It all started with John Colby and coal mining, but there have been a number of key individuals at the estate since.
A landowner in Pembrokeshire who came to the area in the 1790s to mine coal. He was Lieutenant Colonel Colby of the Pembrokeshire Militia and Governor of Haverfordwest Castle at the time of the Last Invasion. He led the local militia against the last French invasion of Britain in 1797.
The militia marched through the night to Fishguard where Sir John Campbell of Stackpole took the French surrender.