Chairman and Librarian: Lewis Hocking 01872 863630
Vice Chairman: Martin Hughes
Secretary: Yvonne Frankson
Treasurers: Barry & Kate Gaskill
Recorder: Phil Davey 01872 865400
Meetings are held at Carnon Downs Village Hall on the first Tuesday of each month,
Commencing at 7.15 p.m. Subscriptions £7.50, visitors £2.00
AGM – bring and share supper
Old Cornwall Society
Dolly Pentreath from Mousehole, reputed to be the last person whose native language was Cornish, was the subject of a fascinating account of her life and the Cornish language given by Dr Jan Pentreath who also came from Mousehole. Dolly was a Cornish fishwife who tramped her fishy wares around Penwith and Penzance where she gained the reputation of being the last fluent native Cornish speaker, though she may well not have been. It is said that she sold fish by ‘gabbling’ in Cornish. Opinion is also divided about how much Cornish she could actually speak - though everyone agreed she could swear in Cornish.
The tale that she lived to 102 is purely based on a rhyme from a poem and is not true. There is no record of when she was born, only of her baptism in 1692 and her death in 1777. Strangely no burial of the unmarried Dorothy Pentreath is recorded, but it has been argued that this appears in the parish register under the name of Dolly Jeffery, which is suggested to be the surname of her son's father. Dolly was buried at Paul and there were 8 chosen fishermen bearers who drank a bottle of gin when carrying the coffin up Paul Hill. In 1860 a monument in her honour was set in the churchyard wall. Dr Pentreath was thanked by the Chairman Lewis Hocking.
The next meeting of the Society will be on Tuesday November 6th when Gary Mitchell from Portmellon will be continuing his Boatbuilder’s Story. Meetings are held in the Village Hall commencing at 7.15pm with doors open from 6.45pm. Annual subscriptions £7.50 Visitors £2.00. All are welcome
Colours: Black & Scarlet
Blacksmith's Shop 1940s