This name was probably derived from the ancient position of the Portreeve who looked after the comings and goings of a town in charge of tolls and markets. The Portreys of Boverton were the land agents of the Seys family of Boverton Place and lived at Tile House. As an agent, Christopher Portrey amassed his own fortune and his family members married other gentlemen farmers. There are several wills available e.g. Christopher Portrey, 1603. He was Constable of Llantwit Major at the time of ‘the great affray’ in the streets in 1597. there are also the wills of Rees Portrey and Ann Portrey.                                       [See Vol.7]