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St Keverne Parish Church 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 HERE.
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.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

OPCOPCThe Online Parish Clerks (Genealogy) for St Keverne are Diane Donohue and Terry Moyle, who can be contacted by Email. Contact Diane at and Terry at
Message from the OPCs: Visit our 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 this website.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.



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 resources.


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.


Settlement Papers:

  1855-1856, Judith Hosken LAWRENCE & daughters (& Budock)  


A list of available Wills and Probate Documents. Copies of those marked as CRO can be ordered from here using the appropriate reference.  For those marked as NA enter the reference in the search box on this page and follow the onscreen instructions.

  26 Oct 1607, Nicholas HITCHIN (nuncupative) 25 Oct 1748, Robert ROBERTS
  30 Jan 1700, Richard RESKELLY 8 May 1749, Athanasius JENKYN
  22 Feb 1735, Richard PEARCE, junr. (proved 1751) 14 Sep 1749, Tobias MITCHELL
  28 May 1735, Barnard TREGUNNOW/TREGONNA (proved 1752) 17 Oct 1749, Samuel PEARCE
  16 Sep 1741, James COURTIS (proved 1752) 27 Oct 1749, Samuel WHITE
  7 May 1743, Richard PEARCE 17 Feb 1750, Ann WILLS
  17 Sep 1743, Samuel HALLIGEY 22 Sep 1751, John THOMAS, the younger
  24 Jan 1744, Allice POTTER 10 Oct 1751, Francis SANDYS
  26 Dec 1744, Mary WILLIAMS 17 Dec 1751, Richard LORY
  23 Jan 1746, George RESKILLY 23 May 1754, Richard PERCY
  8 Oct 1746, Mary COURTIS 10 Jan 1759, Anthony BARKER
  24 Feb 1747, Anthony JULIAN 5 Jun 1789, James BARKER
  10 Feb 1748, William ODGER 10 May 1803, Anthony BARKER
  2 Apr 1748, Henry JAMES 18 Sep 1832, James BARKER
  16 Jun 1748, John SANDYS  

Other Records:

  1. 1818 - 1823, St Keverne Sunday School Register
  2. 1825 - 1840, Account Books for St Keverne Wesleyan Chapel
  3. 1847 - 1858, St Keverne Wesleyan Class Registers
  4. 1858 - 1868, St Keverne Wesleyan Class Register
  5. 1865 - 1869, Ponsongath Bible Christian Class Register
  6. 1818 - 1838, St Keverne Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Pew Rents

For more information regarding History, Population, etc. visit GenUKI.


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, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


Grade, 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 Keverne, after emigrating to USA - AC Todd with David James
Down to the Sea in Ships - the Memoirs of James Henry Treloar Cliff as told 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 Schools 1877-1977
An Autobiography of Sorts by ES France - postmaster and bandmaster at St Keverne
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 1981
Look Towards the Sea - Frank Baines 1958
Around the Manacles (Cornish Magazine 1898)
Diary of a Cornish Holiday - Manchester and District Bankers Magazine Sept 1932


  1. 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.
  2. Phillimore's Marriages Vol XXIV transcripts including St Keverne (transcribed and in our database).


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