Cornish Stannary Parliament

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According to Rod Lyon's "Cornwall's Historical Wars: A Brief Introduction" The Stannary Parliament was chartered in 1201, by King John.[1] In spite of the name the Parliament was not a national assembly. The charter granted special rights to "tinners" - those involved in mining Tin, and exempted them taxes and dues, while they were working in the Tin industry. Tinners were also protected from being called up to provide labour to local lords of the manor - while they were working in the Tin industry. The Stannary Parliament's authority was confined to matters related to the Tin industry.


Members of the Stannary Parliament were called "Stannators".[3]

The last session of the Stannary Parliament convened in Truro between 1852 and 1853.[4]


  1. Rod Lyon (2012). "Cornwall's Historical Wars: A Brief Introduction". The Cornovia Press. pp. 15-19. ISBN 9781908878052. Retrieved 2019-04-21. 
  2. Henry Besley (1853). "The route book of Cornwall [by H. Besley."]. Henry Besley. p. 67. Retrieved 2019-04-21. 
  3. "The Journal of Science, and Annals of Astronomy, Biology, Geology, Industrial Arts, Manufactures, and Technology, Volume 16". 1879. p. 283. Retrieved 2019-04-21. 
  4. Henry Thomas De La Beche (1839). "Report on the Geology of Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset". Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Great Britain: England and Wales. p. 618. Retrieved 2019-04-21. 
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