Upon arrival, you can see the graves of the members of the late immediate Spry family as well as their servants.
The Spry family can be traced back in Cornwall to the reign of Henry VII, Arthur Spry being an important member of Parliament who had influence in passing a ‘bill to enable a quay to be erected at Falmouth’.
Thomas Davy Spry, as one example, was very heavily involved in the capture of the Spanish vessel Diana, on 11 November 1779.
The London Gazette from 1 April 1775 includes the promotion of Sir Richard Spry, from ‘Rear Admiral of the White’ to ‘Rear Admiral of the Red’ for his admired involvement in the Navy. On April 13 1779, an edition of the same newspaper states
‘The King hath been pleased to grant unto Thomas Davy, Esq: Captain to the Royal Navy…his Royal Licence and Authority to take and use the Surname and Arms of Spry.’