Blisland, (Cornish: Blyslann), is situated in the Hundred of Trigg, and in the Deanery of Trigg-Minor; It is surrounded by St Breward (Simonward) on the north, Altarnun, St Neot and Temple on the east, Cardinham and Helland on the south, and St Mabyn on the west. The parish is named after an unknown personal name plus 'tun' which means land. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Glustone, here the B has changed to a G.
The village lies on the edge of Bodmin Moor about 3 miles North East of the town of Bodmin. It is a hilly area with numerous isolated farms and small unfenced moorland roads. It is primarily farmland and cattle and sheep are grazed on the moorland. Waterloo is a hamlet here.
In 1934, the parish of Temple was incorporated into Blisland parish.
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 - 777 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.
Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:
- 1841. The 1841 Census of Blisland (HO107/152), Enumeration Districts 4 and 5, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1851. The 1851 Census of Blisland (HO107/1904), Enumeration Districts 4a and 4b, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1861. The 1861 Census of Blisland (RG9/1535), Enumeration Districts 6 and 7, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1871. The 1871 Census of Blisland (RG10/2248), Enumeration Districts 6 and 7, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1881. The 1881 Census of Blisland (RG11/2290), Enumeration Districts 6 and 7, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1891. The 1891 Census of Blisland (RG12/1815), Enumeration Districts 1 and 2, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- Anglican. The parish Church of Blisland is located in OS Grid Square SX1073 and is the only church in Britain dedicated to Saints Protus (or Protatius, Prothus, St Proto) and Hyacinth. They were Italian brothers martyred in the late third century. It is known locally as St Pratt and St Hyacinth. The fifteenth-century Blisland Parish Church was built after the Norman conquest on the site of an earlier Saxon church.
It is pleasantly situated at the southern extremity of the park-like church village. It is an ancient fabric and comprises a chancel; a nave, with a hansomely carved roof; a south aisle, with transept; and a short north aisle. The transept is wholly occupied by the Morshead family pew to which there was a private entrance. The tower is on the north side of the church, and has no external entrance to it. The tower arch, which is perfectly plain, is blocked. There is a south porch, a priest's door and a separate side entrance leading to the tower. The rood stairs are in the north wall. The chancel window is a three-light early English. The font is sculptured in St Stephen's porcelain stone. Outside, near the tower, there was a font of a much earlier date in Pentewan stone. The tower has six bells.
- Non-Conformist. The Bible Christians and Wesleyans had congegations in Blisland.
- LDS Church Records.
- The LDS Church batch numbers for Blisland are: P007961/2, M007961/2. These are searchable by surname.
- The IGI for this parish covers the period 1539 - 1875.
- The Cornwall Record Office holdings are: Baptisms 1563 - 1859, Burials 1539 - 1901, Marriages 1563 - 1859, Boyd's Marriage Index 1539 -1812, Pallot's Marriage Index 1790 - 1812, BTs 1608 - 1664.
- Baptisms 1682 to 1805 (Bishop's Transcripts), and 1708 to 1812, are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
- Phillimore's Marriages 1539 to 1812, 1682 to 1772 (Bishop's Transcripts), 1539 to 1907, are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
- The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Marriages 1539 to 1837, which is available in Book, CD or downloadable .pdf file formats.
The parish of Blisland is in the Bodmin Registration District and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts are Bodmin, Egloshayle, Lanlivery and St Mabyn, but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district are: Blisland, Bodmin, Bodmin Borough, Cardinham, Egloshayle, Endellion, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanviet, Lanlivery, Lostwithiel, Luxulion, St. Kew, St. Mabyn, St. Minver Highlands, St. Minver Lowlands, St. Tudy, St. Winnow, Temple, Wadebridge, Warleggon, Withiel.
The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Lyndhurst, 66 Nicholas Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2AG. Tel: 01208 73677.
- The Parochial and family history of the parish of Blisland is available on-line, courtesy of the Old Cornwall Society. It was published in 1867.
- There is also a Blisland Parish Council website.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Blisland to another place.
"BLISLAND, a parish in the hundred of Trigg, in the county of Cornwall, 4 miles to the N.E. of Bodmin, its post town. It is situated on the banks of the river Camel, in a district containing abundance of granite and schist, with stream tin. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, of the value of £571, in the patronage of the Rev. F. W. Pye. The church, which is dedicated to St. Pratt, contains several monuments and a brass of the year 1410. The Wesleyan Methodists have a chapel here. A fair for the sale of cattle is held on the Monday after the 22nd September."
- 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.
- Mailing List. British-genealogy.com operate a mailing list for anyone with a genealogical and or historical interest in the Parish of Blisland. To post a message to all the list members, send an email to: opc-con-blisland[at]british-genealogy[dot]com.
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 Blisland ecclesiastical parish:
You can see the administrative areas in which Blisland has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Family Deeds. The Family Deeds Project provides a large amount of FREE online information to help you with your family history using information contained in our collection of old deeds and documents. These documents can contain a wealth of information for family historians and so the Family Deeds project was created with the aim of trying to preserve some of that information and make it easily available to all. The deeds relating to Blisland are on-line.
- Map of the Bodmin Registration District in which the parish lies.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX098732 (Lat/Lon: 50.527492, -4.684875), Blisland which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- Information about the Caradon and Liskeard Mines is available on-line.
Blisland parish was part of the Bodmin Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief. Settlement Papers (1833) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.
The parish of Temple was incorporated into the parish of Blisland in 1934.
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 Blisland are available on-line.
The incumbents of the parish of Blisland are listed on-line.