St Merryn Cornwall Family History Guide

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

Other places in the parish include: Trevethan.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1688
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1616

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist, Presbyterian, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MERRYN (ST.), a parish in St. Columb district, Cornwall; on the coast, 2 miles WSW of Padstow, and 15 WNW of Bodmin-Road r. station. It has a post office under Padstow, Cornwall, and a fair on the Monday before 22 June. Acres, 3,928; of which 130 are water. Real property, £5,012. Pop., 570. Houses, 109. The property is subdivided. Harlyn was, till recently, the seat of the Peter family, and commands a splendid seaview. The surface is exceedingly diversified; and the coast is lined by high rugged cliffs. The rocks are crystalline and schistose, and include veins of lead and antimony. Roofing slate is quarried; and a dark-coloured trap, almost equal to marble, is worked. A small quay, constructed in 1794, is under Catacluse cliff. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £257. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church is ancient and pretty good; was partly rebuilt of Catacluse stone; and contains a curiously carved trap-rock font. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Bible Christians. A church formerly stood near Harlyn, and has left some remains.

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

Parish Registers

Marriages at St Merryn 1689 to 1812 - View and Download Free PDF

Parish Records


England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

Cornwall Parish Register Index


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


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


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


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Cornwall
  • Civil Registration District: St Columb
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiars of the Court of the Bishop of Exeter (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1848 - None, Post-1847 - Pydar
  • Poor Law Union: St Columb Major
  • Hundred: Pyder
  • Province: Canterbury