Old Llandoverians

Welcome from the Chairman

Welcome to the Old Llandoverian section of the Llandovery College website. Information on this page will tell you more about us and our activities and will also enable you, through social media platforms, to interact with other members of the society.

The Old Llandoverian Society exists to maintain strong links between all those who have experienced the Llandovery College way of life. We are immensely proud of the achievements of our alumni, many of whom have become leaders in varied fields. We are equally proud of the strong sense of community that Old Llandoverians have with one another and with the institution, many of whom have gone on to send their children and grandchildren to the College.

The Society arranges regular social and sporting events linking the generations; please get in touch if you would like to know more about forthcoming events.

Whilst we maintain our ethos the Society must continue to evolve and develop and it is vital that we have the support of all Old Llandoverians to do so.

Rowland Rees – Evans


Support Us

Llandovery College seeks to provide a truly transforming experience in which intellectual, artistic, sporting, spiritual and social development is at the heart. Llandoverians and their parents join a caring community that recognises and nurtures the innate ability in every individual.

The College aims to produce grounded young men and women capable of tackling like’s challenges with confidence, determination and cheerfulness.

Your support is vital to help us achieve our mission and we thank you for helping us in our endeavour. Philanthropy is at the heart of the development of Llandovery College and, with your help, we can invest in our school today to ensure its success in the future.
Llandovery College welcomes support from generous and kind donations.

There are a wide variety of ongoing and future projects that require investment and your support is much appreciated by current and future generations of pupils.

To donate and support Llandovery College, Llandovery College Prep School or our Nursery please contact:

01550 723 000

Gifts by Bequest to the Llandovery College Foundation

Making a Will is an important responsibility. We would be delighted if you wanted to show your support for Llandovery College by making a codicil in your Will benefiting the Foundation (Charity Number 1148827).

Tax Efficient Giving and your Estate in the UK

By making a gift to the Llandovery College Foundation, you may find that you significantly reduce the Inheritance Tax liability imposed on all estates valued above £325,000 (2014) of up to 40%. Please consult legal advice for more precise information about how your legacy to the Llandovery College Foundation would ease the impact of taxation on your estate.

The Wording and Beneficiaries of your Gift

Individuals often wish to leave a bequest in support of a particular activity or function at the College. Please bear in mind that subject areas, teachers and activities change over time, and the more specific your codicil, the more difficult it may be to apply it according to your wishes. Please consider giving to more general areas of support (ie to ‘Sports’ rather than to ‘Rugby’, to ‘Languages’ rather than to ‘Greek’). Alternatively, you might provide a secondary option should the trustees be unable appropriately to allocate your gift to your first option. We would prefer if the secondary option left the allocation of your gift to the discretion of the Llandovery College Foundation Trustees.

Informing Llandovery College

In due course, the Llandovery College Foundation will be notified by the executors of a Will if we have been named as beneficiaries. However, it helps us to plan for the future more effectively if we are informed in advance that we have been nominated in this way. Please consider advising us of your generosity if you decide to make us the beneficiaries of part or all of your estate.

Legal Advice

The advice herein is only a general introduction. Please do ensure that you receive legal advice to ensure that your wishes are stated clearly in the terms of your Will.
There are various types of legacies. The examples below are suggestive of ways in which you might wish to give.

Pecuniary Legacy

This is the simplest form of legacy, though the value of such a bequest remains static and therefore erodes with inflation. If you write a codicil for a pecuniary legacy which names Llandovery College Foundation as a beneficiary, you might want to consider leaving a percentage of your estate rather than a fixed sum.

Residuary Legacy

The residue of your estate is the amount remaining once all the pecuniary legacies, debts and other charges have been paid. You might decide to leave the whole, or part of the residue, to the Llandovery College Foundation. The advantage of this form of legacy is that its value is not eroded by inflation.

Reversionary Legacy

A reversionary legacy can benefit both your family and friends, and the school at a later date. Under this arrangement, certain assets can be left to a chosen beneficiary for their lifetime, after which a part or all of them revert to the Llandovery College Foundation.

Specific Legacy

Legacies need not simply involve money. Gifts such as works of art, property, or stocks and shares may also be left to the Llandovery College Foundation.

Conditional Legacy

A conditional legacy allows for circumstances in which named dependents die before you. Your estate would then be left to the Llandovery College Foundation and to any other named beneficiaries.

Legal Advice

The advice herein is only a general introduction. Please do ensure that you receive legal advice to ensure that your wishes are stated clearly in the terms of your Will.
We stock a variety of Old Llandoverians merchandise, to purchase any items please contact the School Shop on: schoolshop@llandoverycollege.com

What’s On

Old Llandoverian Day – Saturday 8 December


For over 170 years Llandovery College is proud to have produced notable men and women who have gone on to make their mark in the world. With an outstanding rugby heritage the College has over 50 former pupils having notched up close to 550 caps for Wales – a record that eclipses that of any other Welsh School in the history of the game.
View Notable Alumni
  • Staff-Surgeon A R Bankart appointed Honorary Physician to King Edward V11
  • M S David appointed Mathematical Tutor to Prince Edward and Prince Albert, the young sons of the Prince of Wales in 1905
  • E J Davies Crown Counsel for Kenya and Attorney General of Singapore.
  • D Percy Davies Chairman of the Directors and Editor of the News of the World.
  • Alfred George Edwards (1848–1937), Archbishop of Wales
  • T Elias appointed to the Editorial staff of The Daily Chronicle
  • G M Evans Assistant Secretary to the Committee of Ministers on Irish Home rule 1920.and Principal Private Secretary to
  • the Minister of Labour in 1938.
  • Captain Ernest Evans. M P for the University of Wales 1924.
  • Owen Evans MP for Cardiganshire 1933.
  • Deian Hopkin (1944–), historian
  • Carwyn James (1929-1983), Teacher and Coach at Llandovery College; rugby player and coach, Welsh international
  • Vivian Jenkins (1911-2004), Welsh rugby and cricket international; sports journalist
  • Mervyn Johns (1899-1992), film and TV actor
  • Dill Jones (1923–1984), jazz pianist
  • Ernest Jones (1879–1958), Welsh neurologist, psychoanalyst and official biographer of Sigmund Freud
  • D C Harvard played the part of Hans Christian Anderson in a biographical film.
  • Gwyn Jones, Former Welsh International rugby captain
  • J Arnallt Jones Honorary Surgeon to the King. 1914
  • Alun Wyn Jones (1985–), Welsh and British Lions international rugby player
  • Rhodri Jones (1991 – ), Welsh International rugby player
  • Charles Lewis, the second Wales international rugby union captain 1882-83
  • Colonel D J Lickbury Controller of the Post Office Savings Bank. 1934.
  • W. Llewelyn Williams MP Carmarthen Borough 1906
  • O Lloyd Evans, F R Chilver and Kingsley Jayne on the staff of The Times
  • Reverend E S Loveday Vicar of St Martin's in the Fields appointed Chaplain to the King in 1946.
  • Canon H T Marrey Jones. Archdeacon of Brazil.
  • Sir Frederick Menzies Honorary Physician to the King in 1938.
  • James Merriman (1984–), Welsh U21, captain of Welsh 7s, squad member for World 7s victory in Dubai 2009
  • George North (1992 -) Welsh International Rugby Player
  • Rachel Poolman (1987–), Welsh international with 22 caps
  • Andy Powell (1981–), Welsh and British Lions international rugby player
  • Colonel R G Pritchard. Director of Fortifications and Works Branch at the War Office in 1939.
  • Craig Quinnell (1975–), Welsh International rugby player
  • R G Rees represented Oxford v Cambridge at billiards.
  • William Rees (1808-1873), printer and publisher
  • Llywarch Reynolds (1843–1916), Welsh solicitor and Celtic scholar
  • G T Richards played for The All Canada Rugby XV touring Japan in 1932.
  • Rod Richards (1947–), Conservative Party politician
  • Rhydian Roberts (1983–), X-Factor runner up; former head boy; 1st XV
  • H Wood Robinson Assistant superintendent on the Indian State Railway.
  • Peter Rogers (1969–), Welsh International rugby player
  • W S Rowlands Professor of Philosophy at the government college, Jubbulpore, India
  • S V Swash. Chairman of F W Woolworth & Co.
  • James R Talbot. Chief test-pilot for Handley- Page Company.
  • David Vaughan Thomas (1873-1934), Composer
  • Rhian Wyn Thomas (1988–), Welsh international golfer
  • Sir Daniel Lleufer Thomas was presented with the Cymmrodorion Medal for the promotion of love of art, literature and science in Wales.
  • W. Llewelyn Williams (1867–1922), Liberal Party politician
  • The Most Reverend G.O. Williams (1913–1990), Bishop of Bangor and Archbishop of Wales

In Memoriam

A record of Old Llandoverians who have passed away
Dr Iwan Bryn Williams – Physics. A north Walian from Barmouth, he joined the staff in 1960 from Aberystwyth University as a Physics master. He became the first housemaster of Tŷ Illtyd. He eventually returned to north Wales to become headmaster of Ysgol y Berwyn, Y Bala. He died in 2017.
Richard M T Evans 1957 – 1964 Ty Cadog. Member of the Senior Dramatic Society. Sub-editor of School Journal. Thomas Phillips Scholar of the School. Thomas Phillips Exhibition to Jesus College Oxford. Solicitor in Llanelli
Richard J Williams 1978 - 1982. Double first from Cambridge. Died 19 January 2018 in Chicago after a long illness. A memorial service for Richard, late of Brane Villa, Llandovery, brother of Andrew, was held in the Llandovery College Chapel on Saturday 19 May 2018 and a plaque in his memory will be awarded to the winning house on Sports Day

Our Founder

Thomas Phillips, the founder of Llandovery College, was 88 years old when the College opened. He was born in London of Radnorshire parentage; he returned to Wales when he was young and received some education there and, maybe, a smattering of Welsh. For some time in his early teens he was apprenticed to a surgeon and apothecary at Hay-on-Wye.

Most of Phillips’ life was spent outside Wales and this was also to have a direct bearing on Llandovery College. After qualifying as a surgeon in London in 1780, he joined the navy and spent the following two years serving King and country mainly in Canadian waters. He then entered the service of the East India Company and spent most of the following thirty years in the sub-continent. There, he combined medicine with commerce. He also came into possession of an estate on the West Indian island of St Vincent. He returned to London in 1817 a rich man where “he spent the rest of his days in acts of charity, kindness and hospitality”.

Despite his wide travels, he kept up his connection with Wales; he often used to visit Hay-on-Wye, and sent parcels of goods for the poor of the town.

Phillips was a major benefactor of St David’s College, Lampeter, founded in 1822, and it was his dealings with this college that proved to be the decisive event that fathered Llandovery College. Early in 1847, he was hoping to endow a Welsh Professorship at Lampeter, but the authorities refused to accept his endowment. By May 1847 Phillips had changed his mind, and began to think in terms of an endowed school.

He gave £4,666 to set up the Welsh Educational Institution, as the College was originally known, he presented 7,000 books and established 20 scholarships. He was to enjoy the best of health until a month before his death in his ninety-second year.

Branch Information

Old Llandoverian branches are based in:
  • London
  • South East Wales
  • South West Wales
To join a branch please contact Old Llandoverian Liason Officer, Mike Powell on mip@llandoverycollege.com

Old Llandoverian Society Membership Form