These notes will attempt to correct perceptions about Cornwall and the Cornish people and will be phrased from a Cornish point of view. It is hoped that anyone finding websites which contain politically incorrect references to Cornwall or the Cornish people may attempt to encourage the site owners to correct the references and also to add a link pointing to this and other similar sites.
Cornwall is a country situated at the extreme south west of the island of Great Britain and its historic Border with England is the Tamar River. This river virtually severs Cornwall from the British mainland but for a four mile stretch of land in the far north between the source of Marsland Water and the source of the Tamar
Cornwall is administered as an 'English county' and officially promoted by the State as being 'in England' and, as a consequence, her people are incorrectly presumed to be 'English' by those who communicate information. This is at odds with the Cornish political consciousness and totally misrepresents the facts of recorded history. No one has any prescriptive right - not even the Cornish! - to deny the Cornish their national, historical or geographical existence yet the Cornish are the only indigenous ethnic group within the British State to be given neither recognition nor respect.
Cornwall is the rump of the Romano-British kingdom of Dumnonia which former territory was inexorably eroded by the advancing West Saxons between 577 A.D. and 936 A.D. until the Tamar River was established by Athelstan as an ethnic, or national, Border segregating the Cornish Britons from the English. The territory was alternatively referred to as West Wales or Cornwall with the former enduring into the Tudor period. When referring to a relationship with our neighbour it is correct to state this as Cornwall & England. To equate the Royal Duchy of Cornwall with the English administrative county of Devonshire is incorrect and misrepresents both Cornish history and Cornish rights.
Whilst finally subjugated and brought under the dominion of Wessex (and the English Crown), Cornwall never became an integral part of Wessex. This is a distinction which has remained true throughout the development of the English and British States and is a fact re-affirmed with the creation of the Duchy of Cornwall. There is not, for example, any act of union between England and Cornwall - as there is for Wales or Scotland - and, if we are to follow the line of reasoning of John Norden at the beginning of the 17th Century we may well pursue his belief that the investiture of the Prince of Wales as Duke of Cornwall united Cornwall to the Principality of Wales.
There are those who hold the bizarre belief that the mere fact of being dominated by England makes us English. I would argue that the vulnerable child is rarely, if ever, the brother of the bully - particularly one who having destroyed the child's parents, now insidiously seeks to destroy the child made vulnerable! We are what WE want to be and not what others arrogantly coerce us into being! The only difference between Cornwall and our Celtic Cousins is that they had very much stronger and protective - albeit self-centred - parents and retainers.