|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 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
- George Edwards Brown (1780–1848), British doctor and businessman, founder of the family in Chile
- Agustín Edwards Ossandón (1815–1878), businessman
- Agustín Edwards Ross (1852–1897), businessman and politician, purchased the Valparaíso, Chile edition of El Mercurio newspaper in 1880
- Agustín Edwards Mac Clure (1878–1941), businessman, diplomat and politician, President of the League of Nations and founder of the Santiago edition of El Mercurio newspaper
- Raul Edwards Mac Clure (?-1927), businessman and politician
- Joaquín Edwards Bello (1887–1968), writer and journalist
- María Edwards Mac Clure (1893–1972), Righteous Among the Nations
- Agustín Edwards Budge (1899-?), businessman
- Agustín Edwards Eastman (1928), businessman
- Jorge Edwards Valdés (1931) novelist, winner of the 1999 Cervantes Prize
- Cristian Edwards del Río, businessman and kidnapping victim
- Catalina Edwards, journalist, news presenter
Watkins - Jones - Davies families (Correction - Davis)
- Watkin Watkins (Cardiff, Wales) He was a politician in Wales and personal friend of David Lloyd-George. He moved to the Welsh colony in the Vesta ship and settled in Dolavon, Chubut. Later, he moved to Chile and obtained some lands in Nueva Imperial where he died. He left a wife (Ellen Jones) and three small children (Robert, Griffith and other).
- Robert Watkins Jones (1881, Trelew, Argentine - 19??, Parral, Chile) He is the eldest son of Watkin Watkins and Ellen Jones. He worked in Sewell, Rancangua. He left three children from his marriage with Rosa Urrutia (Megan, Robert and Ellen)
- Megan Watkins Urrutia (1912, Victoria, British Colony, Chile - 1988, Santiago, Chile), School Teacher.
- Florencia Barrientos Watkins (1947, Castro, Chile), University professor.
- Eugenio Chinchon Barrientos (1973, Calama, Chile), Electrical Engineer (Universidad de Chile) and MBA (Smurfit School of Business). He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Map of 'Nueva Imperial', Chile, Drawn 1893 - Showing Land Plots Occupied by English (Welsh) Colony. Plots are located within the arc of the 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 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 Clr 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 Rowland family and believed to be in the Melbourne Museum, Australia.
Hugo Davis of plot 2 married Widow Ellen 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.