The daughter of Frederick Chegwidden – with whom John Gill lived in his later years - recalls that John did not approve of flowers laid at graves:  in the biography of Wendy Monk, Mrs Florence Rapson recalls that she gave this advice to a naval man who came looking for the grave of John Gill after the Second World War, having been much impressed by a talk he had heard John give in Plymouth when he was in his youth. 


So we would suggest that we lay a painted stone here – with the Cornish flag – or leave a potted plant of lavender to promote the wildlife of this green haven.  Alternatively, in recognition of John Gill’s concern with poverty created by the Corn Laws, we will make a donation of £5 to the foodbank in Penryn, and clean the headstone of where he rests instead of leaving a tribute.    

John Gill


John Gill - Peace-activist and printer - 28th December, 1905

John Gill, born in 1811, lived through many important events of the 19th century.  The Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) were almost concluded at the time of his birth, but as a young adult he was witness to the misery and deprivation caused by the Corn Laws (restricting the import of all cereal grains in to the UK with the effect of raising prices, and profits, which benefitted the land-owning classes), and joyful at their repeal in 1846. 


John’s father – who worked in agriculture - was descended from Quakers, and ensured that John and his brothers benefitted from mor