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St. Keyne's Well, Duloe parish, from the Lima Daily News, [Lima, Ohio, USA newspaper] 16 May 1898
contributed by Rita Bone Kopp
St. Keynes's Well The well of St. Keyne is perhaps the best known of all the many holy wells with which Cornwall is supplied. It is situated beside a road in the parish of Duloe, midway between Liskeard and Looe, in an exceedingly picturesque situation, overhung by the dense foliage of a great elm. St. Keyne was one of the many Irish saints who in early times settled in Cornwall, and the legend runs that she presented this never-failing spring to the inhabitants of Duloe in return for their dedication of the parish church to her. But St. Keyne's well is best known to the world at large from Southey's ballad, which has given fame to the legend that the husband or wife who first drinks of its water after marriage shall have precedence ever after. The rustic of whom Southey tells, however, was not sharp enough
"I hastened as soon as the wedding was o'er
And left my good wife in the porch,

But, i' faith, she had been far wiser than I,
For she took a bottle to church."
The full version of the ballad can be found online by searching for 'southey st keyne'.


Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Duloe is Anne Modistach, who can be contacted by Email.

To contact the current parish council, see the details on this website.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.



Transcriptions can be found at 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, please see our 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.


Indentures and Other Documents:

  1. Two Indentures, dated 19 Aug 1808 and 20 Aug 1808, regarding property in St Neot but mentioning Mary FOOKES, William FOOKES and the Rev. William FOOKES of this parish.
  2. Particulars of an auction of Crook's Ball Farm, tenant Richard POLLARD, on behalf of the estate of Matthew BUNNY, on 8 Jan 1889.

Voters Lists:

  1. 1852/53
  2. 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.

  31 Aug 1643, William BASTARD, administration bond Bef. Feb 1747, John KEAST
  7 Dec 1744, John GREENWAY 4 Nov 1750, William CONGDON
  11 Jun 1745, Katherine ADAMS  

For more information regarding history, population, etc., visit GenUKI and use the Parishes link at the top of the page.


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 Duloe at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


Pelynt, Lanreath, Herodsfoot, St Keyne, Liskeard, Morval, Looe and Talland.


  1. Duloe (Dulo) 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 n356). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. The Cornwall Register by John Wallis, A.M. F.S.S., then Vicar of Bodmin, printed 1847. If the in-built search produces no results, use the index pages (474-476) to find your parish of interest. Tables of statistics and other data can be found at the beginning of the book, starting at page n9.