Prideaux Boy

Prideaux Boy, the well known and successful thoroughbred bay, was born in 1978 at The Wychnor Stud. His sire was Idiots Delight and his dam Firella. His full pedigree can be viewed here on the Sporthorse data website. He ran over 32 times, with an impressive record and race winnings, which can be viewed here. […]

Dr. James Malcolm Maclaren 1873 – 1935

James Malcolm Maclaren (always known as Malcolm) was a world-renowned geologist and mileage millionaire. He was born in New Zealand and travelled the world as a consulting mining engineer. He was a specialist on the mining of gold, silver, lead, zinc, tin, mercury, copper, china clay, bauxite and phosphate. It was on his advice that many Cornish mines were closed during the early years of the 20th Century, most particularly the 1920’s. He married Harriett, the elder sister of C C Vyvyan, the travel writer. These ladies were of the Williams family of Caerhays and the Powys-Rogers of Stanage Park. Malcolm Maclaren died at the family home of Burncoose, Cornwall in 1935 and is buried a Gwennap Church.

Lady Clara Coltman Vyvyan

Lady Clara Vyvyan Following my original article on Lady Clara, I came into further information which I shall detail here. I also have been given permission to share some memories from her surviving great nephews. Hopefully these new stories will help to illustrate Clara’s character and relationships with her family. You may care to read […]

Walter Hingston Prideaux (1806 – 1889)

Walter Hingston Prideaux (1806 – 1899) I thought that I would write a short biography about Walter Prideaux who descended through the line of John and Sybell of Luson and the heir Hugh. It is because of an 1835 Mahogany Longcase Clock I own.  I descend from Hugh’s brother John. Walter’s line moved through the […]

Lady Clara Coltman Vyvyan 1885 – 1976 aka C C Rogers

It only took opening and beginning to read the first chapter of The Old Place by C C Vyvyan before I was hooked. I have read everything of hers that I can get my hands on – several times and never tire of her words. Clara Vyvyan can take the reader into her circle and […]

The Travels of John Prideaux 1900. New York to Liverpool aboard S S Lucania.

New York to Liverpool aboard Steam Ship Lucania May 5th Breakfasted at 7.15 am. Took car at 8.15 for Steam Ship Lucania and went onboard 8.45 for Liverpool Our State rooms were opposite each other and very comfortable. We sat first table all the way across the Atlantic. Had roast mutton and vegetables first day […]

The Travels of John Prideaux through the U.S. and the U.K. in 1900

The journal is the property of Pamela Prideaux of Portland, Oregon and her family.  I have permission to copy it here and allow some fascinating insights into the means of travel in the year 1900. Pamela is the granddaughter of George Prideaux who stayed behind in Portland while his parents, John and Jane (Mamma) and […]

An Baner Kernewek February 2017

Featured in this month’s An Baner Kernewek /Cornish Banner The Cornish Banner / An Baner Kernewek is Cornwall’s foremost cultural magazine. Now in its 41st year and having reached No. 167 it is the land’s longest running serious quarterly. As well as providing up-to-date commentary on the current world scene the magazine deals with contemporary events […]

Daphne du Maurier and her Cornish homes

Daphne du Maurier (1907 – 1989) and her Cornish homes. Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning, DBE, first saw Fowey in 1923 while descending Bodinnick Hill during a search for a holiday home with her mother and sisters. The family had taken several holidays in Cornwall and Daphne had always enjoyed them but secretly hoped […]