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101 Cornish Lives

Maurice Smelt

101 Cornish Lives coverThis fas­cin­at­ing book ranges over hun­dreds of years and thou­sands of miles, track­ing a col­our­ful cast of Cornish men and women who are, or should be, fam­ous. Sharp, irrev­er­ent, affec­tion­ate and often sur­pris­ing, Maurice Smelt cap­tures the spirit of the place and its people in a col­lec­tion of pen por­traits of saints, her­oes and vil­lains, from St Piran to Rick Rescorla. If you’re Cornish, or you simply love Corn­wall, then this is the book for you.

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Maurice Smelt was born in Borneo and ‘came home’ at seven. An Exhibi­tioner of Sherborne School and Major Scholar of Trin­ity Hall, Cam­bridge, he seemed fated for aca­demia but escaped into advert­ising and became cre­at­ive dir­ector of his agency. Hav­ing helped to set up Writers in Busi­ness, a spe­cial­ist com­pany that scrip­ted any­thing from polit­ical speeches to mul­ti­me­dia extra­vag­an­zas, he moved to Corn­wall in 1984 to do the same sort of thing less fren­et­ic­ally. He was a part­ner in Write by the Sea, which offered very intens­ive courses in Pen­with for writers of every kind. He was con­trib­ut­ing editor of What Advert­ising Is (Pel­ham Books), and edited A Wealth of Tal­ent in the ‘In Pur­suit of Excel­lence’ series. He has been both Hon­or­ary Lib­rar­ian and Chair­man of Mor­rab Lib­rary, and now lives in Pen­zance with his wife and daughter.

  • Intro­duc­tion
  • Acknow­ledge­ments
  • The Lives
  • John Couch Adams, 1819–92
  • Ralph Allen, 1694–1764
  • John Arnold, 1735–99
  • Sir John Arundell, 1576–1656
  • Arthur Bas­sett, 1873–1950
  • Charles Belling, 1884–1965
  • Admiral Wil­liam Bligh, c. 1753–1817
  • John Blight, 1835–1911
  • Tam­son Blight, ?–18??
  • John Bol­itho, 1930–2005
  • Thomas­ine Bonaven­tura, c. 1450–c. 1510
  • Henry Bone, 1755–1834
  • Wil­liam Bor­lase, 1696–1772
  • Admiral Edward Boscawen, Lord Fal­mouth, 1711–61
  • Billy Bray, 1794–1868
  • Mary Bry­ant, 1765–?
  • James Silk Buck­ing­ham, 1786–1855
  • Neville Northy Burn­ard, 1818–78
  • Sir Richard Carew, 1555–1620
  • John Carter, c. 1736–1807
  • Charles Caus­ley, 1917–2003
  • Jack Clemo, 1916–94
  • Wil­liam Clift, 1775–1849
  • Bishop John Colenso, 1814–83
  • Selina Cooper, 1864–1946
  • Sir Humphry Davy, 1778–1829
  • Sir Richard Edgcumbe, c. 1443–89
  • John Pass­more Edwards, 1823–1911
  • Sir John Eliot, 1592–1632
  • Bob Fitz­sim­mons, 1863–1917
  • Thomas Flamank, ?–1497
  • Samuel Foote, 1720–77
  • Car­oline Fox, 1819–71
  • Cros­bie Garstin, 1887–1930
  • Dav­ies Gil­bert, 1767–1839
  • Gen­eral Sir Wal­ter Raleigh Gil­bert, 1785–1853
  • Ann Glan­ville, 1796–1880
  • Sid­ney, Earl of Godol­phin, c. 1630–1712
  • Sir Wil­liam Gold­ing, 1911–93
  • Wil­liam Gregor, 1761–1817
  • Sir Bevil Gren­ville, 1596–1643
  • Daniel Gumb, 1703–76
  • Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, 1793–1875
  • Lemon Hart, 1768–1845
  • Har­old Har­vey, 1874–1941
  • Henry Har­vey, 1777–1850
  • Don­ald Healey, 1898–1988
  • Emily Hob­house, 1860–1926
  • Nich­olas Hol­man, 1777–1862
  • Cyril Henry Hoskins, ?–1981
  • Stephen Hutchens, c. 1670–1709
  • Charles Incledon, 1763–1826
  • A.K. Hamilton Jen­kin, 1900–1980
  • Henry Jen­ner, 1848–1934
  • Michael Joseph – ‘An Gof’, ?–1497
  • Mary Kelyn­ack, 1776–1855
  • Henry Kil­li­grew, 1525–1603
  • John Knill, 1733–1811
  • Richard Lander, 1804–34
  • Peter Lanyon, 1918–64
  • Sir Wil­liam Lemon, 1697–1760
  • Wil­liam Lobb, 1809–64, Thomas Lobb, 1817–94
  • Wil­liam Lovett, 1800–1877
  • Richard Lower, 1631–91
  • Henry Martyn, 1781–1812
  • Thomas Mer­ritt, 1862–1908
  • Percy Mitchell, 1901–70
  • Sir Wil­liam Moles­worth, 1810–55
  • Fanny Moody, 1864–1945
  • Fran­cis Oats, 1848–1918
  • John Opie, 1761–1807
  • Anthony Payne, c. 1612–91
  • Andrew Pears, c. 1765–?
  • David Pen­h­ali­gon, 1944–86
  • Admiral Sir Charles Vinicombe Pen­rose, 1759–1830
  • Dolly Pen­treath, ?–1777
  • St Piran, dates unknown
  • Sir Rose Price, 1768–1834
  • Henry Quick, 1792–1857
  • Sir John Quick, 1852–1932
  • Sir Arthur Quiller-​​Couch, 1863–1944
  • Charles Rash­leigh, 1747–1823
  • Rick Rescorla, 1938–2001
  • Trev­elyan Richards, 1925–81
  • A.L. Rowse, 1903–97
  • Emma Smith’, 1894–?
  • Sir John St Aubyn, 1699–1744
  • Richard Tangye, 1833–1906
  • John Tom, 1799–1838
  • Joseph Tref­fry, c. 1782–1850
  • Sir John Tre­gon­well, ?–1565
  • Bishop Jonathan Tre­lawny, 1650–1721
  • Anne Treneer, 1891–1966
  • Henry Trengrouse, 1772–1852
  • Sil­vanus Tre­vail, 1851–1903
  • John Tre­visa, c. 1342–c. 1402
  • Richard Tre­vith­ick, 1771–1833
  • Sir Richard Vyvyan, 1800–1879
  • Samuel Wal­lis, 1728–95
  • John Wil­li­ams, 1753–1841

ISBN: 0906720508
1st edi­tion
Paper­back
248 pages
216 x 138 mm
11.09.06
£9.95

Writ­ten in a decept­ively easy style, it is both enter­tain­ing and inform­at­ive.’ (Tav­is­tock Times Gaz­ette, 07.09.06)

… a col­lec­tion of Cornish celebrit­ies as bal­anced as it is brave.…
‘A ref­er­ence book as rich as red wine, as enter­tain­ing as it is eru­dite, Maurice Smelt’s 101 Cornish Lives … should be on the book­shelf of all who revel in the taste of Corn­wall and appre­ci­ate and wish to know more about the bou­quet brought to it through­out the cen­tur­ies by his chosen people.’ (West­ern Morn­ing News, 12.09.06)

This is a nicely pro­duced book, is amus­ingly writ­ten and a must for any­one inter­ested in the his­tory of the duchy and the con­tri­bu­tions its people have made to the his­tory of the UK and the world.’ (St Ives Times & Echo, 01.09.06)

… you will want to keep dip­ping into this book’ (Corn­wall Life, October/​November 2006)

… to tell 101 stor­ies in a vivid and com­puls­ive style is no small under­tak­ing. The res­ult is a tri­umph.’ (West­ern Morn­ing News, 21.11.06)

… pages packed with mem­or­able, inter­est­ing people, who have, in some way, enriched Cornwall’s his­tory. … If you like Corn­wall and are inter­ested in people, then you’ll love this book.’ (Corn­wall Today, Decem­ber 2006)

… a book for fam­ily his­tor­i­ans and any­one inter­ested in … people from Corn­wall. … a great book for people who want basic inform­a­tion’ (Cornish World­wide, Winter 2006)

The art­icles on these 101 Cornish lives are quite bril­liant …
‘Maurice Smelt has chosen his char­ac­ters well and his obvi­ous enthu­si­asm and learn­ing has most vividly brought them to life. …
‘… a very enjoy­able and vastly enter­tain­ing read – and an ideal gift for any­one inter­ested in Corn­wall’ (Cornish World, February/​March 2007)

A very good book, eas­ily read­able and nicely pro­duced.’ (Corn­wall Fam­ily His­tory Soci­ety Journal, no. 124, June 2007)

101 Cornish Lives was launched at the Mor­rab Lib­rary in Pen­zance in Septem­ber 2006.

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