Welcome to the website of the Sir William Vaughan Trust based in Trepassey and St John's, Newfoundland.  We hope it will help kindle and sustain your interest in the work of the Trust.

Incorporated as a not for profit corporation in February 2013, the Trust's main objective is to help better understand the Welsh legacy from 17th century Newfoundland and the role played in particular by Sir William Vaughan and his Cambriol settlement. We start with the premise that in spite of major contributions, the role of the Welsh in Early Modern Newfoundland has been largely forgotten. This loss of historical memory should be of interest not only to those of Welsh ancestry but  to students of history generally.


The Trust's objectives also include helping create economic development opportunities for the Town of Trepassey which was likely the capital of Cambriol.


New Articles Added to Website


New articles on the Welsh in Newfoundland - recently published in the US-based Welsh North American newspaper, Ninnau - are

now available in the Publications section of our website (under Articles & Presentations) and are accessible here and here.


Trust Launches

GoFundMe Campaign

The Trust has launched a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of raising $10,000! 


Funds raised will be used by the Trust  to continue our research, including archival research in Wales and England, and further archaeological work in Trepassey. All donations in any amount gratefully accepted.

Go here for more information and to donate.