It then goes on having a lot of time passages created to mirror Cornish dialect, linked the latest fulfilling of your own miner ‘Relative Jack/Jacky’ together with housemaid, Mary, as well as their next talk and you will deeds. Surprisingly, the same pamphlet now offers facts to own ‘Cousin Jan’ and perhaps Jenny-both Jan and Jenny are present for other characters from the text message of poem, recommending it also were recognized as antique brands to possess Cornish characters, and you may ‘Cousin phlets which might be claimed on the back out-of An effective Cornish Ghost Story, namely The Bal, or, ‘Tes a great Bra’ Keenly Lode, Cousin Jan’s Tale (very first composed from the Helston for the 1850) and its sequel Relative Jan’s Courtship and Matrimony (very first published at the Truro inside the 1859), both from the William Bentinck Forfar. The first of them, blogged three-years before the basic source regarding the OED reference so you’re able to Relative The month of january (that’s, indeed, obtained from a paper advertisement for this pamphlet out-of 1853, while the OED cannot speak about which), has another passing:
In the event the you can easily pay attention to myself for a moment, you shallHear exactly about seeking and dealing an excellent Bal;The way the Lode was discovered because of the a small hazel twig,Carried over the ground by the specific knowing old prig. ,’Tes the new keenliest gozan thee actually ded’st pick. (13)
Relative ple of ore to help you a master Polglaze, ‘a Purser, infamous, Who quickly, of the mining, a wealthy guy got grown’. He declares that they have to head to London to increase loans (‘The ran to Bristol of the a steamer out of Hayle, And you can proceeded off Bristol to London by rail’), in addition to their adventure will be recounted inside Cornish dialect by the Cousin Jan. Subsequently, the form ‘Cousin Jan’ is located in a handful of Cornish papers blogs on 1860s on the 1890s because label from a great Cornish ‘everyman’ otherwise as the a standard name getting Cornishmen/Cornish miner, we.elizabeth. it appears to be to own functioned given that a version brand of ‘Cousin Jack’/’Cousin Jacky’. This will be backed by that ‘Cozen Jan’ first looks in Forfar’s poem within an expression that seems generally identical to Christopher Children’s conventional Cornish miner’s statement “Com’se along Relative Jacky”.
However, it passageway would appear to include facts having a Cornish utilize of ‘Cousin Jack/Jacky’ to own a beneficial miner still living when you look at the Cornwall some time throughout the 1850s or very early 1860s
The second publication that further illustrates an early usage of ‘Cousin Jack’ and similar in Britain, without obvious reference to Cornish emigrants, is a report in The Cornish Telegraph for 27 September 1854. This briefly recounted the exhumation of a miner who fell down the shaft of Pednandrea Mine, Redruth in the 1820s. The rediscovery of his remains apparently prompted ‘great excitement’ and his funeral procession on Sunday, 17 September 1854, was attended by four thousand people, equal to around half of the population of Redruth at that time. What is particularly striking is that, although his real name is given as John Stephens, the newspaper notes that in life he was ‘better known as “Cousin Jack Cobbler,”‘(14) something that obviously suggests the use of the nickname ‘Cousin Jack’ in Cornwall as far back as the 1820s. The status of Stephens’ alternative name as a nickname is confirmed by the report on the inquest published the previous week in the Royal Cornwall Gazette:
Cozen The month of january, d’ee started ‘long wi’ me
On Saturday the 16th instant, an inquest was held. on the body of John Stephens, aged 25 years. According to the evidence of William Thomas, miner, it appeared that as long ago as the 9th of August, 1828, the deceased and his brother were employed in stripping the shaft, and drawing up the materials in the Pednandrea Mine, near Redruth. The deceased and witness both fell into the shaft together. Lifeless was infamous regarding the area because of the nickname away from “Relative Jack Cobbler.”(15)