"MAKER parish, which occupies a great part of the bold promontory and peninsula, which juts out into the English Channel on the west side of Plymouth Sound, and the south side of the harbour of Hamoaze, opposite Stonehouse and Devonport, is partly in Cornwall, and contains 2725 inhabitants and 2260 acres of land, of which 1156 souls and about 1320 acres are in VAULTERSHOME tithing, which is in Devonshire, and includes the beautiful seat of Mount Edgcumbe, the parish church, the village of Kingsand, and part of Millbrook. The whole parish was in the Archdeaconry of Cornwall and Deanery of East, and the Union of St Germans...
The Parish church of Maker is dedicated to St. Macra, and the living is a discharged vicarage, valued at £2333, in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and the incumbency of the Rev. Edward Trelawney, M.A." [From: White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Devonshire, 1850]

The name of the parish, (Cornish: Magor), is said to have been derived from either St Macarius, a native of Egypt, who flourished in the 14th century, or from St Macra, the virgin daughter of a Scottish King, who was martyred at Rheims in AF 304. It is bounded on the north by St John's Lake, on the east by Plymouth Sound and on the south by the parish of Rame and the sea. Peskett: "The tithing of Vaulterhome was in the county of Devon until it was transferred to Cornwall in 1844. Millbrook and West Stonehouse (distinguish East Stonehouse) are in this parish." Millbrook was created from part of Maker in 1867.

The parish, which in 1943 was united with that of Rame, is in the extreme south-east of Cornwall separated from Plymouth by the stretch of water known as 'Plymouth Sound'. The two villages in Maker and Rame are Kingsand and Cawsand.

A few fisherman were settled here in 1483 when Henry Tudor, later Henry VII, landed here briefly as part of an abortive attempt to overthrow Richard III. The real influx of people began when Plymouth merchants built pilchard cellars along the beach (still here) in Elizabeth I's reign and in the next two centuries smuggling flourished, the goods obtained both from cross-Channel trips and incoming merchantmen. The villages were the headquarters of West Country free trade, finally suppressed by 1850. Kingsand was still in Devon until 1844 and the boundary stone between the two counties is still opposite the Halfway Hotel, separating Turk Town (Cawsand) and the North Rockers (Kingsand). Intense rivalry between the two villages continued well into the 20th century.

Maker was united with Rame parish in 1943 to form Maker-with-Rame parish, which for civil purposes, is now part of the Cornwall County Council.

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)



Rev. Geoffrey Blanchard White - Maker with Rame (notes towards a Parish History). (Typescripts in Plymouth Local Studies Library 972R 374 - probably copies also in Truro). (Full of really good information with trancripts of property deeds etc. which would be useful to family historians).



The Cornwall Family History Society have not yet published Monumental Inscriptions for this Parish.



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:


Church History

  • Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SX4452; it is dedicated to St Mary and St Julian. It comprises a chancel, nave, north and south aisles, north and south transepts and three western galleries. The arcades consist of five four-centred arches each supported on monlith granite pillars. On the front of the galleries, one of which was appropriated to the Mount Edgecumbe family, are painted shields bearing the Edgcumbe arms with those of Furnesse, Walpole amd Rolle. There is a south porch; the north door and priest's door are blocked. The Tower, which has three stages, is 65 feet in height. It is buttressed, the buttresses terminating in pinnacles, and is finished with battlements and crocketted pinnacles. The present church is a typical 15th Century Cornish Church; in 1874 the Edgcumbe chapel was added.
    The following books about the church are available:
    • Two towers: a short history of the churches and parish of Maker with Rame. [Maker?] : [Maker Church?] [1990] [Westcountry Studies Library - pC/MAK/0001/TWO].
    • The parish of Maker with Rame and its parish churches (Rev ed.) Guildford: Home Words Ltd (1966)
    There was a chapel-of-ease to Maker at Egloshele in the village of Kingsand. It was built in 1882 and has two stained windows and sitting for 300 people.
  • Non-Conformist. The Wesleyans had a chapel and Sunday School in Kingsand.

Church Records

  • Indices and transcripts of the Baptism, Marriage and Burial registers of the Parish of Rame, 1653 - 1812 compiled by Rev. Geoffrey Blanchard White , MA. in Harris, G & F.L. (eds) Essays and Notes on the Rame Peninsula 1963. [This is a typescript of which bound copies were deposited in various local libraries including Plymouth, Truro etc but most have vanished. One survives in Torpoint Library. It includes essays on the Vallack family and other wider material. It is a Carbon copy and needs copying onto disc etc].
  • Indices and Transcripts of the Baptisms and Deaths for the parishes of Maker and Rame, 1813 -1843. Typed copies held in Mount Edgcumbe House History Files. [Anon. but almost certainly by the Rev. White]. NB: there are no marriage records included here.
  • LDS Church Records.
  • Parish Registers. The parish registers, going back to 1630, are held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Devon Record Office has copies of the Bishops' Transcripts - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.
  • The Cornwall Record Office holdings are: Baptisms 1630 - 1843, Burials 1630 - 1849, Marriages 1630 - 1837, Boyd's Marriage Index 1637 - 1673, BTs 1607 - 1673.
  • The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line transcripts of:
    • 1813-37 Marriages
    • 1813-37 Burials.
  • Baptisms.
    • Baptisms 1867 to 1889 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
    • The Parish Chest have published on CD, baptisms 1744 to 1841 for this parish.
    • The Plymouth Record Office holdings of records in this parish: Kingsand Wesleyan Methodist Baptisms 1842-1967.
  • Marriages.
    • The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Marriages 1607 to 1837, which is available in CD or downloadable .pdf file formats.
  • Burials.

Civil Registration

The parish of Maker is in the St Germans Registration District and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Antony, St Germans and Saltash but they have now been abolished. Parishes within the district were: Antony, Botusfleming, Landrake, Landulph, Maker, Millbrook, Pillaton, Quethiock, Rame, St. Erney, St. Germans, St. John's, St. Mellion, St. Stephen's, Saltash, Sheviock, Torpoint.

The Superintendant Registrar of St Germans can be contacted at: Ploughastel Drive, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6DL. Tel: 01752 842624.


Description & Travel

  • Campbell-Culver, Margaret. Mount Edgcumbe. Maker: Mount Edgcumbe House (1993) 35p: col ill, maps [ISBN 0952188007] [Westcountry Studies Library - px728.8/MAK/MOU].
  • Crossing, William. Mount Edgcumbe Park: historical - descriptive - pictorial. Plymouth: Hoyten & Cole [1900?] 17p. [Westcountry Studies Library - 712.5/PLY/CRO].
  • Manpower Services Commission. Survey of Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall. Truro: Cornwall County Council (1984) v, 63p: maps [Plymouth Library - 72].
  • A walk round Mount Edgecumbe (2nd ed). Plymouth Dock: L.Congdon (1805) 36p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/PLY 1/1805/PLY].
  • History and guide to Mount Edgecumbe House & Country Park. Cornwall County Council (19--) 15p: ill [Plymouth Library - 728.8MOU].
You can see pictures of Maker which are provided by:





The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"MAKER, a parish partly in the East hundred, county Cornwall, and partly in the hundred of Roborough, county Devon, 2 miles S.W. of Devonport, its post town. It is situated near Cremil-ferry, and contains the populous villages of Milbrook and Inceworth. It was formerly a borough and market town under the Trefusis family. On Maker's height are the military barracks, and a formidable battery for the defence of Plymouth Sound, which bounds the parish on the S.E. At Wood Park is a rope-factory, and boatbuilding is carried on at Middle Anderton. The land is of a hilly nature, with a loamy soil, but the lower grounds are clayey, with a stony subsoil. Mount Edgecumbe House, the seat of the Edgecumbe family, and from which its representative derives the title of earl, was originally built in the reign of Mary, and was garrisoned for Charles I. It occupies an elevated site commanding an extensive prospect. At the courts-leet which are held by the lords of the manors a portreeve, constable, and other officers are appointed. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Exeter, value £223, in the patronage of the crown. The church, dedicated to St. Macra, is an ancient stone structure with a tower and steeple containing six bells. It stands on a hill between Mount Edgecumbe and Ramhead, within the county of Devon, and serves as a landmark to mariners. There is a district church at Milbrook, the living of which is a perpetual curacy,* value £150. The parochial charities produce about £53 10s. per annum, besides the interest of £96 in the savings-bank. There is a National school for both sexes, supported by voluntary contributions, also three Sunday-schools. The Wesleyans and Baptists have each a chapel at Milbrook. The parish contains two manors, of which Lord Clinton is lord of the manor in county Cornwall, and Earl Mount Edgecumbe of the manor in county Devon.



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.
  • The OPC has produced a genealogical website for the parish.

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 Maker ecclesiastical parish:



The first Lord Mount Edgcumbe built Mount Edgcumbe House at Cremyll in 1552, but unfortunately it was bombed in the Second World War. The house was restored in 1960, but it is the magnificent gardens overlooking Plymouth Sound which are the main attraction for visitors. The Edgcumbe family have been major employers and benefactors of the parish since that early time, to the present day. The house and gardens are now jointly owned by Plymouth City and Cornwall County Councils.

In March 1587 a Spanish pinnace landed a raiding Party at Cawsand which tried to burn down the village, but one man with a musket put them to flight. In the Civil War Maker Church tower was fortified by the Royalist garrison of Mount Edgcumbe and was captured by the Plymouth Parliamentary forces in May 1644. For the next two centuries the Bay was a major anchorage for the British Navy - Nelson for instance in 1801. In the 18th century Maker Church tower was an Admiralty signal station with its own crew, passing messages by semaphore to Devonport Dockyard. Massive Fortifications of many centuries still dot the peninsula.

Useful books include:

Campbell-Culver, Margaret. Mount Edgcumbe. Maker: Mount Edgcumbe House (1993) 35p : col ill ,maps [ISBN 0952188007] [Westcountry Studies Library - px728.8/MAK/MOU]
Carne, Tony. Cornwall's Forgotten Corner- including Cawsand, Kingsand, Milbrook, St John & Sheviock, Rame, Tony Carne (1985) 132 p. [ISBN: 0 946143 13 7] [Kingsand and Millbrook make up the parish of Maker (formerly Devon). Mount Edgecumbe, Cremyl, etc., figure quite highly.]
Crossing, William. Mount Edgcumbe Park: historical - descriptive - pictorial. Plymouth: Hoyten & Cole [1900?] 17p. [Westcountry Studies Library - 712.5/PLY/CRO]
Manpower Services Commission. Survey of Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall. Truro: Cornwall County Council (1984) v,63p : maps [Plymouth Library - 72]
Warwick, Jill and Warwick, Glyn, (Ed.). As it Was, Jill Warwick, Maker with Rame Women's Inst. (Printed by Liskeard Printing Company) (2000) 204 p.
A walk round Mount Edgecumbe (2nd ed.) Plymouth Dock: L.Congdon (1805) 36p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/PLY 1/1805/PLY]
History and guide to Mount Edgecumbe House & Country Park. Cornwall County Council (19--) 15p : ill [Plymouth Library - 728.8MOU.
The parish of Maker with Rame and its parish churches (rev ed.) Guildford: Home Words Ltd (1966)
Two towers: a short history of the churches and parish of Maker with Rame. [Maker?]: [Maker Church?] [1990]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX441519 (Lat/Lon: 50.346506, -4.192497), Maker which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Maker parish was part of the St Germans Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.



Population figures are of Maker-with-Rame; some figures relate only to Maker. Millbrook parish was created from Maker in 1867.

  • Population in 1801 - 2595 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 4656 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 2603 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 2441 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 2369 plus 1561 persons in Maker
  • Population in 1851 - 2357 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 3778 plus 2986 persons in Maker
  • Population in 1871 - 4067 plus 2938 persons in Maker, and 224 persons in Maker Barracks
  • Population in 1881 - 2082 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 2193, plus 3304 persons in Maker
  • Population in 1901 - 3052 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1919 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 3309 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1378 persons (Maker)
  • Population in 1951 - 1408 persons (Maker)
  • Population in 1961 - 1441 persons (Maker)
  • Population in 1971 - 1145 persons (Maker)
  • Population in 1981 - 1120 persons (Maker)
  • Population in 1991 - 1043 persons (Maker)
  • Population in 2001 - 1071 persons (Maker-with-Rame)
  • Population in 2011 - 1020 persons (Maker-with-Rame)


The Rame History Group aims to research, record and promote interest in the heritage of the Rame Peninsula. The group meets every month in the Congregational Hall.



The parish comprises 1297 acres of land, 6 acres of tidal water and 148 acres of foreshore.