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The Observer, 15 February 1801

   A girl of fifteen years of age was, a few days since, committed to Bodmin gaol, charged by the Coroner's Inquest with the murder of her brother, a boy ten years old.  They went from the neighbourhood of Helston into the country begging, but on their return home quarrelled about the division of what they had collected, when, in the heat of anger, the girl twisted a small piece of string round the boy's neck and strangled him in an instant.


The Observer, 15 August 1802

   On the 31st ult. the Rev. W. Griffiths, Vicar of St. Issey, went to Lankeren to visit the nunnery, but not returning, and his horse being found the next morning, near the cliff at Mawgan, it was conjectured he had fallen over into the sea.  On searching the cliff, his body was discovered under water, and was drawn up by ropes; he did not appear to be much bruised by the fall.  Verdict, accidental death.


Cambrian, 21 July 1804

We are concerned to state the premature end of George Rood, mariner, of this town, at Truro, on Monday the 2d inst.  He belonged to the brig Penelope, captain Hicks, and on the above day went on board the brig Friends, Captain Maine, to see an old acquaintance of the name of William Thomas.  They drank rum in the cabin till both became completely intoxicated; in which situation a scuffle ensued between them, and Rood was so much injured that he expired about two hours afterwards.  An inquest was held on the following day. - Verdict, Accidental Death.


Cambrian, 15 December 1804

John Stephens was committed to the county prison at Bodmin a few days ago, charged with the wilful murder of Richard Pentecost, of the parish of St. Kevern.  It appears that Stephens, who belongs to the new office of inspection, met with Pentecost and another man with smuggled goods in their possession, which he attempted to seize; and hence the scuffle which terminated so fatally.


Cambrian, 31 August 1805

Provincial News.

A few days since, a lad, 15 years old, in the parish of St. Hilary, Cornwall, threw a boy of just half that age into the sea, at which the child was much frightened; but though, when he got out, he repeatedly cried murder, the other threw him in a second time, which terrified him so much that he was unable to dress himself, or walk home without assistance.  From that moment his stomach ejected all sustenance, and convulsions soon came on which out an end to his existence.


Cambrian, 14 December 1805

Wednesday, Mrs. Solomon, of Lanivet, near Bodmin, Cornwall, was fully committed to the county gaol there, charged on the coroner's inquest with the wilful murder of her servant girl's illegitimate child, which she is supposed to have accomplished by purring boiling water down its throat.


Cambrian, 14 November 1807

 Portuguese brig of about 100 tons, bound from Oporto to Sligo, and laden with wines, oranges and cork, was driven by the storm of Wednesday se'nnight upon the rocks near Portreath, on the north-western coast of Cornwall.   Captain Bidder, of Swansea, whose vessel was lying in the pier, pushed off in his boat with five men to the assistance of the ship-wrecked foreigners; but the violence of the surf upset his boat, when three of the brave fellows were drowned. ... The three men, who lost their lives in their humane exertions to save the Portuguese from the wreck, were inhabitants of Portreath.  One of them, John Crowthers, has left a widow and several children.


Cambrian, 6 May 1809


On the 17th ult. at his house near Falmouth, Richard Bosanquet, Esq. (the son of the late David Bonsanquet, Esq.) put a period to his existence, by discharging a loaded pistol at his forehead - having, as it appeared from the brains being scattered over the looking-glass, and the blood sprinkled on the books lying on the table under the glass, and the other circumstances, to have quitted his fire-side, and to have placed himself in front of the glass, for the greater certainty if fixing the pistol in the most fatal part.  The bullet entered his forehead, and it is supposed to be lodged near his back, as it never came out.  An inquest was taken the following day before Pearce Rogers, Esq. the Coroner, and a most respectable jury, who, without any hesitation, returned a verdict of lunacy.


Cambrian, 8 December 1810

On Monday evening se'night a very melancholy event took place at Portreath; On the sailing of two vessels from that place, a boat well manned piloted them out (as is unusual), the sea rising very unexpectedly, prevented the possibility of its return; this circumstance induced Mr. Bath and three labourers to get near the pier head, when a heavy sea, without the least notice, washed the whole four off.  Mr. Geo. Reynolds, being near, fastened a rope round his body, and immediately launching in to the water, caught Mr. Bath at the instant he was sinking and providentially brought him to land; the other three, after struggling g with the violence of the waves, sank to rise no more; two of the poor fellows have left large families to deplore their loss.  The boat and crew got safe into St. Ives, in the course of the night.


Cambrian, 19 January 1811

Some days ago an inquest was taken on the body of a poor woman, of the parish of Gwennap, who had got into a cart returning from Redruth market to Comfort; by some means the horse soon after took fright, and ran away; the cart upset; the poor creature was thrown out; and received a fracture in her head, which put an end to her life in the course of two hours and a half.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental Death.

   A few days since an inquest was taken, by Mr. Roger, coroner, of Cornwall, at St. Just's parish, near the Land's End, on the body of John Grenfell, who was found drowned in a well, in the Church town of that parish.  He had got up early in the morning to walk to the adjoining village to work, he being a carpenter. The morning was very stormy and dark, and 'twas supposed that he must have tripped his foot near this well, which caused him to fall, he was precipitated into the well and drowned.  The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.


Carmarthen Journal, 16 March 1811

   On the 5th instant a poor woman of the parish of Buryan, in Cornwall, who had been for some  time past confined in a room of the poor-house of that parish, on account of her deranged state of mind, contrived, when locked up, after having attempted, with the fore lock of her handcuffs to lacerate her throat, tore off a piece of her blanket, which she wound into a cord, fastened one end round her throat, and on the other made a knot, which she pushed through a crevice between the door and the durns, and thereby suspended herself, which caused strangulation, although she was at the time handcuffed and chained to the wall. On opening the door, to get in, the body fell, and it was found on the floor, with the cord of blanket around her neck.  It is supposed she has left behind her about eightscore pounds.  A coroner's inquest sat on the body on the 7th instant, and brought in a verdict of - Lunacy.


Carmarthen Journal, 4 April 1812

   Launceston Assizes, on Thursday, - Wyatt, a publican, was found guilty of the murder of a Jew, whom he had enticed to Fowey, from Plymouth, under a promise of selling him a quantity if guineas, and was ordered for execution this day. ...


Cambrian, 28 August 1813

Extract of a letter from Bodmin, Aug. 17. - An awful visitation, in the case of a sudden death, occurred this day in the church of this town.  On the arrival of the Judges, Sir V. Gibbs and Sir J. Graham, to hear Divine Service, the Clergyman, the Rev. Dr. Pomeroy, was not in his place.  The Captain of the javelin men was therefore dispatched for him, and he arrived after the Judges had been about twelve minutes waiting for him.  The chaplain of the Sheriff helped him on with his gown, and went into the desk, and opened the book; but he had scarcely turned over two or three leaves when he fell down and suddenly expired. - He was about 64 years of age.


Cambrian, 25 February 1815

   A most distressing event occurred at Salter Mills, near Saltash, last week; a young man of the name of Gilbert, playfully presented a gun at a fine boy about six years old, and pulling the trigger, it went off, and killed the child on the spot.  He then ran from the house, threw himself into the mill-pond, and was drowned.


Cambrian, 29 April 1815

   We are extremely sorry to state, that the Concord, Capt. Buse, and the Friends Goodwill, Capt. Bryant, both of Swansea, were lost in Friday last in a gale of wind on the coat of Cornwall, and, we fear, all on board perished, except one man and a boy who belonged to the latter.  The body of poor Bryant was thrown on shore near Padstow the same day.


Cambrian, 30 November 1816

   Suspicion having arisen respecting the cause of the sudden death of Mrs. Downing, of Falmouth, who died at that place on the 4th instant, the body was opened, and the stomach being found in an inflamed state, its contents were subjected to a chemical process by Dr. Edwards.  From the statements given by him, it appeared to the inquest which sat on the body, that her death was occasioned by a quantity of the solution of arsenic which she had taken, and a verdict was returned accordingly.  After the interment of the deceased, a further investigation respecting this mysterious affair was entered into by J. Bull, Esq. the Mayor of Falmouth, when Mr. Donnel, surgeon, who had married the daughter of the deceased, and at whose house she drank tea the evening preceding her death, was arrested, and after a very protracted examination, was on Wednesday evening, fully committed to Bodmin gaol, to take his trial for the murder at the next assizes. ... - West Briton.


Cambrian, 2 August 1817

DIED. - Recently, at Falmouth, by the bursting of a blood-vessel, Mr. John Harris, well known in Wales for nearly 40 years by the appellation of "Gentleman Harris," traveller for Mr. J. G. Everett, of Heytesbury, Wilts. Clothier, and a man universally respected by all who knew him.


Cambrian, 21 March 1818

   A melancholy occurrence took place in the parish of Paul, in Cornwall, on Friday week.  On the morning of that day, an elderly woman, named Elizabeth Badcock, went into a room adjoining the poor-house, in which a lunatic, named A. Harvey, was confined, in order to remove the breakfast things.  As she was about to do this, the maniac knocked her down with his fist, then laid hold of her by the hair with one hand, whilst he continued striking her with the other.  Her cries alarmed some persons who were in the house; but before they could rescue the unfortunate woman, he dashed her head against the wall with such violence, as to fracture her skull on so dreadful a manner, that she expired in a few hours in great agony.  The maniac has been committed to Bodmin gaol, on the warrant of the Coroner, before whom an inquest on the body was taken on Sunday last.


Cambrian, 28 September 1818

   The Charles, Bankes master, came into Swansea harbour on Monday morning last, during a heavy gale; when within the piers, the boat was lowered, and the mate and another man got into it, but not being completely disengaged from the vessel, it was instantly swamped, and the mate perished; the other saved himself with difficulty by swimming.  The deceased's name was John Whetter, a man of good character, and the chief support of his aged parents, who reside at Mounts-bay.


Cambrian, 18 May 1822

CAUTION. - On the 3d inst. in consequence of drinking cold water, when in a state of perspiration, the Tuesday preceding, Mr. John Hill, of Boquio, in the parish of Wendron, Cornwall, - a man respected by all who knew him.


Cambrian, 6 July 1822


TWO FEMALES BURNT TO DEATH. - On Tuesday morning, about one o'clock, a fire broke out in the Half-Moon inn, at St. Columb, kept by Mr. Laurance, which raged with such irrestible fury, that in less than two hours, the inn itself, the stables, &c. with the greater part of the furniture and stock, together with four adjoining houses inhabited by Mr. Ellis, saddler; Mrs. Keam, grocer; Mr. Yolland, baker; and Mrs. George, confectioner, were totally consumed.  The flames at one time assumed so terrific an aspect, as to threaten destruction to the whole town; this was principally to be attributed to a scarcity of water, but as fast as that could be procured the fire-engine was supplied and worked with the utmost effect.  The greatest exertions were made by the inhabitants, who about four o'clock in the morning happily succeeded in stopping the further progress of the devouring element, and in preserving the property of the sufferers.  It is our melancholy duty to relate, that the daughter of Mr. Laurance, a fine girl about twelve years of age, together with Ann Webb, a maid servant, who slept in that part of the house in which the fire began, unfortunately perished in the flames.  Their bodies were dug out of the ruins a few hours after the fire had been got under, burnt in a shocking manner.  Four of the houses burnt down are insured.  At the Coroner's Inquest on the bodies the verdict was - Accidental Death by Fire.  No positive account has reached us as to the immediate cause of this most distressing calamity.

   Last week was washed on shore, at Proustock, in St. Keverne, near Helston, the body of a man apparently about 40 years of age; - his face was very much disfigured; he had on a short blue jacket, a waistcoat, brown trowsers, shoes and worsted stockings; a blue and white kerchief about his neck, and another round his arm near the wrist.  In his pocket was a tobacco-box with an engraved anchor on it, and the words "Success to sailors," a knife with a hole in the handle, and a piece of copper resembling a Guernsey double.  On his right arm, a crucifix was marked in the skin.  The body is supposed to be that of one of the crew of the Pigmy schooner, lately cast away off Mevagissey.


Cambrian, 14 September 1822

CORNWALL. - A melancholy case of suicide occurred at St. Ives, on Saturday week, in the family of the Rev. Mr. Morris, Dissenting Minister of that place.  Mr. and Mrs. Morris had gone to Penzance  on Saturday morning, and on their return in the evening found their niece, a young lady about twenty-four years of age, suspended to a nail which she had herself driven in the wall of the bed-room; when discovered she was quite dead.  A Coroner's inquest was held on the body, and the Jury after a long deliberation, found that the deceased had out a period to her existence in a fit of insanity. - We have not learned the cause of the aberration of intellect which led to this lamentable catastrophe.


The Cambrian, 7 June 1723


   On Thursday, a woman named Quiller, wife to a tailor at Liskeard, hung herself in her kitchen.  Her husband was up stairs at work, and hearing an unusual noise, called several times, bur receiving no answer, descended and found his wife suspended from a nail.  Every effort to restore animation proved ineffectual, nor can any cause be assigned for the commission of the rash act.


The Cambrian, 20 December 1823


    Last week the bodies of two men were washed on shore at Godrevy, near St. Ives.  Part of the dress remaining on one of the bodies, has led to a supposition that it is that of Capt. Parnall of the Renford, lost in the storm of the 31st October; the other body was much mutilate; both have been decently interred.


The Cambrian, 14 February 1824

   The PO, Billing, from Llanelly, on entering Padstow harbour on Sunday last, was struck by a sea, which washed the master and his son overboard, and both were drowned.


The Cambrian, 20 March 1824

SHOCKING OCCURRENCE. - On the evening of Thursday last, the tone of Redruth was alarmed by a report, that a girl named Emma George, had hanged her infant brother, under the influence of insanity; and the report was speedily ascertained to be too well founded.  The unfortunate girl whose mind appears to have been for some time under the influence of strong excitement, had indulged a wish to be freed from the anxieties and snares which she conceived awaited her in her progress through life, and supposing that there was no way of obtaining the desired end so effectually as by committing murder, which would secure her execution and afford opportunity for preparation, during her confinement, she cast her eyes about for the most suitable subject on which to execute her purpose.  She could not think of hazarding the eternal welfare of another to secure her own, and she consequently abandoned the idea of taking the life of her mother, which had first suggested itself; she next thought of her brother, a child about seven years of age, and under the supposition that she should thereby secure the everlasting happiness of the child to whom it appears she was fondly attached, as well as her own, she determined to make him the victim.

   On the evening in question, she returned from working at a mine, and whist she made tea for herself, her mother went to meeting; her brother remained in the house, and had some tea, shortly after taking which she prepared a noose on each end of a silk handkerchief; one she placed on the child's neck, and lifting him up, she suspended him from a crook behind the door, and on letting go her hold on him, said, --"there, go to heaven." Whilst engaged in this manner, she continued singing hymns.  Though a man and his son were in a room over head, and a family in the opposite room, they did not hear any thing calculated to excite particular attention.  After she had suspended the child, it appears she became alarmed; for she ran into an opposite room, wringing her hands, calling on God, and exclaiming, "What have I done !" - A considerable time elapsed before she could be induced to say she had hanged her brother.  The persons to whom she spoke ran into the room, and cut down the child; bout life was extinct; every effort made to produce resuscitation, being unavailing.  When she found the child was dead, she attempted to cut her own throat with a large knife, which was wrested from her.

  On Friday, an inquest was held on the body, before Mr. Pearce Rogers, one of the Coroners of the county, who explained to a respectable Jury, the law respecting homicide, and the distinction between murder and manslaughter; when after duly considering the evidence adduced, a verdict of Manslaughter was returned, and the unfortunate girl was committed to Bodmin gaol, to take her trial at the ensuing Assizes.

   It appears that the girl, who is in her eighteenth year, was of a violent and ungovernable disposition from her youth; but except on the subject connected with this unhappy affair, she exhibits no symptoms of insanity; con all other topics, she is rational and consistent. This is the fourth child belonging to the same parents, who has met a violent death; two of their children were burnt to death, and another was killed by a loaded cart passing over him. [See also North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 24 March.]


North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 15 April 1824


   AT these Assizes the only trial of extraordinary interest was that of Emma George, of Redruth, the girl who we noted at the time of her committal from the coroner's inquest, for hanging her little brother and bidding him "go to heaven."

   John Cocking, the Constable, deposed to the confession the prisoner made to him whilst in custody.  After the prisoner had laid down half an hour, she came and sat near witness, by the fire.  Witness said, "Amy, you appear to be a little more composed than you were just now;" to which she replied, "Yes, I am." Witness enquired if she could recollect what she had done?  She said she could, and would tell him the whole from beginning to end.  She began by saying, that her mind had been impressed for some time with a persuasion, that she ought to commit a murder; that on the Monday and Tuesday before her mind was fixed upon her mother as the person whom she should murder;; that she endeavoured to banish the idea from her mind; her mind was then easier until Thursday morning, when, as she was at work in the mine, it came upon her with greater force than before; she went to the boiling house to eat her dinner; whilst there she recollected seeing a little boy standing by the engine-room door, and regretted that she had not thrown him down the shaft, for then she would have done what she had long had upon her mind; that in coming from work the same day down Back-lane, she saw two children at play near the shaft of a mine, and said to herself I will throw one of these children down the shaft; the children ran after each other in the course of their play, so that she could not do as she had designed; nearer home she saw other children, and still preserved her design of seizing one of them to throw into the shaft behind her house, but so many persons were passing she could not effect her purpose; after waiting some time, she returned home, and found her mother was going to meeting; her mother said to her "Your supper is ready for you, Amy, you can take it, for I am going to meeting, and little Benj. will be left at home with you;" she then felt glad that she could do the thing she had long wished for; she took her supper sitting down at the end of the table, her little brother sitting before the fire; she gave the child part of her food, and said to him, "Should you lie to go to heaven, dear?" to which he replied, "Yes, when I die;" she then got up, took a black silk handkerchief, tying it in a running knot; she then asked him, "is it too tight dear?" and the child, looking up in her face and smiling, said "No;" she then requested  the child to fetch a cup of water, intending to catch him up while his back was towards her, but he returned too quickly; she drank some of the water, then took the child with one arm, and with the other hand fastened the handkerchief to the crook, looked him full in the face, and then left the room!" Here, continued the witness, the prisoner's feelings became so overpowered, that he did not pores her to say any thing further.  About an hour afterwards, he asked her, whether, if it was undone, she would do it again; she wrung her hands, and said, "Oh! No - the dear child! the dear child!"

   On his cross-examination, the witness stated that about three or four months since, "revival" took place amongst the Methodists at Redruth, which they called "an out-pouring of the Spirit." This lasted six or seven weeks.  During that time he had known the meeting-house to have been open for two or three days and nights without intermission.  At these meetings the most extravagant excitements are made upon the feelings of the people, calculated to produce effect upon the minds of weak persons.  They cry out in a very extraordinary manner, using violent gesticulation, and some of them appear to be almost in a state of derangement.

   Mary George, mother of the prisoner, was then called, and gave her testimony as follows: - About seven weeks before this transaction happened, a revival took place at Redruth.  My daughter went to the Methodist meeting about two o'clock, and about half past ten I went to look for her.  The chapel was very full, and after a little time I saw her, and she perceived me. - She was lifting up her hands as high as she could, and throwing herself backwards and forwards in the most extravagant manner.  When she saw me, she began to cry to her dear father and mother to pray for themselves, and that we could not conceive the danger we lived in.  When I got up to her, she had neither bonnet,  cloak, handkerchief, or pattens; but I afterwards found them thrown about in different directions, as if she had been in several places.  She did not appear as she used to do.  Next night she went again, returned about ten o'clock, and in a most violent and outrageous manner began to pray for her father and me.  She never missed going to the Methodist meeting but one Sunday afterwards, and always attended the class-meetings.  At the revivals, there are meetings all day and night for some days.  My daughter always appeared fond of her brother, and lived upon good terms with every one. Before this happened, I was fearful that Amy would do me some violence, as she had told me she was tempted  to murder me, and I put the knives away, that she might neither destroy herself nor me.

   Margaret Osborn saw the prisoner about ten days before the death of her brother.  She said she was very unwell, and that her brains were turning.  Her eyes were rolling in her head, and she appeared to be quite vicious.  Cautioned her against ting such thoughts tempt her, and read to her part of the book of Genesis.

   Here the prisoner, about whom there did not now appear to be the least symptom of derangement, became so affected that she was removed near the door, but within hearing of what was passing in Court.

  The Learned Judge ob served, in his address to the Jury, that it appeared this unhappy girl had committed the act with which she stood charged under a strong religious excitement; and it was the duty of pastors and teachers to endeavor to suppress these acts of extravagancy on the part of their weak and enthusiastic hearers, or else other steps must be taken.  He did not mean to reflect upon a particular set of people, but bi was manifest in the present case that nothing could be more mischievous than that the feelings and passions of weak people should be wrought up to such acts as these.  As to the verdict of manslaughter returned at the inquest, a more absurd one could not have been given, for if the act was committed in a sound mind it must be murder.  He hoped the publicity which would be given to this distressing case would be the means of deterring others from the commission of such crimes for the future.

   The Jury then acquitted the prisoner, considering her to have committed the act while in a state of insanity; and his Lordship said she should not snuffer a long imprisonment.  He however hoped her friends would take care to secure her if she should be so afflicted again.


The Cambrian, 4 December 1824


   In another part of our paper, we have given some particulars of the devastating effects of the tremendous gales among the shipping on the 22d and 23d ult. .  .  . 

   On Tuesday night about nine o'clock, the brig happy return, about one hundred tons burthen, laden with butter, beef, pork, and Irish linen, was driven on shore at Widemouth Bay, in the parish of Poundstock, Cornwall.  The crew, consisting of five men and a boy landed in safety, but owing to the inclemency of the weather, and darkness of the night, being unable to discover and house or place of shelter, the captain and the body died of fatigue before they could obtain assistance.  Another of the crew died on Wednesday, and the life of the third is despaired of.


The Cambrian, 4 December 1824

   A woman named Betsy Nimmis was found drowned at Penryn on Tuesday morning - whether from accident or design is unknown; but from her having left her house without her bonnet and pockets, it is feared the latter was the case.


The Cambrian, 11 December 1824

   On Monday, the mate of  West Indianman lying at Falmouth, went with three men and a boy, in one of the boats, up the harbour.  The mate and the men landed, leaving the boy in charge of the boat; and the lad, to amuse himself during their absence, commenced sailing about, when unfortunately the boat was upset by a squall of wind, and the poor fellow perished.


The Cambrian, 29 January 1825

The French brig, L'Amitie, bound from Marseilles to Havre de Grace, was driven on shore, during a gale of wind, early on Tuesday morning, at Perran, near Marazion.  Two of the crew were unfortunately drowned; the cargo is landing in a damaged state; the vessel is a wreck.

The Cambrian, 30 July 1825

   Last week, as some children were at play near the cliffs, in the vicinity of Boscastle, one of them, a fine boy about seven years of age, fell over the precipice and was dashed to pieces.


The Cambrian, 18 February 1826
   During a severe gale from the South, on Monday se'nnight, the ketch Ida, of Stockholm, of about 150 tons burthen, J. C. Holtz, master, was driven on shore between Porthleaven harbour and Loe bar, in Mount's Bay.  Before she struck, four of her curfew were washed overboard and drowned;   .  .  .   A young woman named Candy, whilst looking at the wreck, was blown into Loe Pool, by the violence of the wind, and was drowned, it being impossible to afford her any assistance.  - On Monday night, a lad belonging to Helston was drowned near the wreck, as is supposed, whilst he was endeavouring to secure some part of the vessel or cargo.


The Cambrian, 10 June 1826

   A young woman of St. Breage, Cornwall, was committed to gaol, on Saturday week, charged with murdering her illegitimate child.  She confessed that on the Tuesday preceding, while at work on a farm, she was prematurely taken in labour, and delivered herself of a child in an outhouse, which she immediately strangled, and then returned to her work.  She had not however totally deprived the poor infant of life, for shortly afterwards she heard a feeble cry, when she again proceeded to the spot, and tying her apron-strings round the babe's throat, silenced its complaining for ever ! She afterwards buffed the body in an orchard, where it was accidentally discovered.


The Cambrian, 9 September 1826

   On Wednesday evening the body of a gentleman named Rose, who resided in the neighbourhood of Padstow, was found at the foot of a cliff, 800 feet high, in a dreadful mangled state. - It is supposed that the unfortunate deceased threw himself over, as his hat and coat were found near the brink of the precipice. - No cause, except insanity, has been assigned for the fatal act.


The Cambrian, 9 September 1826

   Last week, a young man named Trewartha, who resided near Carharrick, in the parish of Gwennap, hanged himself under the following extraordinary circumstances.  He had shortly before returned from his work at a mine, and eat his dinner without manifesting any agitation or depression of mind; after dinner he took down a Bible and read a chapter, then withdrew to his bed-room, and spent some time in prayer, immediately after which he went to an adjoining out-house, where he was found in the course of the evening hanging to a beam and quite dead.  Verdict - Insanity.


The Cambrian, 14 July 1827


At Lelant, near Hayle, on Friday last, in the prime of life, in consequence of an injury he received the Tuesday before, by a fall from his horse, Mr. Edward Banfield, proprietor of the Lelant Brewery. .  .  .  . 


Carmarthen Journal, 29 February 1828

   During a violent gale from W.N.W. to N.W. the schooner Clipper, Roach, master, of Saint Ives, from Neath, with coals, for Hayle, was driven on the rocks near Godreavy, early on Monday se'nnight, and all on board perished.

 .  .  .   None of the bodies of the crew, consisting of four persons, have been found.


Carmarthen Journal, 28 March 1828

FATAL QUACKERY. - Two brothers, servants to a farmer in the parish of Lanhydrock, Cornwall, thinking they had got the itch, were advised by some ignorant person to anoint themselves with corrosive sublimate as a remedy.  They accordingly procured some of this dangerous substance, and on the night of Thursday last applied it plentifully.  In less than two hours they felt a sensation of heat where they had applied the ointment, and an almost unsupportable thirst; they left their bed and went to a pump in the yard, from which they drank water plentifully, and where they washed themselves, thinking to remove the sensation they felt.  Whilst thus engaged they were taken so ill as to be unable to walk into the house.  They called for assistance and were put to bed; the next morning they were visited by a surgeon; but notwithstanding every effort to counteract the effects of their injudicious conduct, one died Tuesday in great agony, and the other was not expected to survive.


The Cambrian, 14 June 1828

   On Friday se'nnight, as the sloop Susan was approaching the harbour of Padstow, a seaman named Waters, belonging to that port, complained of being taken suddenly ill; being within a quarter of a mild of the harbour, he was got into a boat, but he expired before he reached the shore. - The deceased has left a widow and four children.


The Cambrian, 6 September 1828

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - A steam-boat belonging to Mr. Phillip Marrack, jun. of Penzance, and of which he was master, was on Thursday morning returning from Mullion, deeply laden with pilchards, which had just been taken from the sean, when she took in water and sunk.  The crew, consisting of Mr. Marrack, three men, and two boys, got into the jolly-boat, which he had in tow, but unfortunately the mizzen-boom of the large boat, in sinking, struck the smaller one, on board of which the crew had just got, and upset it.  Mr. Marrack, a man named John Curnow, and a boy named Pascoe Richards, were drowned.  Mr. Marrack has left a wife and five children, and Curnow a wife and three children.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 30 January 1830

   On Tuesday last, Mr. John Peter, of Tremaine, near Padstow, seeing a flock of wild geese in the neighbourhood, went in pursuit of them, accompanied by his apprentice, a lad about 13 years of age.  Each carried a gun; Mr. Peter had a single-barreled, and the lad carried a double-barreled piece.  On coming to a hedge near the geese, Mr. Peter cocked both locks of the lad's gun, and desired him to fire when he should give the word.  Mr. Peter fired and immediately turned to the lad, saying "fire."  The boy discharged both barrels, and being unable to raise the gun sufficiently, the contents were lodged in the head of his unfortunate master, which was literally blown to piece, and he fell dead on the spot, leaving a widow in a state of pregnancy, and four infant children, to lament their irreparable loss. - West Briton.


The Cambrian, 13 February 1830

NINE PERSONS KILLED. - A terrible calamity occurred on Wednesday at the United Hills Mine, in the parish of St. Agnes, Cornwall.  It appears that while the miners were all standing round the fire in the steam-engine, for the purpose of warming themselves, the boiler suddenly burst.  The consequence was, that nine of the poor creatures were killed, and two others are ill of the injuries they received.  All the deceased were so dreadfully burnt and bruised, hat their persons could scarcely be recognized; some were so scorched, that the skin of their hands fell off, and when picked up, was not unlike dry leather gloves.  The bursting of the boiler cannot be accounted for; it had not been in use more than two or three days, after having undergone a thorough repair; and it burst in the bottom part of the tube, in a place apparently as strong as any part of it.  It was the duty of his engine-man to regulate the feed of steam; and it appeared he had done so not long before the explosion took place; h is believed to have been fully competent in his duty.  Verdict at the inquest - Accidental Death; no blame being attributable to any person.


The Cambrian, 6 March 1830


   On Wednesday s'nnight, at Penzance, in consequence of being dreadfully burnt by her clothes accidentally taking fire, Mrs. Rogers, wife of Mr. W. Rogers, of his Majety's Customs, at that port, aged 55 years.


The Cambrian, 17 April 1830

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - On Monday se'nnight at noon, a m. E. Nickels, master of the brig Thomas, from Wales, his son, a man and boy who sailed with him, and two young men, passengers to Devomport, were going in the jolly-boat to board the vessel outside Fowey harbour, just as they got alongside, the sea rebounding caused he boat to sheer off and upset, which precipitated them all into the water.  We egret to say that one of the mariners, named Giles, whose distressed widow has been in  fits almost ever since, and Mr. Henry Pye, of London, who had been bon a visit to his relation, Mr. Thomas, rope maker of Fowey, intending to go to Devonport to commence business as a mathematical instrument maker, were drowned. .  .  . 


Carmarthen Journal, 14 May 1830


Some time since an old man named John Blamey, who resided in Veryan, felt some inconvenience from a hard swelling on his lip, and a traveling Quack Doctor coming to the house in which he resided, he consulted him on it.  The quack told him he had a cancer, which unless it was cut out must prove fatal.  The piece was cut from the lip accordingly, but contrary to the assurance given by the quack, the blood spouted in four distinct streams from the wound, with great force.  After in vain applying lint and some liquid from a bottle he had, the quack asked for sealing wax, pitch, or rosin, but as neither of these articles could be obtained, he applied cobwebs, and finally left the house without being able to stop the bleeding, nor does it appear that he ever returned to enquire after his patient.  The deceased, who was upwards of 80 years of age, continued to get weaker daily, and died on the 3rd inst.  The fatal issue of the quack's operation, excited a sensation at Veryan, [and the jury] found - that the deceased  [.............] in consequence of an operation performed on his lip by a person calling himself Sidney Guelph Churchill, against whom they found a verdict f manslaughter, - West Briton.


The Cambrian, 22 May 1830


   Sarah Gooding, about ten years of age, daughter of a seaman, belonging to the Preventive Service, at Port Wrinkle, in the parish of Sheviock, Cornwall, having displeased her father on Friday se'nnight, was ordered by him to wear her every-day clothes on the following Sunday, as a punishment.  In the course of the Saturday, however, the perverse child contrived to obtain about an ounce of laudanum, and swallowed it.  She died in consequence !


The Cambrian, 2 October 1830

FATAL ACCIDENT. - The eldest son of Mr. Glasson, merchant of Falmouth, and his cousin, Master Henry Mogg, merchant of Bridgewater, were drowned on Friday afternoon, by the sudden upsetting of a boat in which they were cruising in Falmouth harbour, occasioned by a squall of wind.  A boatman who accompanied them, was saved.  The bodies of the two young gentlemen have been picked up.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 July 1831

   Last week a man named Joseph Hoskins, was killed at Wheal Jackobin mine, in Madron, by the premature explosion of a charge of gunpowder preparing for blasting a rock, by which an iron borer he was using was projected with such force as o pass through his head, and afterwards through a deal-board near him.  The deceased was twenty-two years of age and unmarried.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 December 1831


   Tuesday morning, about en, a brig of 200 tons, called the William of Plymouth, Perry master, ran in upon the sands at Padstow at a time of tide when it is dangerous to do so; the consequence was, that tee crew were obliged to abandon the vessel (which soon went to pierces) in the boat, which was almost immediately swamped, and the whole on board were drowned.  The number of persons is not known - three bodies, those of the master, mate, and another, have washed on shore, the matte's name is Kinmore. - Cornubian.


Cambrian, 25 April 1840


Lately, at Truro, Joseph Pascoe, aged 21.  His death was occasioned by the glanders; he caught the fatal disorder from a horse that he attended, having accidentally touched the matter with his hand and afterwards lifted his hand to his right ear.  He died delirious.  The flesh round the ear, nose, and eyes, putrified.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 June 1840

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT AT MESSRS. HARVEY & CO'S  HAYLE FOUNDRY. - About half-past five o'clock on Thursday morning the boiler of the engine belonging to the Hammers Mill burst, by which the engine man, Thomas Pearce, was so seriously injured that he is since dead. .  .  .  . 


Monmouthshire Merlin, 19 December 1840



   As R. Chirgwin was at work at Parkenoweth Mine, St. Just, a large "scale" of ground fell upon him, and so dreadfully crushed him, that there is no hope entertained of his recovery.

   R. Jennings was killed in Ding Dong Mine, by a great mass of rubbish falling on him whilst at his labour.

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