Letter 'K'

Kelp - Two meanings.  Firstly the collective name for large seaweeds (mainly FucaceŠ and LaminariaceŠ) which are burnt for the sake of obtaining ash which was used make soap, alum and glass.  Secondly the name given to the calcined ashes of these aforementioned seaweeds. (vyvy pp 112 - 117).

Kelp Industry / Kelping - Introduced to Scilly by a Mr Nance of Cornwall in c. 1684.  Mr Nance settled on the island of Teńn.  Several of the Kelp Pits can be still seen today.  Seaweed was collected, dried and burnt in the pits to produce soda ash (impure sodium carbonate). Photographs.  Extremely hard and smelly work. Ref: Report detailing the Extreme Miseries of the Off-Islands of Scilly 1818, George Charles Smith. Kelp Burning [vyvy p112]  See also The Scillonian, No. 271, Summer 2010, pages 155-160.[rl]

Kelp Pits - Stone lined depressions approximately 4 feet (120cm) in diameter and 2 feet (60cm) deep used to burn the kelp.

Kearons, Edward - Survivor of the wreck of the Thames steamer in 1841.  He was a seaman who had made his way to Rosevear on a piece of driftwood. He survived on this very exposed island for 24 hours before being discovered by boatmen.  Fortunately, a porter (strong ale) cask had found its way to the island from the wreck. The seaman took a drink before emptying it to use as an overnight shelter.

Kettle and Pans - Group of rocks on Peninnis.

Kiddley-winks - Small public houses. [tsm 214/64]

Killick - Simple form of stone anchor.

King, C. J. (& Son) - Chemists, business transferred to Mr. T. W. Adams in 1931.

Knackyboy Carn, ST. Martin's - Ruined Entrance Grave, SV 9235, 1586.

Knights of King Arthur - Sir Lancelot, Sir Tristan, Sir Banyan, Sir Bor, Sir Caradoc and Sir Percival. (Fled to Scilly)

Kistvaen - Ancient Grave

Kreuter, Ferdinand - Perished in the wreck of the Schiller 1875.  Headstone @ St Agnes Churchyard.


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