"Callan", an incorporated market and post-town, and a parish (formerly a parliamentary borough), partly in the barony of Shillelogher, but chiefly in that of Kells, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 8 miles (S. by W.) from Kilkenny, and 65 1/2 miles (S. W. by S.) from Dublin; containing 6112 inhabitants. This is a place of considerable antiquity, and was the territory or ancient inheritance of the O'Glohernys and the O'Coillys or O'Callans: the Fforstalls or Forestalls, Butlers, and Comerfords had fortified castles here, the ruins of some of which yet exist. It was a walled town, as appears from the divers grants of murage to the local authorities.
The town is situated on the King's river, and on the mail coach road from Dublin, by way of Clonmel, to Cork; it is chiefly the property of the Viscount Clifden, and consists of four streets meeting in the centre, and in point of size ranks the second in the county. This appears to be a corporation by subscription; and it is recorded that William Mareschal, or Marshall, granted a charter to it in 1217.
The parish comprises 4700 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £5798 per annum; about 600 acres were enclosed under an act in 1831. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, united by council, in 1763, to the rectories and vicarages of Tullaroan, Tullamain, Coolaghmore, Killaloe, and Ballycallan, together forming the union of Callan, in the alternate patronage of the Crown and the Marquess of Ormonde. There are two churches in the union, one at Callan, and the other at Ballycallan. The parish church, which was very extensive, was formerly occupied by Canons Regular of the order of St. Augustine, under an abbot: the ante-chapel is in ruins, but displays two windows of beautiful design. The church at Ballycallan, distant about 4 miles, is a small edifice, built about 60 years since at the request of several of the inhabitants. There is no glebe-house: the glebe lands of the union are in divers places, and comprise 32 acres. In the R. C. divisions the parish is partly in the union or district of Ballycallan; and the remainder forms the head of a union, comprising also of the parishes of Coolaghmnore, Tullmain, Earlstown, and part of that of Kells, called Mallardstown. The latter union or district contains three parochial chapels, situated respectively at Callan, Newtown, and Coolagh.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]


Church Records

Civil Parish: Callan. RC Parish: Callan; also part Ballycallan.
Callan - Earliest Records: b. Jan 1821; m. Jan 1821.
Ballycallan - Earliest Records: b. May 1820; m. Jul 1820.

Cross reference to Family History Library microfilm (double-check with the Library)

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
Callan          Callan          1821-1880       0926189 

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The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.


Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
 Parish               Townland                Acres   Diocese 
Callan          Ballyclovan             192     Ossory     
Callan          Ballyclovan Meadows     42      Ossory     
Callan          Ballywalter             230     Ossory     
Callan          Baunoge                 159     Ossory     
Callan          Baunreagh               6       Ossory     
Callan          Baunta                  90      Ossory     
Callan          Baunta Commons          418     Ossory     
Callan          Bennettsmeadow          2       Ossory     
Callan          Bigmeadow               14      Ossory     
Callan          Blackstaff              23      Ossory     
Callan          Bolton                  133     Ossory     
Callan          Broadmore               102     Ossory     
Callan          Callan North            21      Ossory     
Callan          Callan South            96      Ossory     
Callan          Cannafahy               31      Ossory     
Callan          Cappahenry              12      Ossory     
Callan          Cappahenry East         49      Ossory     
Callan          Cappass                 56      Ossory     
Callan          Castletobin             85      Ossory     
Callan          Castletobin East        11      Ossory     
Callan          Castletobin West        67      Ossory     
Callan          Clashacollare           84      Ossory     
Callan          Commoge                 13      Ossory     
Callan          Coolalong               79      Ossory     
Callan          Corbally                61      Ossory     
Callan          Cornyeal                12      Ossory     
Callan          Crossoge                3       Ossory     
Callan          Curkacrone              45      Ossory     
Callan          Dirtystep               31      Ossory     
Callan          Drimeen                 59      Ossory     
Callan          Drimeen North           26      Ossory     
Callan          Drimeen South           5       Ossory     
Callan          Earlsland               61      Ossory     
Callan          Foulksrath              162     Ossory     
Callan          Graiguesmeadow          8       Ossory     
Callan          Haggartsgreen           109     Ossory     
Callan          Kilbride                2       Ossory     
Callan          Kilbride Glebe          39      Ossory     
Callan          Kilminnick East         18      Ossory     
Callan          Kilminnick West         68      Ossory     
Callan          Kylevehagh Commons      83      Ossory     
Callan          Lintaun                 86      Ossory     
Callan          Loughooly               23      Ossory     
Callan          Maxtown                 119     Ossory     
Callan          Minnauns                197     Ossory     
Callan          Moanamought Commons     53      Ossory     
Callan          Moankeal Commons        44      Ossory     
Callan          Moanmore Commons        281     Ossory     
Callan          Molassy                 169     Ossory     
Callan          Monarche Commons        389     Ossory     
Callan          Mullaunglass            4       Ossory     
Callan          Pawlerth                53      Ossory     
Callan          Prologue                39      Ossory     
Callan          Riversfield             69      Ossory     
Callan          Sheskin Commons         7       Ossory     
Callan          Skeaghacloran           204     Ossory     
Callan          Slade                   157     Ossory     
Callan          Tinnamoona              59      Ossory     
Callan          Westcourt Commons       118     Ossory     
Callan          Westcourt Demesne       140     Ossory     
Callan          Westcourt North         466     Ossory     
Callan          Westcourt South         19      Ossory     
Callan          Whitesland              106     Ossory     


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