George Clement Boase.

Bibliotheca cornubiensis. A catalogue of the writings, both manuscript and printed, of Cornishmen, and of works relating to the county of Cornwall, with biographical memoranda and copious literary references online

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T^HE authors of this work have at last finished the task which they set before
-*- themselves. It has involved a far larger expenditure of time and money than
they contemplated at first, but now that their labours are finished, this circumstance
serves only to heighten the interest with which they regard its completion. The
first portion of the manuscript was sent to the printers in the Summer of 1869;
the last in November, 1881. More than fifteen hundred pages in all have been
printed, and twelve years have passed away since the first sheet was struck off from
the press.

During these years a great number of books and papers have been written on
Cornwall or by Cornishmen, and as the authors have continued to prosecute their
researches without intermission, they have succeeded in discovering many addi-
tional references in printed books and many curious manuscripts relating to the
children of their native county. This supplementary catalogue of authors contains
343 pages, and in them are embodied many interesting particulars relating to the
distinguished Cornishmen and Cornish families mentioned in the pages of the
previous volumes. The list appended in the footnote specifies the names of the
principal persons and families included in this catalogue.

The authors had not proceeded far in their undertaking before they found it
desirable to divide their materials into two sections, the first to be classified under
authors, the second under places and subjects. With the latter division this volume
begins; it comprises in 104 pages many entries which will not be without interest
to the student of the county or of the country at large, but the schedules of the

Allen, Ralph, Philanthropist.

Anstis, John, Garter King at Arms.

Arnold, John, Improver of the Chronometer.

Bastian, H. C, P.E.S., Physiologist.

Bate, C. Spence, F.E.S., Writer on Natural History.

Bligh, Admiral William, F.E.S., Navigator.

BuUer, Charles, Statesman.

Buller, W. Lawry, F.E.S., Naturalist.

Carew, Sir George, Ambassador.

Carew, Eiohard, Historian and Antiquary.

Colenso, Eight Eev. J. W., Theologian.

Davy, Sir Humphry, F.E.S., Philosopher.

Eliot, Sir John, Statesman.

Foote, Samuel, Dramatist.

Godolphin, Sidney, 1st Earl, Statesman.

Gurney, Sir Goldsworthy, Chemist.

Herle, Eev. Charles, Theologian.

Eilligrew, Thomas, Dramatist.

King, Philip Gidley, Superintendent of Norfolk Island.

King, Philip Parker, F.E. S., Marine Surveyor.

Molesworth, Sir William, F.E.S,, Statesman.

Opie, John, E.A., Painter.

Peters, Eev. Hugh, Puritan Writer and Politician.

Eons, Francis, Statesman and Theologian.


Acts of Parliament and of tlie Civil War tracts relating to Cornwall are probably
the most valuable portions of this division of the work. The Acts of Parliament
begin with 1266, and have been brought down to the close of the session of 1877.
During those six centuries more than 450 different acts were passed in connexion
with Cornwall. Most of them were passed for the purpose of facilitating the making
of roads and railways, but some of the earlier acts were for other and stranger
uses. One which came into law in the reign of Henry 8, ordered the Cornishmen
to " work without pay " on the fortifications which were designed for the protection
of the county against an invasion from the French ; another authorized the
destruction of numerous houses which had become ruinous in Bodmin and five
other towns. The natives of Cornwall played such a distinguished part in the
Civil War between the adherents of Charles I and the Parliament that the list of
tracts on the events which took place in the county during that momentous period
in our national life naturally occupies many pages of the third volume. Though
much has been done for the elucidation of Cornish history the stubborn contest
waged for the mastery between the followers of Sir Ralph Hopton and his victorious
antagonists still needs a chronicler. Although a much larger number of the county
gentry espoused the cause of the Parliament than is commonly supposed the
preponderance of feeling with all classes was ranged on the side of the king.
Through the valour of Sir Bevil Grenville and "the courage and fidelity of the
Cornish," to use the words of the royal historian, the whole of Western England
from the Land's End to the extremities of Somerset acknowledged the rule of the
king and had not the flower of Cornish chivalry perished on the hill of Lansdown
and around the walls of Bristol the struggle might have ended in a different manner
than is recorded in history. Within recent years two works have been published
by local antiquaries on the progress of the Civil War in Wales and Herefordshire,
and at some future date perhaps a similar volume may appear on the fight in
the west country. Such an undertaking demands the exercise of unwearied pain
and patient research, but with proper treatment should end in the issue of a
work of absorbing interest. When the historian of the future takes such a labour
in hand and is confionted with the catalogue of the Thomason pamphlets in the
British IMuseum, he will find that the list of "Civil War tracts" printed in the
pages of the Bibliotheca Cornuhiensis has spared him the labour of many days.

One of the gentlemen who criticized the first volume of this work remarked
with undoubted truth and in no unkindly spirit that the information which it
contained would only be appreciated as it deserved when accompanied by an ample
index. The authors venture to hope that if this volume should meet his eye he
will not be disappointed in that part of their labours. The index occupies 147
pages, and comprises on a rough calculation upwards of 12,350 separate headings,


several of which contain over 350 diflferent references. Although it would be

impossible to comment on all the important headings of the Index, it may not be

amiss to draw attention to two or three matters which bear on the biography of

Cornishmen. The endowments which in days only just past were confined at

Exeter college, Oxford, to those born in Devon and Cornwall naturally attracted-

thither the youth of those counties, and for that reason a far larger number of

Cornishmen have been connected with the university of Oxford than with its rival

on the Cam. A reference to the index will show that 128 natives of Cornwall have

been elected to fellowships at Oxford and 43 at Cambridge. For many centuries

the enterprising inhabitants of the duchy have sought for the attainment of

wealth through the mineral products of its soil, and it is no doubt through that

cause that such a large number of its sons have been drawn to scientific studies.

Since the formation of the Royal Society, 58 persons, either born in Cornwall or

long resident within its borders, have become through their eminence in mineral-

ogical and other pursuits, fellows of that body. A full list of these names is

printed in the index, and Cornishmen may be pardoned for believing that no such

record of distinction in scientific knowledge could be drawn up from any English

county of corresponding size to their own. The authors hope that persons consulting

the Bihlioiheca Cornuhiensis will notwithstanding its alphabetical arrangement

refer to the Index, as it frequently contains many references to the same person

and additional matter not to be found in the text. Advantage has also been taken

of the progress of the Index to insert particulars down to the most recent date.

The authors have now but one more duty to discharge, and that is to render
their hearty thanks to the printers who have with such care and pains passed this
work through the press. "With this final acknowledgment of their indebtedness,
their labours in Cornish Bibliography have come to an end.

15, Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, S.W.
4 November, 1881.

Corrigenda and Addenda.

Page 5, col. 1, line 27 from bottom, for xi, 260-62 read ix, 260-62.

Page 26, Bligh, Admiral William, for I St. Teath read h St. Tudy.

Page 38, Boson, John, after hajA. insert Paul.

Page 39, for Boyne, Louis Samuel, read Boyue, Lawrence Samuel,

Page 61, for Carne, Eev. John, read Carne, Eev. John James.

Page 64, Carvolth, Andrew I Bejowans, Cubert 1767 d Trescowthiok, Newlyn East 18 Feb. 1846

Page 71, col. 2, line 7, for James Brummell, read James Brimwell.

Page 116, Dinham, John dele account of birth and death and insert d 1509.

Page 116, Dinham, Lady Jane, for wife of preceding, read mother.

Page 131-32, under Edmonds, George dele the paragraphs commencing "The king against sir C.

Wolseley," "By his msijesty's royal letters patent," and "A universal alphabet," as

these articles do not refer to George Edmonds of Penzance.
Page 143, after Enys, Lieut.-Col. John dele 29th regt., 3rd son of John Enys and insert only son of

Samuel Enys.

Page 152, col. ], line 3, for 1725 read 1720.

Page 173, col. 2, line 34, for West Briton Dec. 1839 read 3 Jany. 1840.

Page 177, col. 2, line 10 from bottom, for Leeds, John, Duke of read Leeds, Thomas, Duke of.

Page 197, col. 2, line 7 from bottom, after St. Guierus' shrine insert St. Neot.

Page 221, col. 1, "A letter to a friend" is by rev. Percival Frye, and not by rev. E. S. Hawker.

Page 222, col. 1, "An address to the gentlemen of Cornwall" is 7iot by sir 0. Hawkins.

Page 238, col. 1, for Hickes, Paul read Hickes, John.

Page 281, col. 2, Keigwin, John, for rf 1710? read 1716.

Page 321, col. 2, Loam, Michael (son of Matthew Loam, d 1808) h 1 Nov. 1797 and not as stated.

Page 430, col. 2, line 27, for celt-mound read celt-mould.

Page 439, col. 1, line 7, for d 1850 read d 1849.

Page 533, col. 1, line 13, for 1795 read 1796, and in following line for 1853 read 17 Feb. 1854,
aged 88.

Page 535, col. 2, line 14 from bottom, for 1778 read 1775.

Page 543, col 1, line 12, for 1803 d 1803 read 1805 d 27 Mch. 1805.

Page 563, col. 2, line 8, for d 1830 read 1829.

Page 565, coL 1, line 27, for 182- read 28 Jany. 1842.

Page 627, col. 1, for Saxton, Isabella read Saxon, Isabelle.

Page 632, col. 1, lines 35-37 dele from Eesided to Menagwin.

Page 654, col. 1, line 32, for 1672 read 1673, and in line 34 dele "sir Peter Prideaux and lady

Christian Grenville " and insert Eeville and Elizabeth Prideaux.
Page 654, col. 2, line 25, for d circa 1533 read d 1544.
Page 667, coL 2, line 30, for 182- read 1831.

Page 743, col. 2, line 16 from bottom, for 8 Geo. ii read 9 Geo. ii, c. 16.
Page 750, col. 1, lines 27 and 28, for 8 Geo. ii 1735? read 9 Geo. ii [1736.]


Page 832, col. 2, line 22 from bottom, for 1820 read 1826.

Page 833, col. 1, liaes 5 and 6 from bottom dde son of John Vivian, of Claverton, Somerset.

Page 834, col. 1, line 5 from bottom, for 1820 read 1826.

Page 848, col. 2, lines 2 and 3, for Harris read Haweis, and for Exon. read, Oxon.

Page 851, col. 2, line 20 from bottom. Here and in following lines read Walters for Walter.

Page 889, col. 2, line 22, for d 1695 rend d 1691.

Page 893, col. 2, lines 6 to 10 from bottom dele from only to 1788 ] and insert dau. of Mendez Da

Page 897, col. 2, line 16 from bottom, for 1793 read 1784.

Page 904, col. 1, line 24, for Sydall read Lydall.

Page 916, col. 1, line 11 from bottom, for East read Oust.

Page 925, col. 1, line 12 from bottom, for St. Just in Eoseland read St. Just in Penwith.

Page 950, col. 2, line 23, for Trevitt read Trevill.

Page 957, col. 2, line 24 from bottom, after dau. insert of William Harris and granddaughter.

Page 957, col. 2, line 11 from bottom dele of Mr. John Rowe, and after grandfather insert above

Page 979, col. 1, line 13 from bottom, for Bremer read Brewer.

Page 1012, col. 1, line 7, for 13th read 34th.

Page 1020, col. 2, line 32, for 185- read 1854.

Page 1024, col. 2, line 30, for John Dingle read Eiohard Dingle.

Page 1047, col. 1, line 29, after Sep. insert 1873.

Page 1073, col. 2, line 25, for Tretane read Tinten.

Page 1079, col. 2, line 23, for Tatton read Wotton, and dele the words " Helston and."

Page 1082, col. 1, line 9 from bottom, for Philip read Peter.

Pao'e 1082, col. 2, line 15 from bottom, for Bone, Samuel Trewick read Bone, Robert Trewick.

Pat^e 1119, col. 2, line 11 from bottom, for Jas. Tregoss read Thos. Tregosse.

Page 1127, col. 1, lines 3 and 4 from bottom, the words "A prize essay for which the author
received 50 guineas," should be connected with the previous title.

Page 1127, col. 2, line 4 from bottom, for Loudon read London.

Page 1139, col. 1, line 19 dele this line and read Joan, dau. of Nathaniel Carkeet of Truro.

Pao-e 1142, col. 1, line 15 from bottom, for P.O. of Illogan read P.O. of Tuokingmill.

Page 1158, col. 2, line 32, for 1870 read 1780.

Pau-e 1181, col. 1, lines 12 and 13, for John Keigwin read Jenkin Keigwin.

Page 1209, col. 1, lines 13, 19, and 21, for Griggs read Grigg.

Page 1232, col. 1, line 2, for 1871 read 1851.

Page 1240, col. 1, line 17, for 1860 read June 1859.

Page 1259, col. 1, line 36, for she read John Leigh.

Pao-e 1276, Martyn, William Williams drowned at St. Ann's bay, Newfoundland 24 Apl. 1877.

Pa^e 1342, col. 2, the paragraph commencing Dr. Guillaume must run on from the previous

Page 1373, col. 2, Bennallack, Francis, for 20, 536 read 20, 535.
Page 1389, col. 2, read Cook, James h Paisley 22 Dec. 1824 p. 1133.
Pao-e 1394, col. 2, for Curgenven, James Brendon read Curgenven, John Brendon.
Pao-e 1396, col. 1, Davies, Rowland A. G. for d 4 Dec. 1863 read 4 Sep. 1864,
Page 1410, col. 2, Gilbert, Davies, for 1094 read 1194.

Page 1447, col. 2, Morris, William Richard, for h 8 Apl. 1856 read 8 Apl. 1836.
Page 1500, col. 2, Vertebrata, account of, for 130, 1135 read 89, 1135.






Draft of a commission for examination of ac-
counts in... Cornwall, temp. Charles I. Earl.
MSS. 6804, art. 64.


Alien Priories. 4 Hen. IV. For a general seiz-
ure of alien priories not conventual. Eot. pari.
4 Hen. IV, No. 11 (1402-1403).

Note. — Under this act St. Michael's Mount, though
conventual, was illegally seized but afterwards restored.
cf. Hot. pari. 5 Hen. TV, m. 12 ; Acts of tlie privy council
(1834) i, 190.

Allen river. See Padstow.

Apprentices. 6 Geo. Ill, c. 25, s. 6. For regu-
lating apprentices, but not to extend to the
stannaries (1766).

Archdeaconry. 7 and 8 Geo. IV, c. 10. For
vesting in the dean and chapter of Exeter cer-
tain lands in the archdeaconry of Cornwall and
enabling them to grant leases thereof (1827).

Note. — The property referred to was a building,
garden and oourtlage in the Close, Exeter, called the
"house of the archdeacon of Cornwall.

Assizes. 1 Geo. I, st. 2, c. 45. For holding the
assizes for Cornwall at a convenient place in the

ACTS. (Con.).

county, it being found inconvenient always to
hold them at Launceston, act to commence 20
May, 1716 (1715).

Austell, St. See Grampound.

Austell, St. 5 and 6 Vict, c. xiv. For taking
down the market house, erecting a new market
house, providing a new market place and re-
gulating the markets and fairs at St. Austell

Austell, St. 37 and 38 Vict., c. clxxxviii. For
incorporating the St. Austell and Pentewan rail-
way, harbour and dock Co. (7 Aug. 1874).

Barn Street. 1 Geo. Ill, c. 25. For amending
the roads from Barn st. to Duloe church and
from Lux st. to Crathick ford and from Bull
post to Treworgey cross in Cornwall (1760-61).
— .Term and powers enlarged 10 Geo. Ill, c. 87
(1770). — .Continuation of term and enlargement
of powers 41 Geo. Ill (U.K.) c. 92 (1801).

Bishoprick. 39 and 40 Vict. c. liv. For pro-
viding for the foundation of a new bishoprick
out of a part of the Diocese of Exeter (1 1 Aug.

Note. — Towards founding the new see the bishop
of Exeter assented to the transfer of a portion of the
endowment of his bishoprick to produce £800 a year.

Boconnoc. 48 Geo. Ill, c. 6. For vesting lands
belonging to lord Grenville and Anne, baroness
Grenville and a parsonage house to be erected

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ACTS. (Con.J.

thereon, in the rector of the united parishes of
Boconnoo and Braddock, in exchange for the
parsonage house and part of the glebe lands of
Boconnoc (1808).

Boconnoo. 49 Geo. Ill, c. xiii. For the inclo-
sure of lands in Boconnoc, Braddock and St.
Winnow (24 Mch. 1809).

Bodmin. See Cornwall Minerals Railway, and

Bodmin. 32 Hen. VIII, c. xix. Respecting
houses in Launceston, Liskeard, Lostwithiel,
Bodmin, Truro and Helstou fallen into decay,
which being dangerous to the inhabitants, may
be taken possession of by the public authorities,
if not repaired by the owners (1540).

Bodn]in. 8 and 9 Geo. Ill, c. 69. For repair-
ing and widening several roads leading to and
through Iiodmin (1769). — .Term and powers en-
larged 26 Geo. Ill, c. 129 ( 1786).— .Continuing
and amending and fur amending other roads
passing through liorough of Bodmin and parish
of Lanhydrock 51 Geo. Ill, c. clix (1811). — .Re-
pealing above three atts and for more effectually
repairing roads 10 Geo. IV, c. xix (1S29). — .
Amending preceding act and making a new road
3 and 4 Jl'^ill. IV, c. Ixxxix (183-!). — .Repealing
two latter acts, for repairing roads and making
new roads 5 and 6 IFill. IV, c. cv (1835). — .
Granting further term and powers 29 and SO
VicL, e. cxl (28 June 1866).

Bodmin. 65 Geo. Ill, c. Ixxxv. For providing
a market for Bodmin and for abolishing sales in
the streets (1815).

Bodmin. 2 and 3 jnil. IV, c. xlvii. For making
a railway from Wadebridge in St. Breoke to
Wenford bridge, St. Breward, with a branch to
Bodmin (1832). — .Amendment of act, 5 and 6
JFill. IV, c. xciii (1835).

Bodmin. 6 and, 7 Il^ill. IV, c. xii. For building
new courts of assize at Bodmin and providing
judges' lodgings, etc. (1836).

Bodmin. 27 and 28 FicL, c. clxx. For making
a railway from the Cornwall railway to Bodmin
(14 July 1864). — .For extending the Bodmin
railway to the Bodmin and Wadebridge railway,
raising further moneys, etc. 28 and 29 Viet., c. 53
(2 June 1865).— .Further powers 30 and 31 FicL,
c. cxix (15 July 1867).

Bodmin. 28 and 29 FicL, c. 370. Authorising
the Bodmin and Wadebridge railway Co. to im-
prove the line, to abandon portions thereof, and
to raise further moneys (5 July 1865).

Note. — Commences with a recital of 2 & 3 Will. IV,
c. xlfii (1832).

Bodmin. 29 and 30 Fid., c. 13. For better
supplying with water the borough and parish of
Bodmin (18 May 1866).

ACTS. (Con.J.

Bodmin. 36 a7id 37 FicL, c. ccxlix. For making
a railway from the Bodmin and Wadebridge rail-
way to Delabole (5 Aug. 1873). — .Enabling the
B. and W.R. Co. to exercise the powers of alter-
ing the line, contained in The B. and W. and
Delabole railway act 1873. 37 and 38 FicL, c.
cxci (7 Aug. 1874). — .For extending the time for
the completion 39 and 40 FicL, c. ccxv (11 Aug.

Bossiney. 29 and 30 Fict., c. cccxlvii. For
making a railway from Delabole to Bossiney
with an extension to Bossiney harbour and a
branch near Trewarmet (6 Aug. 1866).

Boy ton. 21 and 22 Fict., c. viii. Authorizing
inclosure of certain lands (1858).

Note.— By the schedule in this act it appears that
the inclosurf! commissioners on 26 Nov. 1857 gave per-
mission for the inclosure of Eoyton, Cornwalh

Braddock. See Boconnock.

Bude. 14 Geo. Ill, c. 53. For making a canal
from Bude to the river Tamar in Calstock parish

Note cf. J. Phillips' Inland Navigation (1792)

pp. 267-09.

Bude. 59 Geo. Ill, c. Iv. For improving the
harbour of Bude and making a canal thence to
the village of Thornbury, Devon (14 June 1819).

Bude. 28 and 29 FicL, c. cxlix. For author-
izing the Okehampton railway Co. to make ex-
tensions of their railway to Bude, in Cornwall
and Great Torrington, in Devon (29 June 1865),

Bude. 28 and 29 FicL, c. cclxiii. For incor-
porating the Bude canal and Launceston junc-
tion railway (5 July, 18G5).

Note. — cf. Warrant of hoard of trade authorising
abandonment of the Bude canal and Launceston junc-
tion railway. FarL Papers 1870, vol. lix.

Bude. 32 and 33 FicL, c. cxxvii. For forming
into a separate undertaking the Bude and Tor-
rington extension of the Devon and Cornwall
railway company (26 July, 1869).

Bull Post. See Barn street.

Burian, St. 13 and 14 FicL, c. 76. For divid-
ing the deanery of St. Burian into three rec-
tories (St. Burian, St. Sennen, and St. Levan)
and abolishing the royal peculiar of St. Burian
(14 Aug. 1850).

Bushlord. 25 Geo. Ill, c. 108. For widening
and repairing the roads leading from Bushford
to Beal's mill in Stoke Climsland; and also the
road from Pentercross in Pillaton to The Fight-
ing Cocks in Botus Fleming (1785).

Callington. 4 Geo. Ill, c. 48. For repairing
and widening several roads leading from Cal-
lington (1763).— .Continuation of term 25 Geo.
Ill, c. 108 (1785). — .Continuation of term and




ACTS. (Can.).

enlargement of powers 46 Geo. Ill, c. xv (1806).
— .Above three acts repealed and new provisions
made 7 and 8 Om. IV c. ci (1827).

Callington. 20 and 21 Vid., c. 20. Inclosure
act (10 Aug. 1857).

Note. — By the schedule attached to this act it appears
that the inclosure commissioners gave their consent to
the enclosure of Callington 29 Jan. 1857.

Callington. 32 and 33 Vid., c. clii. For making
a railway from Callington to Kelly quay on the
Tamar in Calstock to be called the " East Corn-
wall mineral railway Co." (9 Aug. 1869). — .For
a deviation in the parish of Stokeclimsland 34=
Fid., c. xxxiii (25 May 1871).

Calstock. 19 and 20 Fid., c. 106. Inclosure
act (29 July 1856).

Note. — The inclosure commissioners gave their as-
sent to the enclosure of Calstock 2 June 1853.

Camborne. 30 and 31 Fid., c. Ixxi. For better
supplying with water the parishes of Camborne,
Crowan and lUogan (31 May 1867).

Camel river. 7 and 8 Fid., c. xxiv. For regu-
lating the navigable parts of the Camel river

Coals. 9 Anne, c. vi, sed. Iv. For duties upon
coals, candles, etc. A drawback to be allowed
on coals used for melting copper and tin ores in
Cornwall and Devon (1710). cf. also 49 Gm. Ill,
c. 98, Sch. A coastwise (1809).

Coals. 14 Geo. II, c. 41, ft. 3. For allowing a
drawback of the duties upon coals used in fire
engines for draining tin and copper mines in
Cornwall. Act to commence 24 June 1741
(1741). cf. also 49 Geo. Ill, c. 98, Sch. A coast-
wise (1809).

Coals. 51 Geo. Ill, c. 83. For allowing a draw-
back of the duty paid on coals used in the mines
and smelting works of Cornwall and Devon
(1811).— .56 Geo. Ill, c. cxxxiv (1816).— .59 Geo.
Ill, c. cxxvi (1819). — .Repealed and other pro-