The parish of
||St Keverne is situated in the deanery
and Hundred of Kerrier and is on the extreme southern coast of Cornwall
on the Lizard Peninsula. Surrounding parishes are Manaccan, St Anthony
Meneage, Grade, Ruan Major, Ruan Minor, St Martins in Meneage and close
to the Helford river.
The parish is a coastal one, mainly agricultural and small amounts of
quarrying activity. There are three inhabited fishing coves in the
parish: Porthallow, Porthoustock and Coverack with several hamlets
including Traboe, Rosenithon, Laddenvean, Tregowris and Ponsongath.
The church spire has been a landmark for shipping for much of its
existence. The parish includes the notorious Manacle Rocks (deriving its
name from the old Cornish "Maen Eglos" - or Church Rocks) which has
claimed many a ship because the rocks are submerged at high tide. The
most famous ship lost was the SS Mohegan which was wrecked on the
Manacles in 1898 with the loss of 106 lives, and also the Barque John.
The parish is mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086 and in 1497 the
Cornish rebellion, led by Michael Joseph An-Gof and Thomas Flamank,
started their march on London from St Keverne. The event is marked by an
inscription on the Church wall and a statue of the pair in the village.
For a Special Notice regarding the Centenary of the Methodist Church,
and a new family history publication, please click
There is a
dedicated website for the parish which contains more in depth
information on the history of the parish, transcriptions of parish
registers, some family trees, information on the SS Mohegan and links to
information on Barque John.
More photographs at bottom of page, all by Diane Donohue.
The Online Parish Clerks (Genealogy) for St Keverne are Diane Donohue and
Terry Moyle, who can be contacted by
Contact Diane at
firstname.lastname@example.org and Terry at
Message from the OPCs:
website for more information, and please click
here for a Special Message
regarding a publication about Family History and the Methodist
church, which will be of benefit St. Keverne researchers.
Diane maintains a Facebook page called
St Keverne Family History (OPC).
For information about, and contact details for, the current
parish council, please see
Contact details for the church can be found by searching
Information can be found at
COCP (the Cornwall Online Census Project) which is complete for
1841 to 1891 and has been verified,
FreeCen at Rootsweb, which has a very good search engine and
information from COCP, as well as
GenUKI, which has more reference information and alternative
For Parish Register
information and other resources, please see our searchable database (C-PROP)
which is updated regularly and GenUKI (link below).
For information, see GenUKI. Link below.
Obituaries of Emigrants:
Dates could be of death or of newspaper publication.
Other obituaries, where the parish name isn't specified, can be found in
our resources section.
27 Apr 1933,
W. J. TREZISE. Mr.
1587, John VIVIAN
Oct 1748, Robert ROBERTS
Oct 1607, Nicholas HITCHIN (nuncupative)
1749, Athanasius JENKYN
30 Jan 1700,
Sep 1749, Tobias MITCHELL
May 1735, Barnard TREGUNNOW/TREGONNA (proved 1752)
1749, Samuel PEARCE
1749, Samuel WHITE
||17 Sep 1743,
1750, Ann WILLS
Oct 1751, Francis SANDYS
26 Dec 1744, Mary WILLIAMS
1751, Richard LORY
23 Jan 1746, George RESKILLY
1754, Richard PERCY
Jan 1759, Anthony BARKER
Feb 1747, Anthony JULIAN
Jun 1789, James BARKER
Feb 1748, William ODGER
May 1803, Anthony BARKER
Apr 1748, Henry JAMES
Sep 1832, James BARKER
Jun 1748, John SANDYS
1818 - 1823, St Keverne Sunday School Register
1825 - 1840, Account Books for St Keverne Wesleyan Chapel
1847 - 1858, St Keverne Wesleyan Class Registers
1858 - 1868, St Keverne Wesleyan Class Register
1865 - 1869, Ponsongath
Bible Christian Class Register
1818 - 1838, St Keverne Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Pew Rents
For more information regarding History, Population,
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 St Keverne at
drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a
specific location on the map.
Ruan Major, St Martin in
Meneage, Manaccan and
St Anthony in Meneage.
Cornish Oasis - biographical chronicle of Coverack - Cyril Hart
Ever Westward the Land - the story of Samual James of Trelan, St
after emigrating to USA - AC Todd with David James
Down to the Sea in Ships - the Memoirs of James Henry Treloar Cliff as
to PW Birkbeck
St Keverne Male Voice Choir 1944-1994
St Keverne Silver Band 1896-1996
Schools Roundabout - memories of St Keverne, Traboe and Porthallow
An Autobiography of Sorts by ES France - postmaster and bandmaster at St
The Mohegan 1898-1998 - Terry Moyle
St Keverne Parish Remembered - Terry Moyle 1990
St Keverne Methodist Church 1907-2007 - Terry Moyle
St Keverne Book of Memories 1970
Leaning on a Gate - the memories of Clifford N Lugg 1989
Our School Days by the Sea - Coverack Village Memories 1876-1976
St Keverne Parish Council 1894-1994
Words from a Cornish Village - the parish of St Keverne - Jill Newton
Look Towards the Sea - Frank Baines 1958
Around the Manacles (Cornish Magazine 1898)
Diary of a Cornish Holiday - Manchester and District Bankers Magazine
- St Keverne is included in
The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume
II by Davies Gilbert,
William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in
1838 (page 318). Also downloadable as a pdf.
Phillimore's Marriages Vol
XXIV transcripts including St Keverne
(transcribed and in our
|Parish Church - Pews & Altar
||Parish Church - Pulpit