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Boyton Parish Church
The Parish Church
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Boyton or Boieton may be from the Cornish or French words for wood or forest, which agrees well with the situation of the parish. It lies a few miles north of Launceston and just to the west of the Devon border that runs along the River Tamar. There are a number of villages with this name in England.
Like many Cornish parishes it existed before the Domesday Book recorded it. The owners of the land, the Abbots of Tavistock, lost it to the Earl of Mortain, William the Conqueror's brother and the chief Norman in Cornwall after the Conquest. The church is still in use today and is dedicated to The Holy Name.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Boyton is Angela Wood 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.



Please visit COCP (Cornwall Online Census Project), which is complete for 1841 to 1891 and validated, FreeCens at Rootsweb - both are free, searchable databases - or check GenUKI for other alternatives.


For Parish Register information and other resources, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently, the parish coverage page is here.


For information, see GenUKI. Link below  or visit the University of Leicester's Directories website, which has many directories online to view for free.


Voters Lists:

  1. 1851/52
  2. 1852/53
  3. 1856/57
  4. 1864/65


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 Oct 1632, John BATE (proved 1655) 3 Feb 1656, John PEDLER, the elder
  8 Apr 1640, Margaret LANGDON 25 Mar 1751, William OSBORN
  18 Feb 1653, John OLIVER  

For more information regarding history, population, etc., visit GenUKI.


For a zoomable and printable map of Cornwall please visit Cornwall Council’s mapping website. To see the Parish boundaries, click on the Layers Tab for Government Boundaries.

For maps and satellite images use Google Maps.

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


North Petherwin, Week St Mary, North Tamerton, Tecott (Devon), Luffincott (Devon) and Werrington.


  1. Boyton 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 n146). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. Phillimore's Marriages Vol XVII and Phillimore's Marriages Vol XIX transcripts including Boyton (transcribed and in our database).