Court of the Bishop of St. David's (Episcopal Consistory)

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This court had some influence in Hereford parishes. See Herefordshire, Pembrokeshire, South Wales probate jurisdictions for full details.

Step By Step

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will or administration (admon), writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to the "Probate Records of This Court" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Record Office (see below), or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. Visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records; then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any centers near you.


Online Probate Indexes

Here is an online Probate index from 1543-1858 at The National Library of Wales.

Printed Indexes

Probate Indexes 1600-1858

Administrations 1700-1740

Unproved Wills 1600-1858

Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, Series 5,vol. 4 Index to Wills Proved in the Court of the Bishop of Hereford 1444-1578

Index to wills proved in the Bishop's Court of Hereford 1442-1579, by Stephen J. Kelsey

Index to wills proved in the Bishop's Court of Hereford Before the Commonwealth Period 1601-1656 by Stephen J. Kelsey

Probate Indexes at the Family History Library

Probate Index, 1556-1858

Indexes in The Family History Library

The original and microfilmed records include indexes. The Family History Library has film copies of the following indexes:


Archives Location

Powys County Archives Office
Powys County Hall
Spa Road East
Llandrindod Wells
Tel: 44 (0)1597 826088



Archive Records

Original Wills, Administrations, & Inventories 1564; 1578; 1582--1858 (many missing years)

Register Copy Wills 1703-1858

Act Books 1836-1858

Family History Library Records

Admons, wills, and inventories, 1556-1858

Wills and administrations 1564-1836

Wills, administrations, inventories 1694-1858 (many missing years) with index

Will 1603-1703


This court held jurisdiction over the counties of Pembrokeshire, Cardiganshire, Camarthenshire and the following Glamorganshire parishes:

  • Cheriton
  • Ilston
  • Knelston
  • Llandeila
  • Tal-y-bont
  • Llanddewl
  • Llan-giwg
  • Llangennith
  • Llandgyfelach
  • Llanmadog
  • Llanrhidian
  • Llansamlet
  • Loughor
  • Nicholaston
  • Oxwich
  • Oystermouth
  • Pennard
  • Penmaen
  • Penrice
  • Port Einon
  • Reynoldston
  • Rhosli
  • Swansea