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Old Llandoverian Society

Producing notable men and women for over 170 years

Welcome from the Chairman

Iestyn Thomas has been elected as the Chairperson of the Old Llandoverian Society. Iestyn has a long and close association with Llandovery College from his time as a pupil, parent and latterly as Head of Rugby. He has always been actively involved with rugby having played for, and coached, both London Welsh and Harlequins. In addition to his rugby career Iestyn is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Challenge Aid, a charity that helps disadvantaged children, establishing and supporting many Schools of Hope in Kenya....

I am delighted to have been elected Chairperson and look forward to working with as many former pupils as possible across all age groups. The aim of the Society is to bring Old Llandoverians together, enrich fellowship and to support Llandovery College itself.

One of our on-going priorities is to build upon the database, to update existing and capture new contact details so that we can inform a wider circle of people about the regular social and sporting events that we hold and about the work of the Society in general.

We are extremely proud of the achievements of our alumni, many of whom have excelled in their chosen field both at home and abroad. Everyone has a unique story to tell.

I am very much aware of the wealth of experience, knowledge and skill that together we hold and if you feel that you can help the Society in any way, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

If you are not already on our database and would like to receive information about the Society please email us on or telephone 01550 723000.

Iestyn Thomas

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Did you know...

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.

What's On

  • 3rd July 2021Reunion Meal

    This event has been postponed due to CoronaVirus

    The Event will now take place on 3rd July 2021.
    A fun reunion to be held in the Great Hall. Start rounding up your Year Group now to put a table together.
    Tickets £35.
    Please contact Ina Jones at or ring 01550 723060 to book.


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.
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In Memoriam

A record of Old Llandoverians who have recently passed away
Sam A Simon(OLl 1948 - 1954). A former Trustee of Llandovery College.
Rod Richards(OLl 1958 - 1964). Broadcaster and politician in both Westminster and the Welsh Assembly following his time at Llandovery College.
DTR (David) Davies(OLl 1958 - 1964). David was the son of the late vicar of Kenfig with Pyle and lived after his marriage in Bridgend.
David Lloyd (OLl 1962 - 1969). David worked in the family business in London before retiring to Llanelli. Brother to William (OLl 1960 - 1968).
Huw Miles(1964 -1969)
Sir David John K.C.M.G
Bill Baldon
Reverend Roger Thomas
Dillwyn Thomas - (41-43)
Lowell Williams Roberts(O.Ll 1939-1944)Lowell passed away in late January at the age of 92. He had been a veterinary surgeon practicing in Aberdare but more recently lived in Penarth.

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 Chairman, Iestyn Thomas on

    Old Llandoverian Society Membership Form

    College Memorabilia

    We stock a variety of Old Llandoverians merchandise, to purchase any items please contact the School Shop on:

    Postage and Packaging is £2.95 per item.