon estates


Administrative/Biographical history: The Vaughan family owned the Pontfaen estate, Pembrokeshire, since at least 1501 until the marriage in 1625 of Francis Laugharne, son of John Laugharne of St. Brydes, Pembrokeshire, and Lettice Vaughan, daughter and heiress of James Vaughan of Pontfaen. In 1750 or 1751, Anne Laugharne, daughter and heiress of William Laugharne of Pontfaen, married Rowland Philipps of Orlandon, Pembrokeshire, who then adopted the surname Philipps Laugharne. The Pontfaen and Orlandon estates then descended upon John Philipps Laugharne, John Edmund Philipps Laugharne (alive in 1816). His heir may have been Sir William Philipps Laugharne and, if so, the estates were in some financial difficulties by the mid-1820s at the latest. In 1823, the Pontfaen estate was sold to a Henry Rees of the parish of Roch, Pembrokeshire. In 1835, Sir William Laugharne Philipps conveyed in trust for sale the Orlandon estate and by 1839 it was the property of William Charles Allen Philipps.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds, probate records and family settlements, [early 13 cent.]-1861, 1896, relating to the Orlandon and Pontfaen estates, Pembrokeshire.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically apart from some items which were removed from the archive on receipt at NLW and arranged in the NLW MSS series; they are now NLW MSS 1444 and 1452.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue, under the former title Poyston Deeds, is available at NLW. An online catalogue under the current title, Pontfaen Estate Records, can be accessed from


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records bequeathed to NLW have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Bequeathed by Dr Henry Owen, Poyston, in 1918.



Note: Previously called Poyston Deeds. Title supplied from contents of fonds; previous title based on domicile of testator.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Poyston deeds; Genuki website, 15 October 2002; Jones, Francis, Historic Pembrokeshire Homes and their families (Newport, 2001).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2002

Laugharne family, | of Pontfaen | Archives
Orlandon Estate (Wales) | Archives
Pontfaen Estate (Wales) | Archives
Vaughan family, | of Pontfaen | Archives

Personal names
Laugharne family , of Pontfaen
Vaughan family , of Pontfaen

Corporate names
Orlandon Estate (Wales)
Pontfaen Estate (Wales)


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