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Merionethshire County (Historic)
(Welsh: Sir Feirionnydd - Meirionnydd), also referred to as Merioneth, is one of the thirteen historic counties of Wales. It was formed in 1284 under the terms of the Statute of Rhuddlan from the Cantrefi of Meirionnydd, Dunoding (but only the larger Ardudwy commote) and Penllyn and the Lordship of Dinmael.
The administrative county of Merioneth was created under the Local Government Act 1888 effective April 1, 1889. The county was abolished under the Local Government Act 1972 on April 1, 1974 with most of the county becoming part of the newly formed county of Kingdom of Gwynedd. However, the Edirnion district in the east became part of the newly formed county of Clwyd.
The bulk of the land formed the Meirionnydd district of Gwynedd, with a small area in the north east (Edeirnion Rural District)becoming part of the Glyndŵr district of Clwyd. It remains one of the strongest Welsh-speaking parts of Wales.
External Merionethshire Resources
External Merionethshire Genealogy Resources
- Visitation(s) of England and Wales County Index lists surnames by county contained in the various volumes of Visitations files. This link goes to Merionethshire.
- FamilySearch - Family History Research Wiki
- FamilySearch - Wales Online Genealogy Records