"KELLY, a pleasant scattered parish, 5 miles E.S.E. of Launceston, has 258 inhabitants, and 1722 acres of land, nearly all the property of Arthur Kelly, Esq., whose family has held the manor and advowson from the time of Henry II., and has been seated since that early period at Kelly House, which was greatly enlarged and partly rebuilt about a century ago. It stands on a commanding eminence, in a richly wooded park, from which a road descends to a sylvan valley, where a rivulet supplies a small lake, and gushes over several rocky heights, in beautiful cascades. The Church (St. Mary,) is a handsome structure, in the perpendicular style, with a tower and six bells. It was new roofed and repaired about six years ago, at the expense of the patron. Two of its windows are enriched with stained glass, and under a chapel at the east end is the vault of the ancient family of Kelly. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £9. 8s. 9d., and in 1831 at £285, is in the patronage of A. Kelly, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. H.J. Morshead, who has a good residence, and 73A. 1R. 16P. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1838, for £265 per annum. The School was built by Mr. Kelly, in 1842. The parish includes Meadwell  hamlet. . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Lifton Hundred, in the Archdeaconry of Totnes and Diocese of Exeter.



Transcripts of the WW I diary of Margaret Kelly of Kelly House are being posted in a series of pasts starting with the entry for 2 August 1914.



Brown, Mike. Guide Notes to Monuments in Devon Churches & Graveyards: Kelly, Lamerton. The Dartmoor Press. 16pp. [Kelly, Tremayne]



Nick Mayne has prepared an index to the 1891 census, and is prepared to check for particular names in it on request.


Church History

Kelly, in the Deanery of Tavistock and Hundred of Lifton. Notes and Gleanings - Devon and Cornwall 4 (1891) pp.165-167.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

Brown, Mike. Pre-1754 Marriage Index for Bradstone, Coryton and Kelly.. Dartmoor Press, P.O. Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL (1999)

Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Bradstone, Brentor, Dunterton, Kelly. RT52, Dartmoor Press (2000).

Hingeston-Randolph, F.C. The Rectors of Kelly. Exeter: William Pollard & Co. (1891) 3p. [Westcountry Studies Library - 283.0922/KEL/HIN]

The Deanery of Tavistock, CD008, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Bradstone - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Brentor - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1834, Burials 1801-1845; Bridestowe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Broadwoodwidger - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1813-1837; Coryton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1806-1860; Dunterton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1752-1837; Kelly - Baptisms 1813-1842, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Lamerton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1844, Burials 1812-1838; Lewtrenchard - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1840; Lifton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1650-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Lydford - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1780-1841; Maryystow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1792-1837; Milton Abbot - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Princetown - Baptisms 1813-1839, Burials 1815-1853; Sourton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1723-1837, Burials 1814-1838; Stowford - Baptisms 1811-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Sydenham Damerel - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1750-1837; Tavistock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Thrushelton - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Virginstow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1813-1839.]


Description & Travel

Section on Kelly from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie

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Transcription by Neil Stanton of the entry for Kelly in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.



The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.



The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Neil Stanton, who invites queries and lookup requests.

Granville, Roger. Notes on the Kellys of Kelly. Manuscript [1900?] [Westcountry Studies Library - ms929.2/KEL]



Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Kelly, Devon. Typescript (1963) 6 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]



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