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Edern / Edeyrn

"EDEYRN, a parish in the hundred of Dinlaen, county Carnarvon, 2 miles W. of Nevin. The hamlets of Din-llyn, Perth, and Garswylld are included in this parish The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bangor, value with the curacies of Carngiwch and Pistill annexed, £362, in the patronage of the bishop." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


Rules of the Edeyrn Friendly Society : established 1859. Carnarvon : Printed by G. Parry, 1859.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Edern / Edeyrn area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

There are photographs of the following chapels on the site;
Capel Edern (CM)

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 11, North Wales. Ed. by Ieuan Gwynedd Jones, UWP, 1981. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Edeyrn Parish; Statistics; Area 1380 acres; Population 297 males, 347 females, total 644

  • Edern Parish Church         Attendance - usual - 20/25          Informant; John Williams
  • Edeyrn Chapel, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist           Erected    1760, rebuilt 1804 and 1842            Attendance - morning 315, afternoon 300 scholars, evening 431      John Hughes, Elder, Cefn Edeyrn

Church Records

Joyce Hinde has supplied a list of Parish Registers held at the Caernarfon Area Record Office.

Edern Manuscripts (.. relates in the main to.. Ellis James, who farmed the Vaynol home farm near Bangor) - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"These include accounts relating to Edern C.M. Chapel, 1806-1827; ....... detailed notes of proceedings of, and sermons preached at, the Arfon Monthly Meeting, 1848-1875; notes of proceedings at C.M. Assemblies held in Caernarvonshire, 1853-1858 and the Associations of 1864 and 1870....."

Description and Travel

Edeyrn and Porthdinllaen - on the site

You can see pictures of Edern / Edeyrn which are provided by:



Glanrhyd papers  1780-1964 (predominantly 1826-1918) - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Papers of the Hughes family of Glanrhyd, Edern....."
"Additional deposit include; papers for the locality of Edern, including records of the Porthdinllaen branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, 1949-1979; papers relating to the South Caernarfon Creameries acquired by J. E. Roberts; religious papers, 1839-1987, concerning various chapels and minister of religion in Caernarfonshire......"

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Edern / Edeyrn has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Land and Property

Penybryn (Edern) Papers - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"Includes; Deeds and other documents relating to Penybryn and other properties mainly in Edern, Nefyn, 1609-1906


Gwynedd Family History Society  have a diagram of the ecclesiastical parishes of Caernarfonshire (under Parishes)  - with some links to photographs of parish churches

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SH279395 (Lat/Lon: 52.925241, -4.561678), Edern / Edeyrn which are provided by:

Public Records

Edern Rate Books and Highways Accounts 1860-1885 - details of extant records on Archives Network Wales
"............. which include particulars of manual work and signatures of workers..."