On this Day 28th April 1767

Death of Christopher Hawkins of Trewinnard

Christopher Hawkins of Trewinnard, St Erth, died on 28 April 1767. He'd been born in Cornwall in about 1694, a descendant of a Hawkins of Mevagissey. For a time he was lawyer in London and continued in that profession on moving back to Cornwall. Cornwall was a lawyers paradise at the time and, amongst other business, Hawkins dealt with the Godolphin estates and the Bassets during a minority.

Christopher Hawkins gained a great deal of wealth from all this and also from his marriage to Mary Hawkins, a relative, and was able to build up an extensive family fortune of which his grandson, Sir Christopher Hawkins, took full advantage (Sir Christopher's father, Thomas, died quite young).

Davies Gilbert maintained that Christopher Hawkins moved back to Cornwall on account of his family's health, having lost children in London. Once back in Cornwall he became clerk of assizes to the Western Circuit.

Trwinnard, home of Christopher and Mary Hawkins

He came into possession of the mansion of Trewinnard, St. Erth and his son Thomas inherited Trewithen, in Probus, which became the main seat of the family. He also acquired a coach, now in Truro Museum, from the Spanish Ambassador which he used for going to church in St.Erth.

He died, wrote Edward Giddy, “of a fit.” His wife, Mary, died in 1787 and her body went to join her husband in the family vault outside St.Erth Church.

For more Christopher Hawkins of Trewinnard see Cedric Appleby's article in the Penwith Local History Group's Homes and Households in West Cornwall 1550 – 1950.




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