|A Cornishman (Den Kernewek)|
A man born and bred
in the Duchy of Cornwall (that's the bit that sticks out into the Atlantic on the
southwest corner of England. A lover of Cornish Pasties, Cornish Cream, Cornish Mead,
*Cornish Mackerel, and Rugby. In the past Cornishmen had a world-wide
reputation as hard rock miners (due to the fact that Cornish tin and copper mines were
usually situated in areas of granite), fishermen and sailors (a major proportion of the
crews who fought the Spanish Armada were Cornish). Today Cornwall tends to get its income
from tourism, farming, market gardening, and China Clay. Unfortunately the Cornish fishing
industry is now virtually defunct due mainly to the low return, E.C.C. regulations and
over fishing and the tin mining has gone due to it being much more economical to mine tin
elsewhere. There are no mines left working.
The Cornish are Celts and like the other Celts (Scots, Irish, Welsh, Bretons, Galician, Manx) also have their own language - Cornwall is in fact Kernow. The following piece of Cornish can be found all over Cornwall - every church probably has a copy!
Padar Agan Arluth
Agan Tas-ny, us yn nef,
The Lord's Prayer in Cornish
Cornish Flag (Flag of St. Piran)
The fifteen balls are said to represent
fifteen besants, Byzantian gold coins, said to have been the ransom to the Saracens for
the release of the Earl of Cornwall in the ninth century. The motto 'One and All' is said
to commemorate the voluntary efforts of the Cornish people to raise this ransom.
The fisherman and tin miner represent what were the the major industries. The bird is the Cornish Chough.
* Cornish Mackerel - A Mackerel caught off Cornwall
by a Cornish Fisherman.
* Spanish Mackerel - A Cornish Mackerel caught off Cornwall by a Spanish Fisherman.