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Merther (Cornish: Eglosverther), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder. It is bounded on the north by Probus, on the west by Probus and Lamorran, on the south by St Michael Penkivel, and on the west by St Clement's Creek which separates it from the parish of St Clement and St Erme. The name means 'place claiming relics'. These relics may have belonged to St Coan, patron saint of the local church. It is a sparsely-populated parish bordering the Tresillian River and sandwiched between the parishes of Lamorran and St Clement. Merther starts at Tresillian bridge and follows the river north then goes due south to join the road to Tregony to include Carharthen, Tregerrick, Treveor, Namprathick, Fentongollan, Merther Lane and Tresawsen, Eglos Merther and Treffry.

The chief village in the parish is Merther Lane. In 1934, the parish was united with St Michael Penkivel and Lamorran for civil purposes.

Most parish and church description(s) on these pages are from Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall by J Polsue (Truro, 1867 - 1873)


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 186 entries.


Census information for this parish (1841 - 1901) is held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Cornwall Family History Society offers a census search service for its members. The Cornwall Family History Society have also published on-line census detail by surname on the FamilyHistoryonLine site.

Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:

Church History

Church Records

Civil Registration

The parish of Merther has been in the Truro Registration District continuously from 1st July 1837. There were sub-districts at Kea, Kenwyn, Probus, St. Agnes, St. Clement and St Just-in-Roseland, but these have now been abolished. Parishes in this registration district are: Cornelly, Cuby, Feock, Gerrans, Kea, Kenwyn, Ladock, Lamorran, Merther, Perranzabuloe, Philleigh, Probus, Ruan Lanihorne, St. Agnes, St. Allen, St. Anthony in Roseland, St. Clement, St. Erme, St. Feock, St. Just in Roseland, St. Michael Penkevil, Tregavethan, Tregony St. James, Truro St. Mary, Veryan.

The address of the Registration Office is: Dalvenie House, New County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.
Tel: 01872 322241.

Description & Travel


OPC Assistance. The On-line Parish Clerk (OPC) scheme operates a service to help family historians; the OPC page for this parish is available on-line, from where the OPC can be contacted by email.


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Merther parish was part of the Truro Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


The parish of Merther was transferred to St Michael Penkivel for civil purposes in 1934. Population figures after that date are with that parish.
  • Population in 1801 - 305 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 350 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 370 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 411 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 408 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 374 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 384 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 300 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 246 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 223 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 230 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 215 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 185 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 136 persons


The parish comprises 1804 acres of land.

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