the death of Issabelle Godynogh on 23 April, 1413 is recorded in the Caernarfon Book of Hours (N. The Injunction of 1538 relating to the keeping of parish registers was repeated by Edward VI in 1547 with the variation that the fine of 3s 4d was to be used for the poor of the parish.4 A similar order was issued by Elizabeth in 1559, the 3s 4d fine was by this order, however, directed to be divided equally between the poor and the repair of the church .7 Estimates relating to the early parish registers extant in England vary. 8 There are very many registers in England with entries starting in 1558 or 1559 because the parishes took advantage of the special emphasis upon transcribing the old registers from the first year of Elizabeth's reign contained in the constitutions of 1598 but did not copy the earlier entries.9 There were over nine hundred ancient parishes and chapelries in Wales but I know of only one parish, Gwaunysgor, co.After the Restoration most registers were kept in Latin and this continued until the end of the century when the use of English becomes more common.Welsh was used occasionally in the registers, most frequently in the mid-eighteenth century, but entries in Welsh occur only in a few parishes and for very short periods.The coffer was to have two locks, one key being kept by the clergyman and the other by the churchwardens.
13 There are no transcripts for practically the whole of the eighteenth century for the parishes in the archdeaconry of Cardigan and in the archdeaconry of St. There are very few transcripts for parishes in the diocese of Llandaff before 1723.The majority of the registers remain in the custody of the incumbents of the various parishes but there is an arrangement for the deposit of the original registers in the National Library for preservation and repair, and the provision by the Library of photocopies to be kept in the appropriate parishes.Another source used in this study was the replies to the questionnaire relating to parochial records sent to parishes by the Library in the period 1933-1940.It is probable that records relating to important families had been kept before this time by the religious houses and by the clergy, but I know of no evidence relating to the keeping of any parish register in Wales before 1538. Poets and genealogists also recorded dates of births and deaths in their manuscripts 3 and dates are often given in verse in the eulogies and elegies of the sixteenth and seventeenth century Welsh poets.Records were sometimes kept in missals and other religious manuscripts e.g. Such details are rare before the introduction of the official registers but they can be important because so few early registers have survived in Wales.