After the 1497 uprising, Bewnans Meriasek was written around AD1500 and no doubt performed around then and it is evidence of Cornish resentment towards the Tudor government. Bewnans Meriasek has been seen as “very much a standard late medieval vita”, although “written in the Cornish language and focused upon the district of Camborne, celebrating a […]
There is no information regarding William Ham’s life circumstances, however we know that he took part in the Rebellion through a reference found on William Ham is in A.L. Rowse’s Tudor Cornwall (p.122), with the footnote Rolls Parlt. vi. 544. The parish of Stoke Climsland is situated in the valley of the river Tamar and is bounded by the […]
Very little is known about Richard Borlase; he may have died in the battle of Blackheath, but this is not certain. He is mentioned in Henry vii’s “Bill of Attainder or Conviction “. A bill of attainder is one in which the convict’ s goods must be forfeit to the crown. Wives, however, if they […]
Of both Ralph Retallack and Thomas Polgrene (Polgreen), of St Columb and Polgreen (most likely Polgreen Manor near Polgooth) respectively, very little is known apart from their part in the rebellions of 1497, and their signatures to the petition against the unfair taxation (Rowse 1943, Payton 1996) Both had their lands, titles, liberties and property […]
Until a short while ago, I did not link the Camborne Miracle Play ‘Bewnans Meryasek’, the 1497 uprising and a gentleman, John ‘Gentleman John’ de Rosewarne from Rosewarne near Camborne in the County of Kerrier in Cornwall. The uprising was concerning the taxes from King Henry Tudor to enable the English to fight the Scots. […]
Helston tends to be remembered for its associations with the outbreak of the 1549 Prayer Book rebellion. But this was not the first time that the town had featured in Cornwall’s rebellious past since in 1497 its recent MP, William Antron, became one of the key leaders in the first uprising of that year. Antron, […]
There is no record of any Trevysall outside of the bill of attainder. There are several reasons for this – if John Trevysall was truly his name, then he may not have been important enough to leave other documents that mention him. Another reason is that surnames in Cornwall were not fixed; the trend for […]
Hello all, here is Thomas Flamank. Thomas Flamank was a lawyer and a former MP from Bodmin in Cornwall. With the blacksmith Michael Joseph from St Keverne, he led an army to London to protest against taxes and the closure of the Cornish Stannary Parliament.. Joseph and Flamank fought a large battle against the army […]
Biographical details of Michael Joseph are limited. He came from the artisan class and his lack of wealth would have left no paper trail at this time. Written sources of the time tell us only that he was a blacksmith who came from St Keverne. The title ‘An Gof’ that followed Michael Joseph’s name denoted […]
On June 27th every year we commemorate the leaders of the AD1497 commotion, when the Cornish marched to London and met terrible vengeance at the hands of King Henry Tudor. This year we wanted to remember there were more Cornish leaders in AD1497. We wanted to get a very short biography of some of these, […]
Midsummer Bonfire Online Every year, on St John’s Eve (23rd June) the Cornish have celebrated midsummer with bonfires. Because the fires were postponed until we could be together again, Agan Tavas and the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies hosted a virtual bonfire on the 23rd June as part of Speak Cornish Week. Everyone could share […]
THE CHARTER FRAGMENT AND PASCON AGAN ARLUTH gans Williams, Everson, Kent The first fully comprehensive examination of these historical Cornish texts including a palaeographic transcription of the handwriting of the original scribes. h.b. K.S. 978-1-78201-182-8 […]
Everone who came agreed that the Tregedna type day organised by Agan Tavas was a great success. About 20 people altogether came and were engaged in various activities all through the medium of Cornish. The Art demonstration given by Jan Lobb was very challenging with variable results. This was followed by a cheese tasting competition […]
On Friday 25th October we are holding a board games evening, all welcome. Play Scrabble, Cluedo, Mouse Trap and many more including simple games like Snakes and Ladders for beginners. Venue: The Liberal Party Hall, Vivian Street, Camborne. Time: 7.00pm, £2.00 on the door, tea and light refreshments.
On Wednesday 10th July 2019 at the Holyer an Gof ceremony held at the RIC Truro the Agan Tavas publication Bewnans Meryasek won the award for its class ‘Cornish for Adults’. Secretary Ray Chubb, who accepted the award, thanked all those who had helped with the publication of the book and he explained that the […]
Members of Agan Tavas recently performed a play within a play from Bewnans Meryasek, (The Life of Meriasek). This was the part about Pope Sylvester driving away a dragon which was terrorising the population around Rome. The performance took place in The St Ives Arts Club as part of the St Ives Literary Festival. The […]
Agan Tavas members enjoying a train ride behind a mineral tramways engine at Moseley Museum, Redruth as part of an Agan Tavas fun day on Monday 6th May. The quiz in Cornish was won by Matt Blewett.
In early February 2019, Agan Tavas had a problem paying cheques into its own branch of Lloyds Bank plc because the cheques were written in Cornish only. The matter was taken up with the bank’s complaints department. There seems to be no problem with other banks in Cornwall and further afield in England. Those wishing […]
The dinner for members at the Bridge Inn near Redruth was up to the usual high standard. Fun was had attempting to translate Christmas Cracker jokes into Cornish and the evening was rounded off by the singing of carols, in Cornish of course!
Kescows Nebes Moy gans Ian Jackson Publisher: Agan Tavas This is a follow on dictionary from Gerlyver Kescows but with words allocated to categories of use. For example Agriculture, Emotion, Finance/Economics and many, many more. Ian has ensured that the 5000 additional words to be found in this dictionary are not repetition of those found […]
Publisher: Agan Tavas This fabulously interesting transliteration of the original 1504 version of the miracle play, Bewnans Meryasek or the Camborne Play, is of great interest to Cornish language speakers and also to those with no Cornish because it a bilingual edition with a literal English translation. It contains 12 illustrations taken, with permission, from […]
Agan Tavas will be holding an indoor games evening on Friday 28th September at the The Old School Centre Illogan from 7.00pm onwards. A chance to try your hand at playing Scrabble and or Boggle and other games devised by members, through the medium of Cornish. If you are only a beginner in the language, […]
As part of Speak Cornish Week, Agan Tavas arranged a lecture from Cornish historian Matt Blewett which touched on the link between folk tales about giants and the archaeology of West Cornwall. Matt gave the entire lecture, which was lengthy, in Cornish and fielded questions on the subject from fluent speakers in the audience.
Mullion Cornish class and Agan Tavas members got together on 2nd June for a day out in Mullion. After a pub lunch we explored the church and this was followed by a treasure trail of the village. A local bus was used to get to Mullion, a chance for the public to hear Cornish. The returning […]