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Ruan Minor

The parish of Ruan Minor, (Cornish: Ruan Vyghan), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Kerrier. It is bounded on the north by Ruan Major and the largest of the detached portions of Grade, on the east by the sea, on the south by Grade and Landewednack, and on the west by Mullion. Ruan Minor was a small parish on the south-west coast of Cornwall. (see also Ruan Major). It has a tiny church dedicated to St Rumon. The main population is centred on the coastal village of Cadgwith; other villages are Treal and Ruan Vean.

In 1934, the parish united with the parishes of Ruan Major and Grade, to form the single civil parish of Ruan-Grade.

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 - 520 entries.


Census information for parishes in this town (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 Grade-Ruan was originally in the Helston Registration District as Grade, Ruan Major and Ruan Minor; there were sub-districts at Breage, Crowan, Helston, St Keverne and Wendron. It is now in the Kerrier Registration District. Parishes in this registration district are: Breage, Crowan, Cury, Germoe, Gunwalloe, Grade, Helston, Landewednack, Manaccan, Mawgan in Meneage, Mullion, Ruan Major, Ruan Minor, St. Anthony in Meneage, St. Keverne, St. Martin in Meneage, Sithney, Wendron.

The address of the Registration Office is: The Willows, Church Street, Helston, TR13 8NJ.
Tel: 01326 562848.

Description & Travel


Historical Geography

The Domesday Settlements of Cornwall, a study undertaken by the Cornwall Branch of the Historical Association, has identified and located settlements listed in the Exeter and Exchequer Domesday Survey of AD 1086. The following places have been identified in Ruan Minor ecclesiastical parish:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


Grade - Ruan parish was formed 1934 from an amalgamation of Ruan Major, Ruan Minor and Grade. Between 1891 and 1931, population figures were recorded under Ruan Major. After 1931, population figures are given under Grade.

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)
  • Population in 1801 - 317 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 274 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 293 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 269 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 302 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 288 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 260 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 286 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 272 persons

Probate Records

Wills & Admons for Ruan Minor 1660-1772 are available on-line.


The parish comprised 704 acres of land.

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