[Spellyans] Fw: Cornish in a Thriller! & Place Name Query For Craig

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Thu Sep 6 19:04:25 IST 2012


Well, there are places with Gweal in their name:  Gwealcarn,  
Towednack;  Chy an Gweal, St Ives, to name just two, but there's no  
place called Gweal (as a simplex element), apart from Gweal, Scilly,  
which is a contraction of *gwydh-yel, "tree-grown" (it's far from  
being that now, but probably was in antiquity).

I must admit, I've never heard of the book or its author.

Craig



On 6 Gwn 2012, at 18:46, ewan wilson wrote:

> Think this went the wrong way and should have come here!
> Ewan.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: ewan wilson
> To: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net
> Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 6:43 PM
> Subject: Cornish in a Thriller! & Place Name Query For Craig
>
> One does come across Cornish in the most peculiar places!
> I have been reading Wheel Fortune, a 'suspense thriller' written by  
> a Karen Campbell and published by Wm. Collins&Sons back in 1973. The  
> title's a play on the word 'Wheal', as it refers to a presumably  
> fictitious Cornish tin mine somewhere on the Penwith Peninsula.
> Anyway, Miss Campbell obviously knew her UC as she has one old  
> Cornish woman welcome back her young friend with the greeting:
> ' Da yu genef agas gweles.'
> This young woman, having been raised in Cornwall, recalls at a later  
> stage in the story some Cornish she knew:
> 'Byth dorn rever dhe'n tavas re hyr.'
>
> At a crucial point in the action she is lured to the Minack Theatre  
> and she writes:
> ' The direct route from Sr Edzell's to Minack is via St Buryan and  
> Gweal- but I took the roundabout devious way on the unmade roads  
> over the moor.'
> Now, I think St Edzell's is supposed to be either St Ives or  
> Penzance but I cannot work out if there actually is a 'Gweal' around  
> the Penwith Peninsula. If not, i'm baffled why she should mention an  
> actual spot like St Buryan yet ficionalise a 'Gweal'! Craig- any  
> ideas?
> I know next to nothing about this author, save that she penned a few  
> 'suspense' novels in the early 70s and dedicated one to a 'Catherine  
> Campbell McNeill of Kilchoman', presumably a relative and obviously  
> Scottish as the name had hinted.
> I am left fascinated about how she came to know at least a working  
> smattering of UC!!!
> Sorry this is a bit off topic but I thought Craig'd be worth while  
> consulting and you'd all like to know the unlikely reach of Cornish!
>
> Ewan.
>
>
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