Scorrier House, situated a stone's throw from Tregullow House, was built by
John Williams 3rd in 1778. He made
his fortune in various local Cornish mining businesses, and built a mineral tramway and the
Plymouth breakwater. He married Catherine Harvey.
John Williams 3rd's other residences
- Burncoose, Gwennap, Cornwall, where he lived with CH
- Manor of Calstock in Devon, bought in 1806
John Williams 3rd had four children with Catherine
- John Williams 4th (1778-1849).
Michael Henry Williams 1st (1785-1858) who:
- bought Caerhays Castle and estate in 1853
- inherited Scorrier House in 1841
- lived mainly at Trevince.1
- Edward Williams (1786-1822).
William Williams, Sir (1791-1870), who
By 1891, the year in which Zimapan changed hands, John
Williams 5th (29) was the head of Scorrier House, and lived there with his
brother Percival D. Williams (26) until 1892. Both were single gentlemen of
independent means, and between them employed nine domestic servants to help run the large
A year later, John Williams 5th married Lily Florence Gage Hodge (23), requiring
Percival to set up his own household down the lane in Fourburrow House.2
How 'Scorrier House' has been inherited
The house has been passed down through the Williams family from father to eldest son, as
- John Williams 3rd: commissioned the building and first owner.
- Michael Henry Williams 1st: inherited in 1841 on death of his father JW3.
- John Michael Williams: inherited in 1858 on death of his father MHW 1st.
- George Williams 1st: inherited from his only brother JMW in 1862, and rebuilt
the house after the 1862 fire.
- John Williams 5th: the eldest son of GW 1st; inherited shortly before 1891.
- Lily Florence Gage Williams (after JW5 died in 1942).
- John Gage Williams: eldest son of JW 5th; inherited after LFGW died.
Williams [current owner].3
1. The Book of St Day, Mills & Annear, 2003.
2. Kelly's Directory, 1893.
3. Richard Williams holding a
specimen of coal during the 'Tramway Bicentenary Celebration' at Portreath, 1 Aug 2009.
Photo credit: Cornish Mining Museum World Heritage.