Enys Estate History

The Enys Estate has been owned by members of the Enys family since the 13th century, starting with Robert de Enys in 1272. Samuel Enys (1611-1697) was the first owner of Enys known to have left records of his family tree and notes about his family life, including his marriage to Elizabeth Pendarves and their several children.

The estate was passed on in the male line through two centuries through a succession of Samuel Enys's and John Enys's until the beginning of the 19th century, when the then John Enys died suddenly in an accident without a heir, and the estate was passed to his uncle Francis Enys in 1802.

Francis Enys
Francis studied law at Exeter College, Oxford, and never married, so he left the estate to his great nephew John Samuel Enys, who married Catherine Gilbert, the daughter of Davies Gilbert in 1834 in Eastbourne.

John Samuel, (1796-1872), held various public offices in Cornwall. At Enys he engaged the architect Henry Harrison in the early 1830's to produce designs for the house and improvements to the garden following the fire which burnt down the Tudor house.  He continued to improve the gardens over the following decades.  He had two daughters and three sons, although only the eldest, Jane Mary Enys married.

Francis Gilbert Enys (1836-1906)
As eldest son, Frank inherited the estate on his father's death.  During his period of ownership, his brothers John Davies and Charles were living in New Zealand and sent back many plants to Cornwall to enrich the gardens.

John Davies Enys (1837-1912)
John Davies inherited Enys following the death of his older brother. He had returned to England (following 40 years in New Zealand) in 1891, when his younger brother had become seriously ill and returned to England to die.  He established a New Zealand garden in the grounds and indulged his interest in plants and geology. 

Enys Henry Enys (1861-1939)
Enys Henry Rogers (Harry) was the eldest son of Henry Rogers and Jane Mary Enys and he inherited the estate on the death of his uncle.  He was an ordained minister of the Church of England and married an American, Sarah Louise Duffus, in 1896.  It would appear that he did little to improve or enhance the grounds

Charles Reginald Saltren Rogers (1897-1980)
Saltren was the only son of Harry and Sadie Enys.  He was trained to enter the Church,  but remained an unordained clerk in holy orders.  For much of the time he owned Enys, his eccentric sister Elizabeth, known as Betty, lived in the Garden Cottage in the grounds, and the gardens and mansion fell further into disrepair

Prof. Gordon Leonard Rogers (deceased in 2006)
In 1980 Professor Gordon Leonard Rogers, a retired optical physicist, inherited the estate, being the eldest son of the distinguished research doctor Sir Leonard Rogers, who was a brother of Harry Rogers. Although during Gordon's time at Enys there was a cut back in gardening staff,  in 2002  Prof. Rogers founded the Enys Trust, which is charged with the task of taking care of the gardens at Enys now and into the future.

 

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