14. Peter CURGENVEN/LEAN1 was born on 8 Jun 1684 in Lelant,
Cornwall. He died from complications after amputation of leg. on
20 Jun 1729 in London, England. Transcribed thanks to Thea
THE WILL OF PETER CURGENVEN - 1729
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN
I Peter Curgenven late of Fort St George in the East Indies and now of Soho
Square in the County of Middlesex Esq. Do make this my last Will and testament
in manner following.
I do desire that all my just debts may be duely paid and satisfyed .
I do give to my brother Mr Richard Curgenven or if he be dead, to his children,
to be divided equally amongst them the sums of one thousand pounds (This is hopefully
the grandfather of our Richard who died in 1812).
I doo give to my two nephews and one niece the sons and daughter of my brother
William Curgenven deceased to each of them the sums of two hundred pounds .(Thomas,
William & Tiberia).
To my two sisters Rachell Hoskins and Mary Rawlings to both of them I give
the sums of Two hundred pounds and in case of their death or either of their
deaths, I give their said Legacies amongst their children respectively in equal
It is my will that all my said legacies be paid within eighteen months after
my decease and I do hereby make.
And appoint my dear and truely beloved wife Frances Curgenven sole Executrix
of this my Will and do give to her, her executors and administrators all the
rest residue and remainder of my estate whatsoever and wheresoever, subject to
the payment of my depts and Legacies here before mentioned and I do hereby revoke
and make void all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made --
witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this sixth day of June
in the second yeare of the reigne of our Soveraigne Lord King George the Second
and in the yeare of our Lord God 1729.
Peter Curgenven signed, sealed and published and declared by the said Peter
Curgenven as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have in his
presence subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto W Boyle. Joshua Gukie (?)Esq.
From the book 'The Pirates of Malabar, and a Englishwomen in India Two Hundred
Years Ago by John Biddulph
As an instance of the miseries to which men were exposed by Angria's piracies,
may be mentioned the case of Mr. Curgenven, a private merchant of Madras. Being
bound on a trading voyage to China, he sailed from Surat in August, 1720, in
the _Charlotte_. Before he could get clear of the coast, he was captured by Angria's
fleet and carried into Gheriah. There he remained for nearly ten years, during
the whole of which time he was made to wear fetters and work as a slave. In spite
of the letters he was able to send to Bombay, nothing appears to have been done
to procure his liberty. At last, on payment of a ransom, he was set free, and
joined his wife in England. But the fetters he had worn so long had injured one
of his legs, and amputation was necessary. As he was recovering from the operation,
an artery burst, and he died on the spot.
Memorial to Peter Curgenven (1684 - 1729) at Great Waltham Parish Church, Essex.
Near this Place lyeth the Body of PETER CURGENVEN Mercht
He was sent in his Youth to the East-INDIES where attaining to a
thorough knowledge of the INDIA-trade in all its Branches he acquir'd
a plentiful Fortune and withal what is more valuable the universal
Character of a Man of great Honour and Honesty of invictable*Faith
And Integrity which Virtues he adorn'd with an uncommon
Affability and Politeness.
Preparing after a twenty five-Years absence to return to his Native
Country, he unfortunately fell ill into he hands of CONNAJEE ANGRIA
Admiral to the SOU RAJAH then at war with the ENGLISH at BOMBAY,
and remain'd in a miserable Captivity about five Years, during which
he behav'd with an unparallel'd Patience, Generosity and Greatness
of mind, not only comforting, assisting and Supporting his Fellow-
Sufferers but even refusing his own Deliverance without that of
his Companions in Misery. At last, having Freed himself and the rest
by his own Industry and Management, he imbark'd for ENGLAND, in
hopes of sitting down in quiet and enjoying the Fruits of his
Labours: but see the Uncertainty of all things Here Below: Just before
his Landing, a Violent Fit of the Cramp seizing his Thigh and
bursting the Veins, tho' the Effects were hardly discernable, yet
was he forc'd soon after his Arrival at LONDON to have his thigh
first laid open and then cut of almost close to his Body. Scarce
ever was the like Operation perfiorm'd: Never any undergone with
more Resolution and Firmness, without so much as a Groan or the
least Motion to express his Anguish: He outliv'd this Operation 12
days when the Wound bleeding afresh he resign'd his last
Breath, with a Surprising Sedateness and unconcern at
leaving this world, being fully perswaded he was going to exchange
his Perishable for everlasting Riches.
He died June 20th 1729 in the 47th year of his Age.
He was son of WILLIAM CURGENVEN a Gentleman of good
Family in CORNWALL and Married FRANCIS Daughter of
JOHN ROTHERHAM of this Parish Esq whom he left
his sole Executrix having no Issue and who
Erected this Monument over his Grave as a Token of her
Affection and Gratitude.
*The above transcription was by Dr Christopher Starr, a transcription in
Wright's History of Essex shows the word "invictable" as "Inviolable"
and also spells Curgenven as Curvengen.
Peter CURGENVEN/LEAN and Frances ROTHERHAM were married on 9 Apr 1713 in Fort
St. George, Tamil Nadu, Madras, India. Frances
ROTHERHAM (daughter of John ROTHERHAM) died on 13 May 1755 in Drum.
Frances remarried April 27, 1736 James 13th Lord Sommerville. Frances left
a Will dated February 16 1755. Will proved November 14, 1757.