"KÎLGERRAN ( CÎL-GARON), a parish (formerly an incorporated market town) in the hundred of KÎLGERRAN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 2 1/4 miles (S S.E.) from Cardigan, containing 879 inhabitants. . . It is now only a small village, consisting of one street, about half a mile in length, the houses in which are mean, straggling, and irregularly built, with the church at the western extremity. The river Teivy, which runs on the east and north to its estuary below Cardigan, here winds in beautiful and majestic reaches through the vale to which it gives name, and which at every bend presents some fresh features of novel and picturesque beauty . . . There are extensive slate quarries in the parish, which are actively worked, and enjoy a facility of communication with the sea by means of the Teivy . . . The church, dedicated to St. Llawddog, is an ancient structure, in the early style of English architecture, and in tolerably good repair, with a square tower at the western end; in the churchyard there is a rude stone, bearing an inscription now illegible, but evidently a Roman monumental stone. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Calvinistic Methodists. A school, in which about forty children are instructed, is supported by contributions from the gentry resident in the vicinity. The ruins of the castle rank among the most striking, extensive, and picturesque remains of the ancient fortresses in South Wales . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]



The 1851 census for this parish has been indexed by Dyfed Family History Society.

Census Returns for this parish have the following LDS Call Numbers:

  • 1841 Census - 0464344
  • 1851 Census - 0104239
  • 1861 Census - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850859
  • 1881 Census - 1342307
  • 1891 Census - 6099654

Church History

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

  • Kilgerran Parish Church D Evans, Rector
  • Penod (or Penuel?) [ see under Church Records] Babtist Erected in 1820 Maurice Evans, Babtist Minister
  • Tabernacle CM Erected in 1763, re-erected in 1822 Ebenr Bowen, Steward
  • "Ty Rhos" Chapel Ind Erected in 1810 David Thomas, Deacon, Fynnonau Gleision, Nr Boncath [This return is endorsed '8 Monnington Church missing']

Parish entry from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Llawddog
  • Incumbent and Curates; H Howell
  • Rural Deanery of Emlyn
  • Acreage 2,690; Population 904

Cilgerran Church on the People's Collection Wales site

Photographs of chapels on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Babell Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Cilgerran
  • Penuel Welsh Baptist Chapel, Cilgerran
  • Penybryn Welsh Baptist Chapel
  • Ty Rhos Welsh Independent Chapel, Rhos Hill,

A ladies' Sunday School class, Babell Chapel, Cilgerran, 1906 on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records

    Parish registers: Christenings (1708-96, 1806-1992), Marriages (1708-1970), Burials (1708-96, 1806-1961) at NLW with Mf/fac copies at Pem.RO

    Copy ts PR/BT M pre 1813 with index at NLW and Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-6, 1678-85, 1687, 1689, 1702-3, 1705, 1799-1805, 1807-62, 1871, 1873-80, 1882, 1885-7) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105135.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg


    Rowlands, Sheila. Pembrokeshire marriages pre-1813: indexes and transcripts. v. 7. Cilgerran Hundred Aberystwyth, S. & J. Rowlands, (1900).

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Penuel, in Cilgerran village [Baptists, 1820]. Records; See Cilfowyr SN19684287 Built 1820, present chapel built 1861-2 Still open 1998 Coflein On Dyfed FHS
    • Tabernacle, in Cilgerran village [Calvinistic Methodists, 1795]. Records ; births and baptisms, 1820-36, PRO RG4/2488 and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 813551, IGI See Babell below
    • Babell CM chapel, High St, Cilgerran SN19504299 Built 1795, rebuilt 1822, modified, altered or rebuilt 1863/4 and 1891 Still open 2000) Coflein On Dyfed FHS Still open in 2006 This looks to be the same place as Tabernacle above
    • Ty-rhos, in Ty-rhos [Independents, 1815]. Records ; See Brynberian, Lower Chapel and Capel Mair On Dyfed FHS Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
      Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Jan 2009)

    Description & Travel

    Cilgerran - on Wikipedia

    Various photographs of Cilgerran and surrounds - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Cilgerran Castle - photographs with with brief history on the Aberystwyth.com site

    You can see pictures of Cilgerran which are provided by:



    Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1830. Here are Extracts for Kilgerran

    Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844. Here are Extracts for Kilgerran



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

    Transcript of complete entry in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales of 1833.



    The Band of the Cardigan Volunteer Corps waiting at Cilgerran station to welcome Lt. Colby of Ffynnone home from the Boer War, c.1902 - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Repairing the bridge at Pont-rhyd-y-ceirt, 1920. Johnny Michael, the conductor of Cilgerran Children's choir, can be seen standing on the left with his children, Teifryn and Tegwyn - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Colyer, Richard. Welsh Cattle Drovers in the Nineteenth Century - 1 National Library of Wales journal. 1972, Winter Volume XVII/4. Here is a short extract; - "...The majority of the cattle were purchased by dealers and drovers at local fairs, many of which were on a vast scale. When the Rev. Evans visited Cilgerran Fair near Cardigan in 1804, he noted that all the fields within three miles of the village were full of cattle, and that, '... the number of cattle, though this was considered a small fair, we were informed exceeded 20,000'. By the close of the 19th century, the summer and autumn fairs of Cilgerran were inundated with drovers intent upon purchasing cattle for the English market. One resident vividly remembers cattle lining the streets from the Rectory to the Station. She remembers also the inconvenience of having to vacate her room in her parent's public house in the village in order that the drovers could be accommodated for the duration of the fair...."

    Craster, O. E. (Oswin Edmund) . Cilgerran Castle, Pembrokeshire . London : H.M.S.O., 1957,1960 12p.Series title Ministry of Works official guide-book

    Hilling, John B. (John Bryan). Cilgerran Castle, St Dogmaels Abbey, Pentre Ifan burial chamber, Carreg Coetan Arthur burial chamber.Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, 1992. 52p : col ill, geneal table,maps,plans ; 21cm.

    Owen, H. A calendar of the public records relating to Pembrokeshire. Vol 2. The castles, towns, and lordships of Cilgerran and Narberth, Cymmrodorion record series, no. 7. London, Honourable society of Cymmrodorion (1911-1918).

    Phillips, J.R. The history of Cilgerran ... : including the topography of the parish ..., London, Russell Smith (1867) xv, 264 p. : pl. p.


    Land & Property

    Held at the NLW ;

    • Estate and family records of Gower of Glandovan and Castle Malgwyn, parish of Cilgerran, co Pembroke, mainly late C18th-C19th, including industrial records.


    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN198418 (Lat/Lon: 52.045141, -4.629492), Cilgerran which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Cilgerran parish 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 Howard Thomas)

    • Cilgerran (8); Cilgerran, Cnwcau, Cwm Plysgog, Glandovan, Glyn-henllan, Hafod, Llwyn-celyn, Morgenau?, Parc-y-Neithw, Pen-allt-yr-heiny, Pen-yr-allt-fach, Pont-rhyd-y-cwrt, Rhos-hill, Ty-hen, Ty-rhos


    Cilgerran coracle-men William Johnson and John Morgan with their haul of fish, 1905 on the People's Collection Wales site

    The largest tree trunk ever to be brought to Cilgerran Sawmill  on the People's Collection Wales site


    Social Life & Customs

    Cilgerran Children's Choir with conductor Johnny Michael on the People's Collection Wales site