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Histoy of Catchfrench

Carew, speaking of Catchfrench, says that it is “a house so named by likelihood for some former memorable, though now forgotten accident.”
“This” observes Mr. Whitaker, “is plainly a name that has been thrown into the crucible of vulgar pronunciation, and come out again completely disfigured in its aspect. The mere sound of the letters, at first suggests to an English ear, that the name is derived from some interception of a French party landed upon the coast adjoining, and penetrating thus far, about three or four miles up into the country.”
This antiquary intimates, that the word is purely Cornish, that it is a compound, and signifies the Prince's enclosure.
“Here then,” he adds, “without offering any violence to the language, I have found a house in the parish of St. Germans, that tells us its royal origin, and was honoured probably with the residence of Germanus during his visit to Cornwall.”
Catchfrench or Cadge-Fryns was formerly the property of Talverne, a family that resided at Talverne in Northill.
By an heiress of this family it passed to Kekewick, with whom it remained for many generations.
Afterwards it became the property of the Boscawens, from whom it passed in marriage to the Fortescues.
In 1728 it was purchased of Hugh Fortescue Lord Clinton, by Julius Glanville, Esq. ancestor of the present proprietor.
The benefice of St. Germans is a perpetual curacy, of which the dean and chapter of Windsor are patrons.
The great tithes, which were formerly appropriated to the priory, are held by Francis Glanville, Esq. of Catchfrench, under the church of Windsor.
Mention is made in the registers of the see of Exeter, of a chapel dedicated to St. Wynnel, having been in this parish ; but no vestige of it at present remains. In the year 1657, a school was founded at St. Germans, by Nicholas Hony, Esq. who endowed it with lands now let at £10 per annum.

Linked toFamily: Fortescue/Boscawen (F8894); Family: Fox/Croker (F1657); Family: Kekewich/Talcarne (F1305872); William Boscawen; Hugh Boscawen; Anne FitzGerald; Earl Hugh Fortescue; Francis Glanville; Francis Glanville; John Glanville; John Glanville; George Kekewich; George Kekewich; Johannes Kekewich; William Kekewich; Edward Talcarne; Johannes Talkarne; Johannes Talkarne

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