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The ROOSE family of Polperro

The first recorded member of the Roose family in Polperro was Cornelius Roose (1740-1812) who married Anne Johns at Lansallos in 1769. The family is believed to be descended from Dutch immigrants and several menfolk among subsequent generations became fishermen.

At least seven of the nine children of Cornelius and Ann married into other Polperro families. Of their five surviving sons, almost all became fishermen and one, Robert (1784-1861), joined the coastguard service. One of Robert's four daughters by his first marriage (he married three times), Sarah Lander Roose, married the famous Polperro naturalist and physician, Dr. Jonathan Couch, in 1858 when the good doctor was already aged 69.

Charles Roose (1853-1918) photographed in the 1860s

Four members of the Roose family were among those fishermen photographed by Lewis Harding, a local Polperro photographer who pioneered the art of collodion wet plate photography in Cornwall in the 19th century. His surviving photographs include the portrait of Charles Roose (left). Their portraits can be seen today in the Polperro Heritage Museum.

See also Lewis Harding - Cornwall's Pioneer Photographer - click here.

Further details of the Roose family of Polperro can be obtained from Jeremy Rowett Johns:

E-mail: jeremy.johns@polperro.org

Further information on the family would also be welcomed.

Jeremy Rowett Johns, Polperro Heritage Museum © 2008

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