THE CORNISHES OF COWBRIDGE,
information sent by Mr Clive Reid, Sketty, Swansea
WILLIAM CORNISH of Cowbridge, Glamorgan, Apothecary.
Place of birth not known, born circa 1680. Married Anne Deere of Llanquian (see below) some time after 1708. Mortgaged property, Lease & Release on 8th November 1723 - William Cornish of Cowbridge, apothecary, and wife Anne to William Jones of Cardiff, Esq. (Glam. R.O. D/D X 75/60). When this mortgage was assigned on 29 November 1726, William and Anne Cornish are both described as deceased. Exact date of death not known.
ANNE CORNISH (nee DEERE)
The only child of Piers Deere of Llanquian, Alderman of Cowbridge, (d.1700) and Mary Awbrey his wife. Baptised 22 July 1693 at Llanbelthian parish church. She was the subject of a breach of promise case brought by Edward Powell of St Nicholas, heard before the Llandaff Consistory Court in 1708. She then married William Cornish (above) and had three children: Piers, Mary & Anne. She died between 1723 and 1726. She was her father's sole heiress and in addition to property in Cowbridge had the Llanquian estate nearby.
PIERS CORNISH of Cowbridge, Gent.
The only son of William & Anne Cornish, born circa 1710. He became heir to Llanquian and was also the main beneficiary of the will of Cecil Portrey his mother's first cousin, who died in 1723. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Glamorgan 14 March 1743/4. He did not marry and no children are known. He made his will 17 May 1756 and it was proved 13 Jan 1757. His estate was left in trust to: Richard Turbeville of Ewenny, Esq; John Carne of Nash, Esq; John Nicholl of Llanmaes, Esq; and John Thomas of Cowbridge, Attorney (who wrote the will). The trustees were to pay his considerable debts and provide £40 a year for the care of his sister, Anne Cornish. After her death the remainder of the estate was to go to cousin, John Willson of Bath, saddler.
Daughter of William & Anne Cornish, said to have died very young.
Daughter of William & Anne Cornish, born circa 1714. Described as a "lunatic", she died in 1774.
Piers Cornish seems to have gone through rather a lot of money but there is very little record of his life. A chancery suit, Walton v. Cornish, lasted from 1758 to 1763. The interest of John Willson of Bath depended on the estate satisfying Piers Cornish's creditors and the needs of his mentally ill sister. To complicate matters John Willson became bankrupt in 1767. The case of Walton v. Cornish then included: re Cornish, a lunatic and re Willson, a bankrupt. The proceedings which lasted years, resulted in a mass of paperwork and no doubt a considerable income to the lawyers involved. We hope poor Anne Cornish was properly cared for amongst all this litigation.
Clive Reid is a direct descendant of Piers Deere's youngest brother, the Revd Richard Deere, Rector of St Georges-super-Ely.