The Duchy of Cornwall “THERE can be few institutions which have so successfully eluded the serious historian as the Duchy of Cornwall, for only one aspect of its history and administration, that of its jurisdiction of the tin mines, has been adequately treated; its curious legal relation to the Crown, and to common law, its political importance in reference to Council and Parliament, and its economic signi cance as one of the largest landowners in England, all await detailed investigation.” — Mary Coate M.A. F.R.Hist.S., 1927
A Charter of 1337 (11 Edw. 3 c. 0) “Therefore we have given and Granted for Us and our Heirs and by this our present Charter Con rmed to our same son under the name and Honor of the Duke of the said place: the Castles Manors Lands and Tenements and other things underwritten”
1508 Charter of Pardon “that no statutes, acts, ordinances… or proclamations shall take effect in…[Cornwall] or elsewhere to the prejudice or in exoneration of the said tinners, bounders, possessors of tinworks… dealers in white tin or the heirs or successors of any of them, unless there has previously been convened twenty-four good and lawful men of the four stannaries of the county of Cornwall…; so that no statutes …[etc.] to be made in future by us, our heirs and successors, or by the said Prince and Duke of Cornwall for the time being shall be made except with the consent of the said twenty-four men so elected and appointed…”
Public Accounts Committee “The Treasury should review the working of the arrangements whereby surpluses from the two Duchies provide an annual income for the Households of The Queen and The Prince of Wales. As these arrangements have been in place for over six hundred years, such a review would hardly be over-hasty.”
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