Unlike the Arundells, the Molesworths were not an old Catholic family, but they played a very signficant role in the revival of Catholicism in Cornwall, after the conversion in the mid 19th century, of Paul Molesworth, a Church of England clergyman and the 10th Baronet, and his wife, Jane. Paul and Jane Molesworth became significant benefactors of the new Catholic mission churches, with gifts of goods or land to the new churches in Penzance, Newquay, Liskeard and Plymouth Cathedral, amongst others. The land on which the present Catholic Church of Newquay stands, was given by the family. Mrs Shaw is a descendant of the family and gives a fascinating personal account of the family’s involvement in the Catholic life of Cornwall.
There is one correction to the genealogical detail in this talk: Prudence Molesworth who married Hugh Gregor of Trewarthenick, was the sister of John M. the 4th Baronet, not John M. the 5th.
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