Bossiney, a village in Tintagel parish, Cornwall, in a bleak tract, 4½ miles NNW of Camelford. It was once a market-town, and it sent two members to parliament from the time of Henry III. till disfranchised by the act of 1832. It consists of small cottages, and stands round a large barrow, on which the writ of election used to be read. Sir Francis Drake, Sir Francis Cottington, and other distinguished men represented it in parliament. A singular cove, small and murky, called Bossiney Hole, is under the cliffs on the adjacent coast.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Camelford|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Bossiney from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Bossiney with Trevena)
Online maps of Bossiney are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cornwall papers online:
- Royal Cornwall Gazette
- West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser
- Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser
We have a copy of The Visitations of Cornwall, by Lieut.-Col. J.L. Vivian online.