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History of Cornwall, William Hals 

 St Minver mid 18th Century

Taken from Lakes Parochial History, Joseph Polsue, which also included earlier histories extracted from Hals, History of Cornwall.


Minver, or S. Mynfer, vicarage, is situate in the hundred of Trigg, and bath upon the north and west, the Irish sea, cliff, and Padstow harbour; south, Eglesheyle; east, S. Endellyan.

In the Domesday Book this parish was taxed by the name of Ros-minver,

In the Inquisiton of the Bishops of Lincoln and Winchester, into the value of Cornish benefices, 1294, Ecclesia de Mynfred, or Mynfer, in decanatu de Minor Trigshire, was rated £7, vicar ejusdem 20s.

In Wolsey’s Inquisition, 1521, £13 l0s. ld.

The patronage, formerly in the Prior of Bodmin, who endowed it, now Prideaux, of Netherton; the incumbent Lewellin; and the parish rated to the 4s. per pound Land Tax, 1696, temp. William III. £385 13s

At Trevill-va, alias Trevelva, there is yet extant an ancient free chapel for divine service, kept in good repair by the lord of this place, furnished with an old English Bible, heretofore made use of in this chapel.

This barton is the dwelling of William Silly., Esq, commissioner for the peace temp. James II., and one of his corporation regulators. He married Kekewich of Trehawke; and had issue Hender Silly, his son and heir, that died without issue; after her death he married Honour, one of the coheirs of Carter, and bath issue by her also; his father married Cotton, sister to Sir John Cotton, of Botreaux Castle. His grandfather, John Silly, gent., attorney-at-law, of S. Wenn, married Marks, of that place, where he got a great estate by the inferior practice of the law, and altered his name and arms from Ceely to Silly, for what reason I know not; in testimony whereof he and his posterity ever since gave the arms of Ceely, viz., in afield Azure, a chevron between three mullets Or.

King James the Second’s regulators of corporation in Cornwall, were Humphry Borlase, Esq., of Treludrow, Sheriff, William Silly, Esq-, aforesaid, William Cood, of Pensiple, Esq., Mr. Edward Vincent, of Truro, and Edward Noseworthy, Esq.

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