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ST. MICHAEL'S MOUNT

St Michael’s Mount is the island offshore from the Town of Marazion. It is surmounted by a castle/fortress, the historic home of the St Aubyn family and originally an abbey. That structure contains a chapel where some religious rites of the inhabitants were conducted. At the base of the mount, on the landward side, was the small community where the majority of the Mount’s inhabitants resided. Those residents were the families of fishermen and the men of the sea, the mariners, who were a part of the coastal trading. St Michael’s Mount is now under the control of the National Trust. There is a graveyard at the Mount with restricted access. There are only a few gravestones surviving, the inscriptions of which can be found on this site.
 
St Michael’s Mount was a part of St Hilary parish until 1892 when the parish of Marazion was separated from St Hilary parish and as a result St Michael’s Mount then became and continues to be a part of Marazion parish. Therefore it is prudent for researchers of St Michael’s Mount families to also consult the parish records of Marazion and St Hilary.

St Michaels Mount St Michaels Mount
Close-up of the Mediaeval Castle, 2002
© Karen Start
View from Marazion, 2009
© Charles Winpenny

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for St Michael's Mount is Al Kline, who can be contacted by email.
 


PARISH INFORMATION

CENSUS:

Information can be found at COCP (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 alternate resources.

REGISTERS:

For Parish Register information, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently, the coverage page is here.

DIRECTORIES:

For information, see GenUKI or visit the University of Leicester's Historical Directories website.

OTHER:

For information regarding history, population, etc., visit GenUKI.

MAPS:

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 Michaels Mount at http://maps.google.co.uk/, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.

ADJACENT PARISHES:

Accessible on foot at low tide, or by boat from Marazion.

ONLINE BOOKS:

  1. The History of Mount's Bay, comprising Saint Michael's Mount, Marazion, Penzance, Newlyn, Mousehole, &c. &c., published in 1820 by J. Thomas
  2. St Michaels Mount 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 172). Also downloadable as a pdf.