Kirkhouse Family

The Late Henry Kirkhouse Esq 23.06.1866

It will be known with extreme regret, especially amongst the old inhabitants of Merthyr, that on Tuesday last the above esteemed gentleman somewhat suddenly breathed his last, at his residence, Maesymelyn, near Neath, whither he had removed from Llwyncelyn, some few years ago.

Mr. Kirkhouse was for more than a half century the principal underground agent at Cyfarthfa, and during the whole of that lengthened period retained the respect of all who came in contact with him, from Mr. Crawshay to the humblest miner. He, for many years occupied the position of guardian of the poor for this parish, and his knowledge of the people, their family history and habits, rendered his advice always the most valued and trustworthy. Mr. Kirkhouse was remarkable for his kindly and social qualities, and above all, for the sterling honesty which characterized all his professional and private relationships. He died in his eighty-fifth year, and one cannot but feel a peculiar sadness that in recording his death, it is the record of the severance of almost the last link that connects the earliest history of our town with its present position.

Mr. Thomas LL. Kirkhouse, Late of Cyfarthfa 13.10.1866

Those of our readers who were acquainted with Merthyr and its inhabitants some dozen years ago will, doubtless, join us in the regret we feel at the death of the above named gentleman. Mr Kirkhouse was for a number of years’ chief coal agent at Cyfarthfa, and in that capacity opened out the principal coal mines connected with the Cyfarthfa Works. He, with the late Mr Heppel, were then considered two of the most skilful coal agents in this valley, and at the time of the first accident at Gethin, it was generally stated by those acquainted with such matters that had Mr Kirkhouse’s plan for the ventilation of that pit been continued by his successor, no such accident would, in all probability, have occurred. He was a man in whose skill as a coal agent, and integrity as an employer, the workmen had unlimited confidence, and although he, like the best of men had his faults, yet such faults were, however overlooked in the deep sorrow which was felt when he left Merthyr for the United States

From information that has arrived, we learn that he died of inflammation, after a short illness, on the 9th ult., at Chippewa, in the township of Clinton, State of Ohio, at the age of 56. The late Mr Kirkhouse was son of Mr H. Kirkhouse, formerly of Llwyncelyn, and recently deceased. He has left a widow and several children in Merthyr to lament his loss, and we are sure when the information of his death will be known among his many friends here, they will also share in the sorrow of his family.

Bedlington Kirkhouse 08.04.1881


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that all Creditors, and other Persons having any Claims or Demands upon or against the Estate of BEDLINGTON KIRK HOUSE, late of Llwyncelyn, Merthyr Tydfil, in the County of Glamorgan, Mineral Surveyor, deceased, who died on the first day of March, 1881, and whose Will was proved by WILLIAM KIRKHOUSE, of Banbury, in the County of Oxford, accountant, in Her Majesty’s District Registry of the Court of Probate at Llandaff, on the 24th day of March, 1881, are hereby required to send in writing the particulars of their claims or demands to the undersigned, the Solicitors of the said William Kirkhouse, at their Offices, situate in Church-street, Merthyr Tydfil, aforesaid, on or before the 29th day of April, 1881. AND NOTICE IS HEREBY ALSO GIVEN, that at the expiration of the last-mentioned day the said William Kirkhouse will proceed to distribute the assets of the said Bedlington Kirkhouse amongst the parties entitled I thereto, having regard to the claims of which he shall then have had notice, and that the said William Kirkhouse will not be liable for the assets or any part thereof so distributed to any person of whose claim notice shall not have been given at the time of the said distribution.

Dated this 2nd day of April, 1881. 1579 SIMONS AND PLEWS, Solicitors for the said William Kirkhouse.

Cyfarthfa Church 14.05.1910

At Cyfarthfa Church on Sunday, the Rev. Howel Kirkhouse, M.A. (Vicar), who was at Oxford the same time as the late King was pursuing bis University career, made a touching reference to his Majesty. He said he was sure he expressed the feelings of the whole of the congregation when he said how deeply he lamented King Edward’s death. He was a Sovereign beloved throughout the world, and they could only hope that his successor would follow in his footsteps. The organist played the “Dead March” in “Saul”

Vaynor 16.07.1910

At Vaynor Parish Monday, the christening took place of Dorothy Margaret Williams Kirkhouse, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leolin Kirkhouse of Penrhadwy. The godmother was Miss of Hazel-road, Cardiff. The cereal performed by the Rev. D. H. Picton.


We regret to record the death of Mrs. D. Roberts, who lived near Cirencester. She was the second daughter of the, late Thomas Kirkhouse (Mary), of Pencoedcae, Heolgerrig, who was for some years colliery agent to the Cyfarthfa Collieries. She passed away after a long illness on the 20th September at her home. She was 64 years of age. Many expressions of sympathy have been received by her brother and sister. Miss Kirkhouse nursed her sister during her illness