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Boconnoc Church
The Parish Church
© David Coppin
Boconnoc Couches Mill
Couches Mill, Boconnoc
© Kay Halley

The parish of Boconnoc, which encompasses the largest private park in Cornwall, lies about five miles east of Lostwithiel, south of the road from there to Liskeard. Boconnoc, a compound Cornish name which might mean "Dwelling place of Conoc", was listed in the Domesday Book.
Boconnoc House has a long history and was occupied by various families, notably that of Thomas Pitt (great-grandfather of William Pitt the Younger, prime minister of Great Britain in the early 19th Century), who bought the estate, along with much other property and land in Cornwall and elsewhere, with the proceeds of the sale to Prince Philippe II of France in 1717, of an extraordinary diamond, known as the Regent or Pitt diamond, which he had acquired while Governor of Fort St. George, Madras. For a while, this gem adorned the hilt of Napoleon's sword, but it later found its way to the Louvre Museum where it has been on display since 1887, one of the Crown Jewels of France.
On the death of the last male heir, Thomas, 2nd Lord Camelford, in 1804, the estate passed to his sister Lady Anne Grenville and thence to her nephew George Fortescue, great great grandfather of the present owner.
During the Second World War the estate was used for a vast American ammunition dump; later the house fell into decay resulting in the demolition of the southwest wing in 1972. A programme of restoration was begun in 2001 by the present owners and the house and grounds are currently opened to the public for special events.

The differences between the civil (local government) and ecclesiastical (church) parish boundaries can be found by looking at the links in the Maps section below. The boundaries of the former have changed quite often. Most records on this website are based on the boundaries of the latter.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Boconnoc is Kay Halley, who can be contacted at .

For information about (and contact details for) the current parish council, please see this website.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.



Information can be found at COCP (the Cornwall Online Census Project) which is complete for 1841 to 1891 and has been verified, FreeCens at Rootsweb, which has a very good search engine and information from COCP, as well as GenUKI, which has more reference information and alternative resources.


The Boconnoc Baptism Burial & Marriage Registers have been transcribed between 1709 – 1850 and later Baptism & Burial Registers are available for look-ups from the OPC (email above). The monumental inscriptions are available in our searchable database (C-PROP), which is updated frequently. The parish coverage page is here.


Trade Directories for Cornwall can be searched online here. For other information, see GenUKI (link below).



Transcriptions are available here.

Voters Lists:

for 1851/52, 1852/53 and 1856/57.


A list of available Wills and Probate Documents. Copies of those marked as CRO can be ordered from here using the appropriate reference.  For those marked as NA enter the reference in the search box on this page and follow the onscreen instructions.

30 Dec 1586, Richard HARVYE 3 Mar 1728, Reignold COUCH
  13 May 1617, Alice PAINTER 17 Dec 1761, Mary LEACH, proved 1779
  16 Apr 1620, John GAYCH, proved 1629 12 Oct 1770, Revd Philip LEACH
  14 Oct 1634, Eustis PAYNTER, widow 5 Apr 1786, John KNIGHT
  30 Jan 1638, Sir Raynold MOHUN 24 May 1799, Thomas, Lord CAMELFORD, proved 1804
  23 Apr 1647, John LONGMAYD/LONGMAID 14 Dec 1808, Jane GILBERTT, widow
  27 Jun 1653, John GEACH 7 Dec 1829, Elizabeth HARRIS, widow
  27 Nov 1654 (proved), Tristrum PERYMAN 23 Dec 1837, Thomas BRYANT
  18 Mar 1676, Hon Ann MOHUN, proved 1710 30 May 1839, Thomas HAWKEN
  3 Feb 1685, Charles CALFE, nuncupative 7 Jun 1847, Philip ELIOTT, proved 1853

As always, additional information can be found in the Cornwall section of GenUKI.


For a zoomable and printable map of Cornwall please visit Cornwall Council’s mapping website. To find the local government (civil) Parish boundaries, click on the Layers Tab.

The ecclesiastical (church) parish boundaries can be found by searching here on the Church of England website.

For maps and satellite images use Google Maps.

To enjoy a "walk" around this parish, search for Boconnoc at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


St Winnow, Bradock, Lanreath and St Veep.


Boconnoc is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume I by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838 (page n102). Also downloadable as a pdf.