The Journal of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. The first Old Cornwall Society founded was St. Ives in 1920. St. Just (and Pendeen) was founded in 1923 and Madron in 1924. St. Buryan was a latecomer, founded in 1979. I haven’t found a date for Penzance but is was before 1960.
Table of contents—articles particularly relevant to West Penwith.
Editor—R. Morton Nance [1873–1959]
I. Apr 1925—St. Ives
- p9. Cornish Mines and Miners—A. K. Hamilton Jenkin [1900–1980].
- p18. Cornish Family Mottoes—R. Morton Nance. inc. Bolitho, Boscawen, Carminow, Tonkin
- p22. My Feer-a-Moo Shiner—R. J. Noall. A dialect story from St. Ives.
- p25. The Squire’s Ghost. A traditional Lelant tale.
- p32. A Cornish Cantata—Davies Gilbert, 1828.
- p37. A Hurling-ball Inscription of 1705 in Cornish Of Paul parish
II. Oct 1925—Truro
- p32. Hallan-Apples A St. Ives custom.
- p38. Parson Drake’s Cornish Certificate—R. Morton Nance. Drake was one of two vicars of St. Just of that name.
III. Apr 1926—Redruth
- p5. Scraps of Penwith Folklore—G. H. Doble. The story of Betsy Friggens of Trezelah etc. Gulval
- p15. Mock Mayors in Cornwall—W. T. Martin. inc. Crowlas (Ludgvan), St. Buryan and Halsetown (St. Ives)
- p23. A Cornish Letter, 1711—from the Gwavas MSS. Written by Oliver Pender of Newlyn to William Gwavas.
- p31. The Taaty-Paasty—Morgan Anthony. A St. Ives poem. A Morgan Anthony was St. Ives postmaster in the 1880s and another (maybe the same man) was steward of the Wesleyan Teetotal chapel in Chyangweal in 1851
IV. Oct 1926—Camborne
- p30. William Gwavas Poetises on Penzance.
- p31. “Spit and Cut.” A St. Ives custom.
- p35. John Keigwin’s Cornish Translation of King Charles the First’s Letter of Thanks to the County of Cornwall—R. Morton Nance.
V. Apr 1927
- p20. Tom Bawcock’s Eve —R. Morton Nance. A Mousehole feast
- p22. An old Cornish Carol Book—Tom Miners. The book of Margery Hocking of St. Just in Penwith.
- p26. King Charles the First’s Letter (continued)
- p32. Benevolent Autocrats. The stories of Robert Aitken, vicar of Pendeen.
- p41. Counting-out rhymes at Penzance
- p42. The Integrity A ship trading between Cardiff and St. Ives
- p43. Kerayjes. A St. Ives skipping song
VI. Oct 1927
- p20. Street names of Penzance—S. C. Julyan. Online on the Morrab Library site.
- p36. Harvey-Darvey, a St. Ives children’s game.
VII. Apr 1928
- p1. The Gorsedd of Boscawen-un—Henry Jenner.
- p13. The Bounds of Zennor—Charles Henderson.
- p15. The Madron Ghost Story—H. R. Jennings.
- p18. Old Cornish Valentines—Tom Miners.
- p28. A letter from Penzance in contemporary dialect.
- p42. Wells at Boscaswell.
VIII. Oct 1928
- p1. Lynchets in West Cornwall Ancient terraced field systems.
- p27. The Morvah Ghost—after Morgan Anthony A poem
- p41. Epitaphs of Miners—A. K. Hamilton Jenkin
- p41. From Newlyn A Newlyn saying
IX. Apr 1929
- p20. The Open Chimney—A. Carkeek A St. Buryan cottage
- p44. Old memories before Wolf Rock Lighthouse was built.
X. Oct 1929
- p1. William Bottrell and some of his characters—J. Hambley Rowe. With a drawing of the old man
- p6. Billy Foss and his fellow rhymsters—R. Morton Nance. Billy was a St. Just blacksmith
- p20. A St. Ives mackerel-boat, 1814—R. Morton Nance.
- p31. The Appyrishon of Arry—Chas. A. Eva. A Sennen tale.
XI. Apr 1930
- p14. The Spurret—Mary Cothey. A contemporary Cornish dialect piece from a girl from St. Ives School.
- p26. A Cornish Song, to the tune of “The Modest Maid of Kent.”—John Tonkin c1690.
- p37. Hilla and Stag—R. Morton Nance Two words for “Nightmare.”
- p41. An old Zennor man on “Ordination” Pre-destination.
- p42. Manners versus Health—J. H. H. St. Ives New Connexion Chapel.
- p42. A St. Ives Election Story—J. H. H. Sir Walter Starling.
- p44. Friday Night’s C’rant—Harriet Perkin Contemporary dialect for a St. Ives’s School Competition.
XII. Oct 1930
- p22. Quaint Marriage Customs in Old Cornwall—Tom Miners.
- p30. A Decoction of Broom—a re-told story of William Bottrell. A St. Levan story.
- p35. Traditional Cornish Numerals—R. Morton Nance From Newlyn.
- p38. Holiday Garnerings—J. Hambley Rowe Penwith sayings.
- p41. Kanna Kernuak—J. Tonkin c1693–4.
I. Apr 1931
- p15. The Morvah Devils—Jim Thomas “A True Story”
II. Oct 1931
- p1. Parson Ghost-Layers—A. A. Clinnick. Mentions Parson Polkinghorn of St. Ives and the ghost of Kenegie.
- p14. A traditional version of the folk-tale of John of Chyanhorth—S. A. Opie.
- p23. Some property boundaries in Zennor—F. C. Hirst.
- p29. Nicholas Boson and Richard Angwyn—Charles Henderson. Nicholas of Newlyn and Richard of St. Just.
- p33. Cornish books including a review of “Cornish Drolls” by S. L. Enys, a re-rendering of some of Botterell’s tales.
- p41.How we laugh at one-another in Cornwall—J. Hambley Rowe. Some local sayings explained (with humour.)
- p43. ’ow much for la cabottch? Tales of the French in St. Ives.
III. Apr 1932
- p1. Memories of Mousehole—W. Pezzack.
- p5. Trewoof—Anne Pool. St. Buryan
- p41. A long-ago visit to Penzance. A French royalist snatched from the guillotine in 1793.
IV. Oct 1932
- p19. The White Hare or True Love’s Rough Course: Sentiment and superstition of 150 years ago—R. J. Noall. Boskennal, Ludgvan
- p44. Some old signboards at St. Ives.
V. Apr 1933
- p22. Notes taken in Zennor and Morvah—F. C. Hirst. Antiquities
- p32. A little bit of St. Ives talk—Ellen Broad A St. Ives Girl’s School piece of dialect writing.
- p36. Henry Quick, the Zennor poet—Walter H. Eva. and some of his poems.
VI. Oct 1933
- p43. Lines of a Bridge at St. Ives Consols. A poem.
VII. Apr 1934
- p9. Reminiscences of Newlyn—J. Kelynack.
- p20. Sir Henry Irving at Halsetown—Daisy Gyles. Sir. Henry alias John Henry Brodribb, a member of the Behenna family on his mother’s side.
- p30. Pin day and Pendeen—J. Pearce.
- p31. The Bellows on the Table. A Halsetown tale.
VIII. Oct 1934
- p20. Reminiscences of Newlyn (continued)—J. Kelynack.
- p28. Tubban Day. Shrove Tuesday in Pendeen.
- p30. Some verses by John Bosun. of Newlyn.
IX. Apr 1935
- p1. Stories of Old St. Ives—J. H. Hodge.
- p30. A Cornish Opera. “Iernin” by George and William Lloyd first performed at Penzance.
- p31. More about Pillas—W. D. Watson A grain thought to be unique to the district.
- p32. The Cornish Sketches of “Nicky Trevaylor” (Mr. Tom Newall).
- p33. Piskey-led on Tremethick Moor.
- p42. Cart as Novelty. In St. Ives, where previously sleds had been in use.
X. Oct 1935
- p4. Notes on the Cornish Priories—G. A. Kempthorne. including St. Buryan.
- p18. Humour in Chapel. at St. Ives.
- p25. Rocks and Landmarks at or near St. Ives—C. S. Murrish.
- p37. More Chapel Humour. St. Ives Primitive Methodist.
- p38. Buccaboo and Tarraway—J. Hambley Rowe.
- p43. The Chywoon of John of Chy-an-Horth. See issue II.
XI. Apr 1936
Bound out of order after no. XII in my edition.
- p4. Two Suns at St. Ives. The transit of Venus.
- The Probable Parentage of Dolly Pentreath—W. Treffry Hoblyn.
- p12. Some St. Ives Recollections—G. R. Hodge.
- p14. A Mining Custom at Pendeen—J. Pearce.
XII. Oct 1936
- p17. Mingy advice of a Mousehole farmer.
- p18. A Penzance Scoolmaster & his Sons—Chas. A. Eva. Thomas Blight and his sons John (J. T.) and Joseph.
- School-Dames and Bogey-Men—C. S. Murrish. Island Road Infants School, St. Ives.
- p39. Traditional Cornish at Paul.
- p40. History of Madron. Review of [Jennings 1936].
- Index—Authors and Subjects—Volumes 1 to 3.
I. Apr 1937
- p32. Fishy Tales from St. Ives.
- p35. Wooden Ships & Iron Men—C. S. Murrish.
II. Oct 1937
- p54. Hallen Apples. St. Ives
- p76. Counting the Fish. A poem of Sennen Cove.
III. Apr 1938
- p89. Notes on the Collegiate Churches of Cornwall—G. A. Kempthorne. including St. Buryan.
- p106. Some notes on the Church of St. Euny Lelant—Anne Pool.
- p132. A loss to archaeology. An obituary of F. C. Hirst, founder of the Zennor Wayside Museum.
IV. Oct 1938
- p133. Records—James H. Hodge.
- p160. The Bishop’s Visitation at St. Buryan, 1336—G. A. Kempthorne.
- p164. The “Goldings” in St. Just—John Penrose. A poem
- p167. Dry Allowance put to Wet Purpose—C. S. Murrish. A tale of St. Ives.
- p169. The Pilchard Rhyme—R. Morton Nance. About a poem in Kernowek.
V. Apr 1939
- p209. Further Records—James H. Hodge.
VI. Oct 1939
- p239. Dubbs and Dubborns. Zennor
- p248. Further Records—James H. Hodge.
- p252. St. Uny Lelant Churchwardens’ Accounts—Anne Pool.
- p256. The Third Piper—Ashley Rowe. St. Buryan
- p261. An Old-Penzance Personality—H. Elizabeth Dugdale. About George Charles Smith 1782–1863.
VII. Apr 1940
- p267. Further Records—James H. Hodge.
- p302. The Siege of the “Labour in Vain”—R. J. Noall. A press Gang story of St. Ives.
- p303. Keen Observation.
- p305. Heavenly Voices—W. D. Watson. Ludgvan
- p306. William Bodner’s Letter—R. Morton Nance. C18th. Cornish at Mousehole.
VIII. Oct 1940
- p321. King Charles’ Letter.
- p331. Our Cornish Pixie—Constance Male.
- p342. Piskey Pranks—Bessie Williams.
- p349. The Kitareen—R Morton Nance. An early omnibus from Penzance to Truro/Plymouth.
- p354. A Fisherwomen’s Festival. Penzance
IX. Apr 1941
- p355. Parish Registers—Anne Pool. Ludgvan
- p362. The Mayor’s Diary: Penzance in 1816—J. E. Hooper. Henry Boase was the Mayor.
- p368. Panoramas and Prints—Chas A. Eva.
- p370.The St. Ives Fishing Industry—Margaret Geen.
- p385.A Ill-Wished Net.
X. Oct 1941
- p429. Two Ancient Crosses recently found in West Cornwall—G. E. Ellis. One was in Lelant.
XI. Apr 1942
- p449. Doctor Borlase and the Giant’s Graves—J. E. Hooper.
- p456. A literary Note—S. W. Johns. An obituary for Virginia Woolf.
- p458. The Identification of the Domesday Manors of Cornwall—N. J. G. Pounds.
- p467. The Tally-o—S. Geen. A poem.
XII. Oct 1942
- p487. The Relief of the Poor in the 18th Century—Anne Pool. Ludgvan
- p523. The Ancient Woodland of Cornwall—N. J. G. Pounds.
The issue dates are guesses in this volume as some editions did not appear due to wartime paper shortages.
- Index—Authors and Subjects—Volume 4.
I. Apr 1943
- p28. Thomas Holloway of Penzance—Gwennol Gwaynten.
II. Oct 1943
- p45. Stray Notes on Paul Parish—W. Boxer Mayne (Tam Men).
- p85. Resolute Home-makers—R. J. Noall. Occupation of the British Village of Bussow in C19th.
- p94. The Church Plate of St. Euny Lelant—Anne Pool. Also Towednack and St. Ives.
- p106. Land’s End—Dorothy Round. A poem.
- p106. John Boson’s Message—R. Morton Nance.
- “Normans”—R. Morton Nance. Dialect.
- p108. Old Preaching Places—J. E. Hooper. Chysauster.
- p114. The Thatched Cottages of Newlyn Within Living Memory—John J. Beckerlegge.
None of particular interest.
- p177. The Wooden Horse. An old dialect story of Sennen.
VII. Apr 1948
- p224. Harris of Kenegie—Anne Pool.
- p254. Nancy’s River—Map Melyn.
VIII. Oct 1948
- p268. The Cornish Rhymes of James Jenkins of Alverton.
- p274. Dog Watch—C. S. Murrish.
- p303. History of Kenegie in Gulval—Anne Pool.
IX. Apr 1949
- p305. Some Cornish Places of Pilgrimage—J. H. Adams. inc. Madron & St. Buryan.
- p346. “Morask Russches”—R. Morton Nance. The manor of Conerton.
X. Oct 1949
- p356. The Song of the Quay Stones (Mousehole)—Bernard Moore.
- p356. Frighted with Owls. Tregonebris in Sancreed.
XI. Summer 1950
- p417. Words Heard at Mousehole, 1949—J. J. B.
- p424. Sennen—Michael Gardner. A poem.
- p425. Flints in West Cornwall—C. C. James
XII. Autumn 1950
- p443. Cornish Prophecies—R. Morton Nance.
The dates are guesses in this volume as my bound edition has the issue covers removed. There is one more issue than an annual publication.
- p1. Cornish Ports in the Time of Charles II—John Keast. Includes Penzance and St. Ives.
- p9. Ancient Tomb—Gladys Hunkin. A poem about the C13th. tomb of Clarice de Boleigh in St. Buryan Church.
- p38. The “Oldest House, St. Ives.”—C. S. Murrish
- p61. Visitors to Botallack—C. C. James. The Visitors Book for Botallack Mine.
None of particular interest.
- p156. Newlyn Christmas Plays—J. Kelynack.
- p158. Queer Old Words—R. M. N[ance]. From St. Ives Borough Accounts.
- p163. A Saint Ives Endearment—R. M. N[ance].
- p164. Why Gowna?—R. Morton Nance. The name of a rock off Porthmeor, St. Ives.
- p172. Teetotal Street—Mary Stevens. St. Ives.
- p178. An Account of a Strange Occurrence—J. C. Edwards. A five minute storm in St. Just, 1822.
- p185. The Gump—[no author]. Faries.
- p198. William Borlase—P. A. S. Pool. A biography.
- p216. Looking Backward—J. Kelynack. Street-an-Nowan, Newlyn.
- p218. Mermaids in Cornwall—R. Morton Nance.
- p238. Way-leave for Lightning—J. M. Doble, c.1880. A Ludgvan custom.
- p243. Rival Packs in West Penwith—[no author]. A hunt dispute in 1882.
- p249. A Tall Story—P. A. S. P[ool]. The “view” in Towednack.
- p273. A Tapnett of Reasons—R. M. N[ance]. St. Ives Borough Accounts.
- p276. A Comeback for “Kitareen”—R. M. N[ance]. See Volume 3, p.349.
- p277. An Tabel Men—[no author]. A poem, hlaf in Cornish about Table Mayn, Sennen.
- p278. The Penheleg Manuscript—P. A. S. Pool. This is a manuscript from 1580 about the rights of the Arundell family in Penwith. There is another more detailed article by the same author it the Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall 1959 NS Vol.3 Pt.3 pp163–228.
- p294. Metheklan—R. M. N[ance]. From St. Ives Borough Accounts.
- p295. Lingering History in Newlyn—C. S. Carter.
- p306. “The Lil’ Ole Mill”—Kathleen Hawke. A dialect story of Zennor.
- p310. Cornish Books—[no author]. A review of [Crofts 1955].
- p311. Bulorn and its Congeners—R. Morton Nance. A local children’s game and parallels elsewhere in the world.
- p330. The Topography of the Penheleg Manuscript—P. A. S. Pool. See above.
- p343. Some Notes on Buryan—C. C. James.
- p350. The Bird in Hand—Kathleen Hawke. Sancreed.
- p391. “Map Penseghnans”—[no author]. About C. C. James of Penzance.
- p391. “Cornish Cross at Halsetown”—[no author].
- p396. The Tinners Riot of 1729”—Cyril Noall. St. Ives.
- p398. New Books—[no author]. Review of [Noall 1958].
- p399. Mother’s Will—O. J. O. A dialect story.
- p405. Some Cornish Schools of Long Ago—R. Morton Nance. Including Ludgvan.
- p407. The Ancient Crosses and Cross-sites of Zennor—F. C. Hirst, ed. P. A. S. Pool.
- p417. Christmas Customs at Newlyn—J. Kelynack.
- p418. The Tinners Riot of 1729”—Cyril Noall. St. Ives. (Continued)
- p450. Nyns-yu Marow Mordon—Palmor Tyr Sans. Obituary of Robert Morton Nance died 27 May 1959.
- p463. The Fuggan Pit at Little Wheal Speed—Er-an-Moir. St. Ives.
- p468. Hammer and Apron String—Mordon [R. Morton Nance]. The legend of the giants of the Mount and Trencrom.
- p471. The Tucking Mill—Arthur J. Saundry. The fulling mill at St. Buryan.
- p477. Pendrea Cross, St. Buryan—[no author].
- p480. Folk-lore from West Cornwall—Cyril Noall. The collection of Richard John Noall (no relation.)
- p528. Traditions of Old St. Ives—R. J. Noall.
- p542. Old-Time Sunday Best—W. D. Watson Newlyn
- p542. Cornish Slate Memorials—[no author] Including the joint stone for Thomas & E. Fleming (1631) and Thomas (1601) & Alice Cock (1610) at Madron.
- Index—Illustrations, Contributors, Subjects—Volume 5.
Some isolated issues
Some from my collection and some borrowed from Jackie Hill—with thanks.
9. Autumn 1965
- p387. Mousehole funeral walk.
11. Autumn 1966
- p479. Things seen and heard the prospect of Ding Dong
mine being turned into an open cast operation.
Interesting finds in the old Market House, St. Ives.
- p512. Four Cornish fishermen of the 17th century including Nicholas and John Tonkin of Newlyn.
- p518. Flower Wagon in old St. Ives A poem
- p519. Bushellage A ship tithe in St. Ives.
9. Autumn 1971
- p398. Morvah—John Casley (1883–1968) Curiously this article is not in the table of contents.
- p403. An amazing rescue—Stanley Cock Alix Kartz from S. S. Congress by the St. Ives lifeboat.
- p424. John and William Pearce of St. Ives; Men with problems during the Commonwealth period (Part II)—J. C. A. Whetter
11. Autumn 1978
- p559. The Cornish of William Rowe of Sancreed—E. G. R. Hooper.
- p562. The Lanyons of Lanyon, Madron.
12. Spring 1979
- p570. Trek across the Neck—C.A. A dialect poem from St. Ives.
- p579. William Lovett (1800–1877) Leader of the Chartist Movement. A Cornish view—Jim Batten. Born in Newlyn.
2. Spring 1980
- p77. Fantasia on early Christian Carvings—Frederick Pedler.
3. Autumn 1980
- p113. A letter from South Australia, 1842—H. R. Hodge. The author was Honour from St. Ives.
- p155. The rock under the sand—Stanley Cook Dal Dhu in St. Ives Bay.
4. Spring 1981
- p157. A. K. Hamilton Jenkin Obit.—Charles Woolf. Founder member of St. Ives OCS in 1920.
- p182. The restless gulls—E. M. Cock Newlyn.
- p184. ‘Shal-alling’—M. Tangye a wedding custom.
- p186. A question of identity—Michael Gardner. Who was Perkin Warbeck?
6. Spring 1982
- p286. John Knill (1734–1811)—Beryl James.
- p301. A walk by Tregeseal and Nancherrow, St. Just—John Harry.
7. Autumn 1982
- p326. The Courtyard Houses of West Penwith—Craig Weatherhill.
- p355. Good Friday—Sylvia Pender Johns The annual trip to Lamorna.
10. Spring 1996
- p469. Sundials (part 3)—Carolyn Martin Including Gulval, Lelant, Paul, Sennen
- p494. Madron Church–A unique corbel head—Michael Tangye.
- p495.When they raised the Ebenezer—Mary Quick Fore Street Methodist, St. Ives
3. Autumn 1998
None of particular interest.
4. Spring 1999
- p2. Local transport of the past—A. P. Derrington West Cornwall 1910–50
- p12. Penbeagle Cross, St. Ives—Brian Stevens.
- p32. The Plain-an-Gwarry at St. Just: Its conservation and restoration—Michael Tangye.