HENRY SEWELL STOKES (eld. son of Henry Stokes of Dartmouth, proctor and notary at Gibralter 1780-1832). b. Gibralter 16 June 1808; educ. St. Saviour's gram. sch. Southwark 1815 and under Dr. Giles at Chatham; resided in Gibralter 1825; articled to C. V. Bridgeman, solicitor, Tavistock 1826; solicitor at Truro 1832-65; became leader of the Cornwall quarter sessions at Bodmin; a member of the Truro corporation 1852, mayor 1856, town cleark 1859-65; clerk of the peace for Cornwall at Bodmin Feb. 1865 to death; received freedom of city of Truro, Oct. 1894; founded the Cornish Guardian 9 Aug. 1833, editor for 3 years, when it was incorporated with the West Briton; author of The lay of the desert 1830; The vale of Lanherne 1836, 2 ed. 1853; Rhymes from Cornwall 1871; Poems of later years 1873; Restormel, a legend of Piers Gaveston 1875; new ed. 1882. d. Castle hill, Bodmin 7 April 1895, portrait in council hall Truro. W. H. K. Wright's West-country poets (1896) 427-30 portrait; T. B. Brown's County council year book (1892) 177 portrait; The Western Morning News 8 April 1895 p. 5.