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By The Cornishman  |  Posted: June 13, 2013

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Henry Treloar is one of the characters to be featured in the Cornish Smuggler game.

An excerpt taken from the West Briton: April 15, 1842 about his deeds, reads:

"On the morning of the 9th instant, 20 tubs of contraband spirits were picked up floating near Penberth Cove, by the coastguard men stationed at Mousehole; and on the following morning, about one o'clock, the riding officer of the same station, Mr Rendle, seized a cart with two horses, near Trengwainton Lodge, in the parish of Madron, containing 20 tubs.

The driver who was on horseback decamped but after a smart chase he was overtaken and secured, though not before a pistol was presented, which had the effect of bringing him to.

His name was Henry Treloar, of the parish of Gulval. The whole of the tubs seized were lodged at the custom house, Penzance, by the chief officer of the Mousehole station, Mr Vavasour."

Taken from a debate in the House of Commons on the 'Smuggling Bill' in 1736: "... in some parts of the maritime counties, the whole people are so generally engaged in smuggling that it is impossible to find a jury that will, upon trial, do justice to an officer of the revenue in any case whatsoever".

At Gulval churchyard there is a 'smugglers' grave' with a skull and crossbones on it. The gravestone is of John Thomas of Marazion (a character in Cornish Smuggler), supposedly a pirate and smuggler whose local parish, Marazion, reportedly refused to bury him, hence his burial at Gulval church.

Taken from the Royal Cornwall Gazette, February 20, 1828: "Some preventative men seized a large quantity of spirits and tobacco that had been landed from a cutter and hidden in one of the St Just mines. During the search, one of the officers (named White) who had led the party to the spot, fell into the shaft and was killed."

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