Welsh Chilean

Welsh Chileans
Total population
(more than 30,000 residents)
Regions with significant populations
Spanish. Minority speaks Welsh as first language.
Roman Catholicism, Protestantism (Methodism, Presbyterianism, Episcopalianism et al.)
Related ethnic groups
Welsh people

Welsh Chileans are Chileans of Welsh descent whose family roots came from Wales. The Welsh did not settle in Chile. Generally, they were identified with the other British groups in Chile. About 30,000 residents of the Patagonia region have Welsh surnames. They are descendants of Welsh settlers in Y Wladfa who may have crossed the once disputed Argentina–Chile border and established farms or ranches in the late 19th century.

Notable Welsh Chileans

Edwards family

Watkins-Jones-Davis family

Map of 'Nueva Imperial', Chile, Drawn 1893 - Showing Land Plots Occupied by English (Welsh) Colony. Plots are located within the arc of the Chol-Chol river. Map Coordinates of plot 2: -38.710847,-72.949197

Plot 1 80 hectares Tomas Mathies with his sons Tomas & William Plot 2 20 ha Hugo Davies (Davis) Plot 3 74 ha Enrique Hainge and his sons Arturs & Heriberto Plot 4 40 ha Watkins (Elionor Jones) widow of W W (Watkin Watkins) Plot 5 60 ha Enrique Rowlands with his son John Plot 6 80 ha Evan Ollivier with his son William & David Plot 7 60 ha W William with his son Edwin Plot 8 20 ha Hijuela fiscal (Recently fiscal?) Plot 9 40 ha Tomas Davies Plot 10 40 ha Paul Evan Plot 11 80 ha John Davies with his sons Luis & Benjamin Plot 12 20 ha Jones Cristmans Plot 13 38 ha Tomas Morris Plot 14 38 ha Edwards Richards Plot 15 40 ha Chandler Plot 16 40 ha Roberts Beech Plot 17 40 ha Federico Yung Plot 18 40 ha Harris James Plot 19 20 ha Rigby Plot 20 20 ha Hewitt Plot 21 30 ha fiscal t. Plot 22 32 ha fiscal Plot 219a 80 ha Peter Pilkington with his sons Kaerhi and William Plot 204 50 ha Neculques Reserva indígena abandonada –

Map signed by Christian Sommermeier.

Copy of map held by The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, SY23 3BU. Ref: PE 3327 Box 1001. (Ceris Gruffudd) Original given by the Rowlands family and believed to be in the Melbourne Museum, Australia.

Hugo Davis of plot 2 married Widow Elionor Watkins nee Jones of Plot 4, and subsequently had 4 sons and 2 daughters. Family moved to Sewell, Rancagua to work in Copper Mines and Hugo Davis became an English Lecturer in Santiago. His book ‘Metodo Davis’, for learning English from Spanish, is in Bangor University Archives. His Welsh music and poetry are in The National Library of Wales Aberystwyth.

James H Davis - Oct 2009 (Grandson of Hugo Davis, Plot 2)

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