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"KĪLKENNIN (CĪL-CENIN), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 9 1/4miles (N. W. by N.) from Lampeter, comprising the Upper and Lower hamlets, each of which maintains its own poor, and containing 695 inhabitants. This place is remarkable in history as the scene of a slaughter committed, in 1210 by Rhys and Owain ab Grufydd, at the head of a chosen band of three hundred men, on a superior body of English and Welsh troops, under the command of their uncle Maelgwyn,...."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Business and Commerce

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Held at Ceredigion Archives;

Church History

Holy Trinity Church - photograph on Dyfed FHS CILCENNIN, Holy Trinity 1823  - on the Church plans online site

Some church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G   Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,   Cardiff, 1976. The names are those of the informants.

Parish entry for Cilcennin with Llanbadarn Trefeglwys from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1734-1993. Marriages 1734-1971 . Burials 1734-1992  NLW/Cer.RO
Marriages 1724-1837 Cer.RO
See Parish Register of Llanbadarn Trefeglwys for entries covering 1724-1733.

Bishop's Transcripts;
1678, 1681-83, 1685, 1811-1839, 1841-1857, 1863-1873 NLW.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

IGI has baptisms 1724-1875.

Index to Burials from Parish Registers 1813-1837 available for purchase from  Cardiganshire Family History Society Volume 3: Ilar (Lower) Hundred . Parishes covered: Cilcennin, Henfynyw, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys, Llanddeiniol, Llanddewi Aberarth, Llangwyryfon, Llanrhystud, Llansantffraid, Llanychaiarn, Trefilan

For Parochial Records, see under Public Records

Nonconformist Chapels;  see Chapels database


Description and Travel

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, I.G. & Williams, D.   UWP,   Cardiff, 1976.  These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

Places, villages, farms etc within Cilcennin   as shown on the online parish map from the CD of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Gareth Hicks)

Description of Cilcennin parish from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales  1833 by Samuel Lewis.

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1910

Iron Age hillfort at Cilcennin - on the WWAA site


Jones, Ben A. Atgofion Ceredigion: Y Byd o Ben Trichrug. Aberystwyth , 1959. Stories about the places and characters around Cilcennin.


"In 1818 six families from the Cilcennin area set sail from Aberaeron Wales to the United States. After a long and wretched journey across the Atlantic they hired covered wagons for another long and hazardous trek across the mountains of Pittsburgh. There they placed their meager possessions on crude rafts and journeyed down the Ohio River -  ............
From the Welsh-American Heritage Museum site


Jones, David Lewis. The Colonel, The Judge and Cilcennin. Cardiganshire FHS journal, Vol 3/1, Feb 2002. One story from the emigration from Cilcennin in 1818 to Paddy's Run, Butler County, Ohio which was led by John Jones of Tirbach, Cilcennin.


Davies, T I.   The James family of Tyglyn Aeron  (NLW's site)   Ceredigion  Vol IV


The book   Mynegai i Ceredigion 1-X, edited by Howells,W.H.  1990,  ["Index to Ceredigion" ] has thirty references to Cilcennin.

Meyrick, Sir Samuel Rush.(1783-1848) The History and Antiquities of the county of Cardigan. Collected from the few remaining documents which have escaped the ravages of time, as well as from actual observation. Longman: London ,1810. The history and antiquities of the County of Cardigan ... to which are now added a parliamentary history, list of High Sheriffs, some notes on the present county families, &c., &c. repr. Brecon: 1907. This 1907 print  has now been reprinted. The section relating to this parish is on pages 257/9; the church is a vicarage, the last 4 incumbents were 1732 David Jones, 1739 Howel Howels, 1752 Vavasor Davies, 1796 Timothy Evans. Mentioned is Plas Cilcennyn formerly residence of Harry Vaughan, sheriff for the county.

Land and Property

Documents held at the NLW :
Cardiganshire Rentals ;
19-20. Lordship of Anhuniog, 1925 (Betws Leucu, Cilcennin, Ciliau Aeron, Henfynyw, Llanfair Clydogau).

An Assessment made in pursuance of an Act of Parliament passed in the 38th year of His Majesty's reign, for granting an aid to His Majesty by a Land Tax to be raised in Great Britain, for the sevice of the year 1798. [From the Ceredigion; Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society Vol VI/1 1968]. This is a list of properties in Cilcennin parish  subject to the tax together with the names of the owners and occupiers


View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

Public Records

Parochial Records at the NLW;


Here is an extract from The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847


This page has been partly compiled from material previously published in their journal
by kind permission of Cardiganshire Family History Society

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