By Dennis Endean Ivall.
We were saddened to learn of the death of Dennis Endean Ivall on 6th February 2006.
Dennis generously allowed us to use his material on the Endean surname and coat of arms.
Dennis was born in 1921 and was a well-known heraldic artist who was descended from the Endeans on his
maternal side. He was able to trace his Endean ancestors in their migration from St Mawgan through St
Columb Minor, Newlyn and Ladock to Cornelly. Although he was not a part of our Endean family unit we
hope that one day we may be able to align his family tree with ours.
Dennis was also a bard of the Cornish Gorsedd. The Cornish Gorseth was founded in 1928, under the
aegis of the Welsh Gorsedd, which itself was established in the late 18th
century to carry on the tradition of Bardic law and culture in the Celtic
lands, particularly in the 5th & 6th centuries AD.
The ceremonial of the Cornish Gorseth follows in many respects that of the
Welsh body, and there is a similar association of Breton bards with like aims.
A member of any of the three bodies is held to be an honorary bard of the other
Cornish Bards are elected from those considered to be sufficiently proficient
in the Cornish Celtic language, have done good work in the field of Cornish
history and arts, or whose activities otherwise reflect credit on Cornwall.
Dennis's qualification for Bardship was proficiency in the Cornish language,and
for work in the field of Cornish history, heraldry and art.