Place:Morval, Cornwall, England

TypeCivil parish, Hamlet
Coordinates50.384°N 4.448°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoWest Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
Liskeard Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Liskeard Registration District, Cornwall, Englandregistration district of which it was part 1837-2007
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Morval (Cornish: Morval) is a rural civil parish, hamlet and historic manor in south Cornwall, England. The hamlet is approximately two miles (3 km) north of Looe and five miles (8 km) south of Liskeard.

Morval parish had a population of 616 in the 2001 UK census. The meaning of the name Morval is unknown. To the north the parish was bounded by the parish of Liskeard (rural) (now the parish of Dobwalls and Trewidland) and Menheniot, to the east by St. Germans, to the south by St. Martin-by-Looe and to the west by Duloe.

Morval was part of the Liskeard Rural District from 1894 until 1974.



A hundred metres south of the church is Morval House, the manor house, a large Tudor residence which was once the home of the Glynn, Buller and Kitson families. The house was altered in the 18th century and according to Nikolaus Pevsner (1970) is "one of the best in Cornwall". The descent of the manor of Morval (referencing Burke's Landed Gentry, 1937 and Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 15th Edition, ed. Pirie-Gordon, H., London, 1937) was as follows:


The estate was the property of John Coode whose daughter and sole heiress Anne Coode married John Buller (1632-1716), MP, of Shillingham near Saltash, in Cornwall.


The ancient family of Buller is descended from Ralph Buller of Word in Somerset, sixth in descent from whom was Richard Buller who settled in Cornwall and married the heiress of Tregarrick.

  1. John Buller (1632-1716), MP, of Shillingham near Saltash, in Cornwall. His son, who predeceased him, was John Buller (1668-1701), MP for Lostwithiel in 1701.
  2. John Francis Buller (1695-1751) (grandson), of Morval, MP for Saltash 1718-1722, himself the father of three Members of Parliament: James Buller (1717-1765), John Buller (1721-1786), Lord of the Admiralty and Francis Buller (1723-1764) and of William Buller (1735-1796), Bishop of Exeter.
  3. James Buller (1717-1765) (eldest son), MP for East Looe 1741 - 1747 and for Cornwall 1748 - 1765. His first wife Elizabeth Gould was the heiress of the estate of Downes near Crediton in Devon, which became the principal seat of the senior line of the Buller family. He married secondly in 1744 to Lady Jane Bathurst (d.1794), second (or third) daughter of Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst. Morval became the inheritance of his eldest son from this second marriage.
  4. John Buller (1744-1790) (eldest son by father's second marriage), of Morval, MP for Exeter 1768-74, Launceston 1774-80, West Looe 1780-2, a Lord of the Treasury. He inherited the estate of Morval from his father. In 1770 he married Anne Lemon (d.1800), daughter of William Lemon of Carclew House, Mylor, Cornwall, and sister of Sir William Lemon, 1st Baronet (1748–1824) of Carclew.[11]
  5. John Buller (1771-1849) (eldest son), JP, DL, High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1835, MP for west Looe 1796 and 1826-7. In 1798 he married twice, firstly to Elizabeth Yorke (d.1802), daughter of Hon. and Right Rev. James Yorke, Bishop of Ely (a son of Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke (1690-1764), Lord Chancellor), without progeny. Secondly in 1814 he married Harriet Hulse (d.1868), daughter of Sir Edward Hulse, 3rd Baronet, by whom he had one son and four daughters.
  6. John Francis Buller (1818-1890) (only son), of Morval, JP, DL, High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1853. He died without progeny and was succeeded by his sister Charlotte Buller, wife of Henry Hawkins Tremayne, into which family passed the estate of Morval.


  1. Henry Hawkins Tremayne (d.1894), JP, who in 1858 married his cousin[12] Charlotte Buller (d.1909), heiress of Morval. He was the 3rd son of John Hearle Tremayne (1780-1851), JP, DL, of Heligan, St Austell, Cornwall, and Sydenham House, Lew Down, Devon, High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1831, MP for Cornwall 1806-26. Henry's mother was Caroline Matilda Lemon (d.1864), youngest daughter of Sir William Lemon, 1st Baronet (1748–1824) of Carclew. He was a descendant of the ancient family of Tremayne, which in the reign of King Edward III (1327-1377) were lords of the manor of Tremayne in the parish of St Martin, Helford Haven.
  2. Henry Arthur Tremayne (1866-1921) (eldest son), a captain in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.
  3. Arthur Hearle Tremayne (born 1868, living in 1937) (brother), a captain in the Royal Navy.

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