Ronald perry B Sc, MA, Ph D, Dip Ed, is secretary of The Silvanus Trevail Society. He came to Cornwall in 1965, after administrative and academic experience in England, Germany and the Far East, to build up the Faculty of Management, Business and Professional Studies at Cornwall College. He has carried out numerous socio-economic surveys of the region for the British Social and Economic Research Development Group. More recently, he has published many historical studies, mainly dealing with the period when Silvanus Trevail lived, for the Institute of Cornish Studies of Exeter University, the Royal Institution of Cornwall, the Trevithick Society, the Cornwall Association of Local Historians, An Baner Kernewek and the China Clay History Society. For his contribution to the history of Cornwall, Dr Perry was created a Bard (Scryfer Negis) of the Cornish Gorsedd.