James Hill

Family History and The Naming of a New Product

2020 has been a weird old year, at the time of writing we are currently in our second national lock down which due to my business I am fully exempt from (no time off for me)

All that being said we have released a new product for your enjoyment that is important to me in many ways but more on that later

Also, in this time I decided to look in to my family tree which would send me down a literal rabbit warren due to the nature of Cornish record keeping. Being the son of a staunch Cornishman I was brought up with a weird pride in our lineage but with no actual details.

It started by finding out the actual name of my paternal Grandfather who I never met. Douglas Clarence Clifford Hill (we thought he was called Pappa Donald) was from Truro and lived there all his life. His father was a man called James Thomas Hosking Hill who actually went by is middle name Thomas. Although he lived in Truro he was actually born St Keverne, more specifically Porthoustock.

His Father was a man named James Hill born 1835 Porthoustock and he is the object of our interest.

James was the Son of another James Hill who was a Shoemaker in Porthoustock. His occupation was listed as a Farmer and Fisherman in multiple Census but it is his volunteer work that we’re interested in. This is because Great Great Grandad James was the Coxswain of Porthoustock lifeboat.

Museum of Cornish Life: Photographs

The Crew of The Porthoustock lifeboat Charlotte. James Hill second from left, bottom row

In an article I found he had been on the lifeboat for 29 years and credited with 94 lives saved. He was awarded The Silver Medal of the Institution for his efforts at the famous rescue of some 44 persons during the wreck of the Mohegan 14th Ocotober 1898. At age 63 and in the dark, he and his team put out twice from Porthoustock to the infamous manacle rocks for the rescue.

More information can be found at the links at the bottom of the page and at The old life boat shed at Porthoustock, St Keverne.

How does he relate to cider? Well, he really doesn’t but we wanted to honour his memory and we having been selling a bespoke blend cider at the very excellent Plume of Feathers Portscatho where Helen and Roger Cazaly welcome weary walkers, tourists and locals a like. This blend was created especially for Roger and Helen who help pick apples every year.

It is a medium sweet cider with a perfect blend of sweetness, sharpness and tanning and at 5.8% is full of flavour

Find out more here about our Coxswain’s own cider

More information about James and the Mohegan at the following links

http://photographs.museumofcornishlife.co.uk/Search/Detail/1212/?referrer=%2FPlaces%2F%3FSt%2BKeverne

http://www.penwithlocalhistorygroup.co.uk/on-this-day/?id=253