[Spellyans] Introduction

Christian Semmens christian.semmens at gmail.com
Tue Jun 24 09:40:20 BST 2008

I think I'm related to the coal and oil merchants on the hill, also to
the Eddys (used to be the landlord of the Wellington c 1900),
Penroses, Tippetts, Samsons etc... My uncle lives in Chapel St., I
shouldn't say any more or might get identified :)
("Oh... you're one of them Semmenses!")

Actually I'm back in St. Just on the 16th July for a week or so, I
might catch you in there as we walk up the cliff path. I'll keep my
eye out for the horse! :)


2008/6/24 Craig Weatherhill <weatherhill at freenet.co.uk>:
> A name like Semmens can only hail from St Just/Botallack - and a lot of
> them are still there.  Just outside St Just is Semmens Coal and Oil
> Yard; a Semmens whose first name escapes me for the moment was, until
> recently, the regular full-back for St Just rugby club, and Adrian
> Semmens is currently Chairman of Penwith Council's Planning committee.
> The Queen's Arms, Botallack (mentioned in both of Hammond Innes's
> novels, "Wreckers must Breathe" and "The Killer Mine") is where my
> drunken Irish horse and I can often be found during the lunchtime
> periods at weekends.
> Craig
> Christian Semmens wrote:
>> My name is Christian Semmens. My family hail from St.Just and
>> Botallack, and had it not been for National Service so would I, but as
>> it transpired I was born in Somerset whilst my father was in the RAF.
>> I currently live in a little village at the edge of east
>> Leicestershire where we moved to in 1969 when my father left the RAF.
>> I am married with an eight year old son, Talek.
>> My interest in the Cornish language started with a copy of Heini
>> Gruffudd's Cornish is Fun when I was about 15. After a couple of years
>> at Plymouth Poly, where, strangely enough I was a student of Ken
>> George (he was one of my Astronomy lecturers), I decided that I was
>> not going to be a chemist and opted for an IT career. After a twenty
>> year career in IT I currently work as an IT manager at DeMontfort
>> University in Leicester where I run the team that is responsible for
>> the University's central computing systems. I decided to revive my
>> early interest in Cornish in the late Eighties and learned about the
>> changes in orthography. Discovering that one of my lecturers was the
>> inventor of Kemmyn I was excited, and bought both his first
>> dictionary, Wella Brown's Grammar and Holyewgh an Lergh course to get
>> me kick started along with the tapes. Within a few days I was
>> horrified at what I had found (especially Graham Sandercock gargling
>> and rolling his r's like a scottsman on the tape), so much so that I
>> gave up the language in disgust for another twenty years, but always
>> thought, "I'll start learning Cornish next week!". Finally I stumbled
>> by accident into the bear pit that is the forums on C24 and after
>> trading insults with a few Kemmyn zealots discovered the moves to
>> develop a compromise form that lead me to discover the wonderful work
>> done with KS.
>> I am no linguist, but certainly enthusiastic. I can also tend to be
>> rather verbose, so please accept my apologies in advance :)
>> Christian
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