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Bodmin remembers Thomas Flamank

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: June 30, 2008

<P>The group who braved the weather for the anniversary.  Tom Windsor</P>

The group who braved the weather for the anniversary. Tom Windsor

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CORNISHMEN and woman gathered at Town Wall, Bodmin, to commemorate the death of Thomas Flamank, joint leader of the Cornish Rebellion of 1497.

Flamank, a Bodmin lawyer, and his ally Michael An Gof from St Keverne, led 15,000 Cornishmen to London to protest against high taxes imposed by Henry VII who needed the money for a war in Scotland.

The commemoration in Bodmin is held every year on June 27, the date when Flamank and An Gof met their grisly end at the hands of the king.

The Cornishmen had intended to negotiate a settlement with Henry, but instead the king's army attacked the Cornish at Blackheath and overcame them with little difficulty.

Flamank and An Gof were caught and hanged, disembowelled and quartered, and their heads displayed on London Bridge.

The poor weather last Friday deterred many people from attending the ceremony, but former county councillor Alastair Quinnell, said it was right that Flamank should be honoured every year.

“Thomas Flamank was a key figure in a key part of Cornish history, and he should always be commemorated, and I think he always will be.

“As time goes on, some people say commemorations should be allowed to slip away, but some things are too important for that, and should always be remembered,'' he felt.

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  • louisfwood  |  August 30 2013, 6:15PM

    My middle name is Flamank and my great-grandfather created a family tree that links him and therefore me to Thomas Flamank. Unfortunately my family's last name has been 'Wood' for a long time and I have been wondering how many other Flamanks are still alive and I am also interested in finding out anything more about my family. I have only written on here and got an account because I don't know where else I could write. I don't expect anyone to read this but if you do and have any information that could help me please feel free to send me an email at: louisfwood@gmail.com

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