St Keyne Cornwall Family History Guide

St Keyne is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cornwall.

Other places in the parish include: Lametten.

Alternative names: St Kean

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1721
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1601

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist and Society of Friends/Quaker.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

KEYNE (ST.), or St. KEAN, a village and a parish in Liskeard district, Cornwall. The village stands on the river Looe, 2 miles S of Liskeard r. station; has a post-office under Liskeard; was anciently called Lametton; took its present name from St. Kayne or Keyna, daughter of Brychan, prince of Brecknock; and has a well, of ancient superstitions repute, dedicated to that saint, and celebrated in a ballad of Southey:- “A well there is in the west country, and a clearer one never was seen; There is not a wife in the west country but has heard of the well of St. Keyne. An oak and elm tree stand beside, and behind does an ash tree grow, And a willow fro, the bank above droops in the water below. If the husband at this gifted well shall drink before his wife, A happy man henceforth is he, for he shall be master for Life.” The water is reported to give the mastery for life to whichever party first drinks it, bride or bridegroom; and a quantity of it was, a few years ago, sent in bottles, as a curiosity, to a bazaar at Mount Edgecumbe. The parish comprises 944 acres. Real property, £990. Pop., 181. Houses, 30. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to the Tresilians, the Coplestones, and others; and passed to the Rashleighs. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £198. Patron, the Rev. H. Cory. The church is good.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

KEYNE, ST., a parish, in the union of Liskeard, hundred of West, E. division of Cornwall, 2½ miles (S.) from Liskeard; containing 194 inhabitants. The parish derives its name from St. Kayne, or Keyna, said to have been the daughter of Braganus, Prince of Brecknockshire, who lived in the fifth century. It comprises by computation 800 acres: the soil is generally a stiff yellow clay; the surface is diversified with hills, and the low grounds are watered by the river Looe. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £5. 18. 6½., and in the gift of Lieut. Cory, R. N.: the tithes have been commuted for £140, and there are 25 acres of glebe. The church is a small plain edifice, and near it is St. Kayne's well, long celebrated in legendary tales for its peculiar virtues; the roof of the inclosure supports, in a singular manner, five trees, two of oak, two of ash, and one of elm, planted more than half a century ago.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Cemeteries

An Index of burial registers between 1813-1837 for the parish of St. Keyne Author: Cornwall Family History Society (England)

Census

Census returns for St. Keyne, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop's transcripts for St. Keyne, 1684-1773 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Keyne (Cornwall)

England, Cornwall, Keyne, bishop's transcripts, 1596-1843 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Keyne (Cornwall); Devon Record Office (Exeter)

England, Cornwall, St. Keyne, bishop's transcripts Author: Devon Record Office (Exeter)

England, Cornwall, St. Keyne, parish registers, 1538-1606 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Keyne (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

Marriages performed at the parish church of St. Keyne (Cornwall), 1722-1837 Author: Jago, Robert S.; Church of England. Parish Church of St. Keyne (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

Parish chest materials, 1804-1877 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Keyne (Cornwall)

Parish register transcripts, 1539-1837 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Keyne (Cornwall)

Parish registers for St. Keyne, 1824-1994 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Keyne (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

Parish of St. Keyne Author: Ivall, Dennis Endean; Thompson, Gillian; Ivall, Dennis Endean, Mrs.

Parish register printouts of Saint Keyne, Cornwall, England ; marriages, 1597-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of St. Keyne, Cornwall, England ; christenings, 1539-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Manors

Manorial documents, 1619-1788 Author: Manor of Lametton (Cornwall)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Poor law records, 1856-1860 Author: St. Keyne (Cornwall)

Cornwall

England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

Cornwall Parish Register Index

FreeREG

Cornwall Burials A-Z index of surnames of people buried in Cornwall

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977

Census

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911

Occupations

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • County: Cornwall
  • Civil Registration District: Liskeard
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: West
  • Poor Law Union: Liskeard
  • Hundred: West (Cornwall)
  • Province: Canterbury