Extract above from Wotton under Edge, by E.S.Lindley, 1977: "The Grammar School Masters", p.240.
The dates 1788-1828 cover the 40 year period that P.M.Cornwall held the post of Headmaster
His stated age at death, 83, does not agree with his date of birth, given elsewhere as 1747
His "son George", later Rector of Earnley and Almodington, Sussex, was my great-great-grandfather.
On 15th October 1984 Princess Anne visited Lady Berkeley's School to celebrate its Sexcentenary.

Peter Monamy [Durell] Cornwall, 1808

from 1783


A family note states that the eldest named son of the Reverend P.M.Cornwall and his second wife Sarah, Philip Durell Cornwall, was "admitted into the Royal Navy under the patronage of the late Sir John Colpoys, and died in Antigua with Capt Fanshaw and several of the ship's crew, of yellow fever". Age 17. The ship was the Carysfort frigate, 28 guns, for in Marshall's Royal Naval Biography there is mention of a Captain Robert Fanshawe, who "died at Antigua in 1804". He had a father of the same name, who had also captained the Carysfort in 1776.

Family trees for the descendants of the third named son, the Reverend Eusebius Cornwall, and the sixth son, the Reverend George Cornwall are presented at the bottom of this page, and their lines are discussed on separate pages. Before these, here are brief accounts of the fates of the remaining siblings, starting with:

Charles Cornwall, and his wife Anne, despite parenting ten offspring, left only one line resulting in possible living descendants, via their daughter, Mary Anne, who married a Mr P. R. Jones, as shown above. Mary Anne Jones "died at Ballinspittle, Co Cork, 18/10/1887, aged 70", according to a family note. One of Charles and Anne's sons, James, followed in his father's footsteps, became a surgeon, and married, but left no children. Two further children, Susan, and Charles P.D.Cornwall, survived into the 20th century, but also had no progeny. Their features appear to me to retain a stamp of their Monamy ancestry.

died 1904
aged 82

These pictures of Susan and Charles Philip Durell Cornwall were taken in Leamington Spa, where they shared a house and both died unmarried. They and their eight brothers and sisters were baptised in Fairford, Gloucestershire.

Four sisters died of the cholera which swept England in the 1840s. One brother, Frederick, died aged 24 of an unknown cause, and another, Henry, died aged 20 in the Barbadoes, probably while in the Navy, like his uncle Philip.

Charles Philip Durell CORNWALL
died 1905, aged 86

31/03/08. With many thanks to Shelagh Diplock for correcting an error in the above tree, and for supplying the photograph of the Fairford Church gravestone.

Henry Cobb Cornwall, the seventh son of Peter and Sarah, practised as probably an only moderately successful lawyer in London. His second name must commemorate one of his father's circle, a loyal subscriber to his sermons, Captain Charles Cobb. His children were baptised in Holborn. His two sons, John Richardson Cornwall and Henry Monamy Cornwall, both died young, aged 21 and 19, but his daughter Louisa Jessie married a Mr Thomas Ward. The records are rather confusing at this point, but it appears certain that a daughter, Caroline Jessie Ward, was born 14/11/1849 (?), in Fulham, London. In 1869 Caroline Jessie married Leonard John Double, born 1846, of Kennington, London. Emigrating to the USA in 1873 with their three daughters, Caroline Jessie, Susan Elizabeth and Emily Sarah, they died at Lake Forest, Illinois, in 1891 and 1918 respectively.

The Last of England: Ford Madox Brown, 1855

I am greatly obliged to Janna Bennett, of Lake Forest, for help with additional details of the Double family. A reasonably detailed family tree has now (20/11/2002) been worked out, naming many other deceased family members. See here.

Of Charlotte Cornwall, the sole daughter of P.M.Cornwall's second marriage, an unusual family anecdote has been passed down. Reputedly extremely beautiful, she is said to have been the object of the unwelcome attentions of the Prince Regent, the future George IV, when visiting Bath. This incurred the displeasure of her father, the redoubtable Reverend Peter Monamy Cornwall, who is reported to have employed his riding crop on a portion of the royal flesh. If this actually happened, Charlotte could only have been about 16 years old at the time, since George IV came to the throne in 1820. Some external corroboration of the incident would be welcome. If there are any living descendants of Charlotte's son, William Ebenezer Bletchly, and his wife, Emily Anne Playne, perhaps they could add more detail. See here.

Eusebius Cornwall

George Cornwall

ambrotype; circa 1860


Gentleman John Jackson

P.M.Cornwall's aggressive sally is not an impossibility. George IV was exceptionally unpopular. According to James Laver, in English Sporting Prints, 1970, Thomas Cribb, the British Champion, "together with Gentleman Jackson, both dressed in the royal livery were hired by George IV to protect him at his Coronation from the hostile crowd." Tom Sawyer, in Noble Art, 1989, says that Jackson "headed a corps of prize-fighters at the coronation". Sufficient, no doubt, to deter the Reverend Cornwall from further onslaught.

Champion Tom Cribb

February 2006. A correspondent has recently taken me to task for even suggesting that the Rev. Cornwall could have struck the Prince Regent. Such an action, it was maintained, would have resulted in instant death. It was also asserted that the Prince would have had no need of protection by prize-fighters at his coronation, since the entire army was there to protect him. I have since discovered that this correspondent, an American, while writing in good faith, seems to harbour a remarkable impression of the tyrannical character of the British royal family during this period. This conforms to the ridiculously demonized image of George III put about in America following their Declaration of Independence. To the English, of course, the Hanoverians were a toothless dynasty, and only allowed to occupy their constitutional role on sufferance. They must have been fully conscious that should they ever act against the consensus interests of the English people they would have been sent packing as promptly as their Stuart predecessors. However, it may well be that the family anecdote has been embellished as it was passed down. James Laver's source for his account of the liveried boxers remains obscure. It can hardly be doubted, however.

November 2007. Delving into Robert Halsband's highly esteemed biography of Lord Hervey, I couldn't help being struck, if that's the right word, by the following account (p.128) of the amatory pursuits of Frederick, Prince of Wales, 1731: "He cast a wide net in his flirtations --- an apothecary's daughter ... a farmer's wife at a country dance near Hampton Court (when the indignant farmer rewarded him with a beating) ." There is no mention of the instant demise of the farmer. Precedent is basic to English law, and the Reverend Cornwall would only have been exercising his hallowed right.

From letter; Feb 26, 1790

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