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Fowey Harbour Heritage Society
Troy Class 1933

Our Series of Talks

From July to April each year the Society arranges a series of talks  held in Fowey, Bodinnick and Polruan. These are open to all and Members have reduced price entry.

If  meetings are  not possible due to restrictions,  talks will be held online.  

To join, or to renew your Membership for 2021/22, please contact Kath Pearce on  07977 572268 or email

The programme of talks for 2021/22 is as follows;

Friday 3rd September Fowey Town Hall. "A History of Cornish Gigs" by Anne Curnow Care.  POSTPONED DUE TO COVID

Saturday 16th October Whitecross Village Hall. "Breaking the Mould, the South West Suffragettes" by Pamela Vass.

Saturday 13th November via Zoom. "14th Century Cornwall, the Rise of Fowey" by Dr Sam Drake.

Saturday 11th December via Zoom. "The Vikings in the South West" by Dr Derek Gore.

Saturday 22nd January via Zoom. "Cornish Church Benchends" by Dr Todd Gray MBE. 

Saturday 19th February via Zoom. "Nelson's Forgotten Surgeon: Dr George Magrath" by Barbie Thompson.

Saturday 19th March Fowey Church.  "The Cornish Miners" by Ken Johns.

Saturday 23rd April Whitecross Village Hall. "Surnames of the Fowey Valley" by Dr Bernard Deacon. 

Illustration for 'Nelson's Forgotten Surgeon' - Dr George Magrath. An illustrated Zoom talk by Barbie Thompson talk

'Nelson's Forgotten Surgeon' - Dr George Magrath. An illustrated Zoom talk by Barbie Thompson

Date/Time: Saturday 19 February. Zoom starts at 19.00

Venue: Delivered by Zoom

Cost: Free for FHHS members, £8 for non members.

Contact: Tickets can be purchased via or contact our Treasurer, Andrew Gardner 07769977116 or

George Magrath was for a time surgeon on board HMS VICTORY and was favourably considered by Nelson. Having dealt at Nelson’s request with an outbreak of Yellow Fever in Gibraltar, Magrath missed the Battle of Trafalgar. Instead, he was serving as medical officer at Mill Prison the Prisoner of War Depot at Millbay, Plymouth. It was therefore William Beatty, a fellow Ulsterman, who was present at the death of Lord Nelson. Later Magrath was transferred to Dartmoor Prison and was the Chief Medical Officer in attendance during the shooting of American POWs. He was knighted for his medical services.
Barbie grew up in Plymouth, Devon and is a historian with a particular interest in Napoleonic prisoners of war. She is a regular speaker on this topic and has spoken at various UK Conferences at University level – Exeter, Oxford and London. Following the success of the International Conference on the War of 1812, held at London University in July 2012, Barbie was invited to present her paper again on ‘The Role of Plymouth and Dartmoor during the War of 1812’ at the ‘From Enemies to Allies’ International Conference held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis in June 2013.

›› Download details of the talk on 'Nelson's Forgotten Surgeon' - Dr George Magrath. An illustrated Zoom talk by Barbie Thompson (pdf)