Since 1636 the Hunkin name and the fishing port of Mevagissey have been closely associated. The Hunkins are a proud seafaring family, steeped in Cornish tradition. The name is written in its churches, its monuments and in the history of the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan. To this day, the Hunkin name is well known in the village, with several branches of the extensive family tree remaining connected to it. My lineage is part of a direct line of nearly four hundred years of fishermen all hailing from Mevagissey. There are still boats in the Mevagissey fleet under the Hunkin name, owned by my father, uncle and cousin.

My story is being the first Hunkin in my personal ancestry to depart from the tradition of going to sea. I was schooled in Mevagissey and at Penrice Academy, where I had the honour of becoming Head Boy, and gained my degree in Plymouth.

Now I have been drawn back to the place where I began, and I will endeavour to serve my family, my community – and my ancestors – in a way to make them proud.


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