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Veryan, (Cornish: Elerghi), (sometime called St Veryan is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder. It is bounded on the north by Cornelly, and Cuby-with-Tregony, on the east by Cuby and St Michael Caerhays, on the south by the sea, and on the west by Philleigh and Ruan Lanihorne. Veryan was originally mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as the manor of Elerkey, which name was derived from Elerk, the Cornish for 'swan'. This manor also included that of Ruan-Lanihorne. The present name is a corruption of St Symphorian, the patron saint of the parish church, which in 1679 had become St Verian. The parish of Veryan stretches from the south coast of Cornwall nearly to Tregony; it contains Veryan Churchtown, Veryan Green, Portloe, Carne, Treviskey, and Treartha, and many other small hamlets and farms. The village is well known for the five round houses built in the early 19th century by the Reverend Jeremiah Trist; these were built for his daughters without any corners for the devil to 'lurk in'.

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)



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 Veryan 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


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 Veryan ecclesiastical parish:


Military Records

Names, Personal

All people who spent time in Veryan, 1683-1900 are listed. This information is taken from the Church index of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials and from the Census returns. Note that the dates of birth are actually the dates of baptism if there is a full date (day, month,year); otherwise the date of birth is approximate.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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


  • Population in 1801 - 1007 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 1092 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1421 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1525 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1569 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1488 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1399 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1358 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1279 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1259 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1033 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 970 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 943 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 886 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 993 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 895 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 876 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 790 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 890 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 982 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 900 persons

Religion & Religious Life

In the May of 1641 it was agreed and ordered that every Member of the House of Commons and House of Lords should make a protestation (declaration of loyalty) to the crown. The Protestation was printed and then distributed by the Members to their counties. The Protestation was to be made by everyone and the Rectors, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, had to appear before the Justices of the Peace in their Hundred to make their protestation and, on returning to their parishes, any two of them were to witness the taking of the Protestation Oath by all males over the age of 18 years. All names were listed and anyone who refused was to be noted.

The Protestation Returns of 1642 for Veryan are available on-line.


The parish comprises 5592 acres of land and 35 acres of water.

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