The parish of
St. Keyne's Well, Duloe parish, from the
Lima Daily News, [Lima, Ohio, USA newspaper] 16 May 1898
contributed by Rita Bone Kopp
St. Keynes's Well
The well of St. Keyne is perhaps the best known of all
the many holy wells with which Cornwall is supplied. It is
situated beside a road in the parish of Duloe, midway
between Liskeard and Looe, in an exceedingly picturesque
situation, overhung by the dense foliage of a great elm. St.
Keyne was one of the many Irish saints who in early times
settled in Cornwall, and the legend runs that she presented
this never-failing spring to the inhabitants of Duloe in
return for their dedication of the parish church to her. But
St. Keyne's well is best known to the world at large from
Southey's ballad, which has given fame to the legend that
the husband or wife who first drinks of its water after
marriage shall have precedence ever after. The rustic
of whom Southey tells, however, was not sharp
"I hastened as soon as the wedding was o'er
And left my good wife in the porch,
But, i' faith, she had been far wiser than I,
she took a bottle to church."
|The full version of the ballad can be
found online by searching for 'southey st keyne'.
The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Duloe is Anne Modistach, who can be
contacted by Email.
To contact the current parish council, see the details
Transcriptions can be found at
COCP (Cornwall Online Census Project), which is complete for 1841 to
1891 and validated,
at Rootsweb - both are free, searchable databases - or check
For Parish Register information, please see our searchable database
(C-PROP) which is updated frequently. The Parish coverage page is
For information, see GenUKI (link below) or visit the University
of Leicester's Directories website, which has many directories online to
view for free.
Indentures and Other Documents:
- Two Indentures,
dated 19 Aug
1808 and 20 Aug 1808, regarding property in St Neot but mentioning Mary FOOKES, William
FOOKES and the Rev. William FOOKES of this parish.
- Particulars of an auction of Crook's Ball Farm,
tenant Richard POLLARD, on behalf of the estate of Matthew BUNNY, on
8 Jan 1889.
For more information regarding history, population,
etc., visit GenUKI and use the
Parishes link at the top of the page.
For a zoomable and printable map of Cornwall please visit
Cornwall Council’s mapping website. To see the Parish
boundaries, click on the Layers Tab for Government Boundaries.
For maps and satellite
images use Google Maps.
To enjoy a "walk" around this parish, search for Duloe at
drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a
specific location on the map.
Morval, Looe and
- Duloe (Dulo) is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume I by Davies Gilbert,
William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in
1838 (page n356). Also downloadable as a pdf.
The Cornwall Register by John Wallis, A.M. F.S.S., then Vicar of
Bodmin, printed 1847. If the in-built search produces no results, use the
index pages (474-476) to find your parish of interest. Tables of statistics
and other data can be found at the beginning of the book, starting at page