Old Llandoverian Membership

In a meeting of the Old Llandoverian Society Committee in 2002, it was agreed unanimously that a minimum subscription of £25 per annum (VP Club & O.Ll. Membership: £60 per annum) be charged to each Old Llandoverian who wanted to become a subscribed member of the Society. These subscriptions help to make the Society more vibrant and provide a better service to its members and the College. In recent years, funds from the Old Llandoevrian Society have helped finance the redecoration of the Old Llandoervian Room in College (previously the Warden’s Study).
It is hoped that sometime in the near future the Society will fundraise for another project in the College. With this in mind, you may wish to contribute more than the minimum through our Just Giving page (link below). All donations will be acknowledged.
If you would like to become a subscribed member, or if you have a query on any point relating to the above, please do not hesitate to contact the Society:

Old Llandoverian Society Just Giving Page:

Any donation, large or small, is greatly appreciated. We thank you for your continued support.

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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

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.