Minver, or S. Mynfer, vicarage,
is situate in the hundred of Trigg, and bath upon the north and west, the
Irish sea, cliff, and Padstow harbour; south, Eglesheyle; east, S. Endellyan.
In the Domesday Book this parish was taxed by the name of Ros-minver,
In the Inquisiton of the Bishops
of Lincoln and Winchester, into the value of Cornish benefices, 1294,
Ecclesia de Mynfred, or Mynfer, in decanatu de Minor Trigshire, was rated
£7, vicar ejusdem 20s.
In Wolsey’s Inquisition, 1521,
£13 l0s. ld.
The patronage, formerly in the
Prior of Bodmin, who endowed it, now Prideaux, of Netherton; the incumbent
Lewellin; and the parish rated to the 4s. per pound Land Tax, 1696, temp.
William III. £385 13s
At Trevill-va, alias Trevelva, there is yet extant an ancient free chapel
for divine service, kept in good repair by the lord of this place, furnished
with an old English Bible, heretofore made use of in this chapel.
This barton is the dwelling of William Silly., Esq, commissioner for the
peace temp. James II., and one of his corporation regulators. He married
Kekewich of Trehawke; and had issue Hender Silly, his son and heir, that
died without issue; after her death he married Honour, one of the coheirs of
Carter, and bath issue by her also; his father married Cotton, sister to Sir
John Cotton, of Botreaux Castle. His grandfather, John Silly, gent.,
attorney-at-law, of S. Wenn, married Marks, of that place, where he got a
great estate by the inferior practice of the law, and altered his name and
arms from Ceely to Silly, for what reason I know not; in testimony whereof
he and his posterity ever since gave the arms of Ceely, viz., in afield
Azure, a chevron between three mullets Or.
King James the Second’s regulators of corporation in Cornwall, were Humphry
Borlase, Esq., of Treludrow, Sheriff, William Silly, Esq-, aforesaid, William
Cood, of Pensiple, Esq., Mr. Edward Vincent, of Truro, and Edward Noseworthy,