A lunch time break on the Five Carns Walk
On Saturday 23rd September Agan Tavas is organising a boat trip on the River Fal. While we are sailing there will be a chance to sing sea shanties in Cornish. You need to be at Custom House Quay, Falmouth at 6.00pm for a 2 hour trip. Do come with friends and family members. The cost […]
On Wednesday 3rd August 2022 members of Agan Tavas and others visited Reens Rock near Troon. This is thought to be the place imagined in the play Bewnans Meryasek where Meryasek hid himself from the evil tyrant Teudar. The relevant extract from the play was read out in Cornish and English by some of those […]
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Coming soon. Agan Tavas are pleased to anounce the forthcoming publication of The Gruffalo in Cornish. The Cornish edition will join 105 other translations of this wonderful book. It will be sold at a price for one and all.
The Camborne Cornish Language Fellowship will be starting classes at Centenary Methodist Church for beginners and more advanced on Thursday 10th September time 7.00pm. We aim to teach Cornish in a friendly atmosphere, at the same time teaching about the meaning of Cornish place-names and surnames and the history of the language and its revival. […]
It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of our former Chairman and honorary life member Craig Weatherhill. Craig had been suffering from poor health for a few years but in spite of this he continued with his work and research and his publications. His death will be a great loss […]
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.