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Jeremy Rowett Johns

The Smugglers’ Banker

Monday 28 September, 11:00am-12:00pm
Fowey Town Hall

Founder of the Polperro Heritage Press, author and Cornish historian Jeremy Rowett Johns tells the extraordinary story of Zephaniah Job, the ‘Smugglers’ Banker’ of Polperro who masterminded the flourishing contraband trade in one small Cornish fishing village at the end of the 18th century. Most of Job’s incriminating ledgers and letter books were destroyed after his death in 1822 but a few survived to reveal the full extent of the ‘Trade’ involving, how privateering resulted in the capture of valuable prize ships, and how, eventually, the murder of a Customs officer led to the trial and execution of one of the Polperro smugglers and the end of Job’s involvement.

50% of the net proceeds from this event will go to the Sir Arthur Quiller Couch Memorial Fund.

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