Cornish COMPLIN 
- Christened: 1696
- Marriage (1): Ann BUCKNELL 
- Died: Apr 1737 aged 41
Gail McAdam writes 2016:
Cornish Complin was the Writing Master at Christ's Hospital school (CHS) in the market town of Hertford where the most junior children were taught to read and write. All Saints and St John's was the parish church for the school and was located almost adjacent to it. Christ's Hospital was a charity school for children who had been orphaned. The child's father had to be a freeman (a citizen) to apply for admission and had to pass an admission test to show competence. Graduates often earned excellent apprenticeships when they left and some especially academically inclined might earn a place at either Oxford or Cambridge. Cornish Complin had been a student at Christ's Hospital himself. After his apprenticeship he was employed as Assistant Writing Master at Christ Hospital's main school in Newgate Street in London. There is a fair amount of information about his employment there documented through the records of the school which a quite extensive. The school historian, Clifford Jones, was really helpful in providing me with information about both Cornish and William. Cornish married Ann Buckell at an unknown (as yet) date and they had three sons.
The court of Christ's Hospital School approved the appointment of Cornish to the post of Writing Master at the preparatory school in Hertford at their meeting on December 2, 1726. Living with the Complin family was Cornish's mother Catherine (nee Cornish). She died in 1731 and her will was probated November 3, 1731. In it she leaves money to each of the three boys but with a special bequest to William on the proviso that he apprentice as an apothecary. The extra bequest was for 100 pounds which was a very substantial amount considering the fact that William's future father-in-law's apprenticeship fee was 4 pounds. It was certainly a strong incentive for William to follow that line of work.
In April 1737 Cornish Complin died. I have a copy of his will but he simply left everything to Ann so there is little information to be gained from it. Ann petitioned that Court of Christ's Hospital School allow her to live on in the house the family occupied on the school grounds and to admit her sons to the school. At a Court meeting of Thursday 30th June 1737, the Court was acquainted with the fact that Cornish Complin had died, leaving two children, and agreed to admit them to the school; Cornish Complin aged about ten, and William Complin, aged about seven. Both boys were admitted to the school 1st July 1737. 'that the petitioner's husband, Cornish Complin, citizen and vintner of London, is lately dead and hath left her with the charge of three children unprovided for'. Crane was not considered probably because he was too old. Note that Cornish is referred to as a vintner in both the Court records and William's apprenticeship papers. A man might be made free through a guild that was completely unconnected to his training or line of work. The records of CHS show Cornish Complin being discharged from Christ's Hospital on 7th January 1711 (age 15), by the consent of Mr. Thomas Nichol, a governor, on behalf of his mother (name not given), and by Samuel Lane, Writing Master in Gravel Lane, Houndsditch, with whom he was to serve seven years. The record also mentions that he was turned over to a Writing Master at Whitechapel, and also to a Writing Master in Vine Yard, so he presumably did not remain with Samuel Lane for the full seven years. The will of Cornish Complin, School Master at Hertford, is held at the National Archives, Kew, dated 16th June 1737: reference PROB 11/683/392
Cornish married Ann BUCKNELL  [MRIN: 7504].