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Gartán - Gartan

A parish in the barony of KILMACRENAN, County of DONEGAL, and province of ULSTER, 6 miles (N.W.) from Letterkenny, on the road to Dunfanaghy; containing 2109 inhabitants. St. Columb founded a monastery here in 521, of which the ruins still remain. The parish comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 44,124 statute acres, including 1590 under water; there is a considerable extent of heathy mountain and bog. A silver and lead mine was worked here in 1835, in the townland of Warrenstown but has been discontinued. Gartan is the residence of Capt. Chambers. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Raphoe, and in the patronage of the Bishop : the tithes amount to £150. The glebe-house was erected in 1828 by a gift of £400 and a loan of £380 from the late Board of First Fruits : the glebe comprises 25 acres. The church, which is a small plain building, was erected in 1819. In the R.C. divisions the parish is the head of a union or district, comprising also part of Kilmacrenan, in each of which there is a chapel. The parochial school, in which about 50 children are educated, is aided by an endowment from Col. Robertson's fund, and subscriptions from the rector; there is also a Sunday school

(From Samuel Lewis' "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland", 1837)



Gartan is a special place for a group of us who have made contact through genealogy lists, my Donegal website or sheer luck. The area most of our ancestors were concentrated in is just south of Churchill, in an area known as Glendowan.

Ancient hazel trees of Ard-na-Chruinne
Gentle ground where fairy people moved;
Over whose assembly ruled Timopan
The Fairy King whom human people loved.
Shy-minded mortals silently
Pass by the Fairy Stone,
Hushed by the ancient stories
Of the charm of the Wee Folk
Oe'er Glendowan

(Click here to SEE that Fairy Stone!)

I have collected, with the help of a lot of people, what I consider to be the most valuable resources for researching in this area as well as all of the parish of Gartan. You will find them below, along with our individual research interests and contact email addresses.

If any information on this site in general looks to be relevant to your research please contact me. Further, if you have anything to contribute or you would like to be added to our little list of researchers please send me an email!



Last updated 10 Aug 2019


Births, Marriages and Deaths


Census & Land Valuation Cross-References by Townland


Electoral Roll



Headstone Inscriptions


Land Information




Parliamentary Papers (British) on Ireland


Poems and Articles


Who is researching family in Gartan?




(in alphabetical order!)

Joan Broussard (for census copies & photos)

Berni Campbell (for census & electors)

Bernie Donaghey (for photos & inscriptions)

Connie Comte (for photos)

Darren Dooley (for valuations & sketch maps)

Deirdre Doherty (for census)

Joe Dougherty Jr (for photos & poem)

Tara Drake (census and more census)

Jerry Gallagher (for headstone inscriptions, typing & photos)

Margaret Graham (for census copies)

Cass McCready (for copies of civil registrations of births)

Fr Michael McKeever (for Glendowan baptisms)

Bernadette Murphy (census index & photos)

Shauna O'Donnell (for civil registrations)

Michael Ó Nuadháin (for census copies)

Muriel Sherlock (for headstone inscriptions and baptisms)

Bill Spillane (for maps)

Tom Sweeney (photographs and help)




Lindel Buckley

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