In the 15th century Robert Raglan ,of the Monmouthshire Herbert family, was given lands around Llantwit Major for having fought at Agincourt. John Raglan, the grandson of Robert settled here and the family became patrons of the bards and of the Church and constructed several of the outstanding buildings in the town.


This name relates to several Price families in the area.
Jane Price of Cwrt Carnau, Penllegaer, married Rev. Evan Seys and gave birth to the last of the Boverton Seys, Jane, b.1750, who married Robert Jones of Fonmon. Her brother, Thomas bought Dyffryn St. Nicholas.
Benjamin Price of Flanders Farm was a wealthy currier here in the nineteenth century.
The Price family  of The Hayes was headed by Richard Price who made his fortune as a builder and who  built this large house near the Town Hall in 1889. He married Jane Andrews and here they brought up six children. One of the most notable was Andrew Price who served in South Africa early in the 18th century. [See Vol.2]


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]


The Carne family seat was at Nash Manor. They owned large areas of land which in 1798 were inherited by Eleanor Carne of Nash, who married Thomas Markham of Cheltenham from whom there was no heir. The lands, in1842,went to Elizabeth Carne , a cousin, who married the Rev. Robert Nicholl, one of the children of Whitlock. By a marriage agreement, the Carne family name was linked with that of Nicholls. They lived at Dimlands.


The family was first resident at Ty Mawr, High St. where John Nicholl lived until 1599. His son and heir took up residence at another Llantwit property, The Ham. He was called Illtyd after the founding Saint of Llantwit Major. This became a given name for the Nicholls through succeeding generations. The family sons followed the professions, the law, the Church, medicine. The Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1746 was Whitlock Nicholl who had 14 children.
The family also had property  in Monmouthshire near Tredunnock, and at Usk, which came to the family when George Nicholl married Eleanor Bond. The last of the Nicholls at the Ham was Mary Nicholl who died in 1905, and the last at Llanmaes, another Nicholl home, was Illtyd Bond Nicholl who died in 1941.   [See Vol.7]


MABON, was the bardic name of William Abraham (1842-1922). Born in Cwmafan, he worked in collieries from the age of ten, but gained a reputation as a skilled negotiator with the mine owners. He became agent for the Cambrian Miners Association, and later treasurer for the Miners Federation of Great Britain, the most influential miner’s leader of his time.
From 1885 to 1910 he was MP for the Rhondda, first for the Liberals, then for Labour.
He had a holiday home in Llantwit Major at Bryn Illtyd, later the house where Glyn Daniel was brought up.


Daniel Hopkin came from a humble family in Llantwit Major where his father had been a farm labourer but died in 1893 when Daniel was seven. Daniel was encouraged in the elementary school and later went to Carmarthen College, then to Cambridge to read law. He became a Labour MP for Carmarthen, then in 1941 he became a Metropolitan Magistrate, eventually presiding at Marlborough Street Court. He died in 1951.[See Vol.1]


This is one of the oldest surnames associated with Llantwit Major, first appearing, with the Nicholls’, in an Inquisition Post Mortem for 1492, detailing the state of the Manor of Boverton and Llantwit Major. It seems that Robert Deere had benefitted from the decline of the manorial system to acquire his own plot of land. The Deeres were linked with Six Wells Farm acquired in 1505 when John Deere of the Court House married the daughter of David ap Howell of Llandow. They were sufficiently wealthy enough to build a sizable farmhouse which existed until the farm disappeared under the runways of RAF Llandow. The family were considered to be minor gentry and acceptable marriage partners for the likes of the Nicholls’ and the Seys’.The association with Six Wells ended in 1757. According to the Hearth tax Assessment of 1670, seven people with the surname Deere had property in the village, including Iltyd who ran two mills. (Iltyd Deere became a common name throughout the subsequent centuries.) During the eighteenth century the name crops up as lawyers, as Freemen of Cardiff and from the nineteenth century on in almost every aspect of life in Llantwit Major and it continues until this day.


Professor William H. Davies was Professor of Classics at Aberystwyth U. C. W. from 1947-1974. He was educated at Llantwit Major elementary school, Barry Boys Grammar School and University College Cardiff. He furthered his studies at Rome and Harvard and was very interested in the local archaeological sites at Caer Mead and the Monastery Field. Unfortunately ill health prevented him developing these interests on his retirement.[See Vol. 4]


Professor Glyn E. Daniel of Cambridge University was also a TV personality in the 1950s as chairman of the quiz show ‘Animal,Vegetable or Mineral.’ He was educated at Llantwit Major where his father was the headmaster of the elementary school. For his secondary education Glyn went to Barry County School for Boys and onto Cambridge in 1923 where he read Archaeology and Anthropology. He became a Fellow of St. John’s College and Disney Professor of Archaeology.[See Vol 3]

Read about ‘Animal, Vegetable, Mineral’ here at the BBC : BBC TV ‘Animal, Vegetable, Mineral’