Place:St. Donats, Glamorgan, Wales

NameSt. Donats
Alt namesSain Dunwydsource: Welsh name for place
St. Donat'ssource: spelling variation
East Monktonsource: hamlet in parish
West Monktonsource: hamlet in parish
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.4057°N 3.531°W
Located inGlamorgan, Wales     ( - 1974)
Also located inSouth Glamorgan, Wales     (1974 - 1996)
Vale of Glamorgan, Wales     (1996 - )
See alsoOgmore Hundred, Glamorgan, WalesHundred in which the parish was located
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: The parish of Welsh St. Donats inland northeast of Cowbridge is a different place.

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

St Donats (Welsh: Sain Dunwyd) is a village and community (or civil parish) in the Vale of Glamorgan in south Wales, located just west of the small town of Llantwit Major. The community includes the hamlets of East Monkton and West Monkton. It is named after the 6th-century saint, Dunwyd, a friend of Saint Cadoc. It had a population of 732 in the UK census of 2011.

St. Donat's church lies in a depression and is unremarkable from the exterior but contains Stradling family monuments in the Stradling chapel. It is a 12th-century Grade I listed building with a Grade I listed medieval cross in the churchyard.

The village is internationally known as the location of the 12th century St. Donat's Castle which is now an international boarding school occupied by Atlantic College, the first of fourteen United World Colleges.

Saint Donat (Sveti Donat, Saint Donatus) (second half of 8th century - Zadar, Croatia first half of 9th century) was Dalmatian bishop and a diplomat of city of Zadar.

St. Donats also includes Marcross and Monknash hamlets. Before 1974 these were both civil parishes, and named Macroes and Yr As Fawr respectively.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Glamorgan Lots of leads to other sources and descriptions of former parishes.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki on Glamorgan has recently been updated (early 2016) and looks remarkably like Wikipedia. Their map "Glamorgan Parish Map.jpg" enlarges to show all the original parishes. The sub-section "Parishes of Historic Glamorgan" lists all the parishes of Glamorgan and the newer preserved counties and principal areas in both English and Welsh. (Currently this website is still under construction.)


The first three maps are provided by A Vision of Britain through Time

These maps were found on Wikimedia Commons

These maps of Glamorgan post-1974 were found on another site and are very useful for sorting out the up-to-date geography of the area

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