John Angarrack

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John Angarrack is a Cornish nationalist who campaigns for greater recognition of Cornish identity and is a self-published author on Cornish affairs.[1]

Cornish nationalism[edit]

His interest in the Cornish language and history developed while he was studying at Liverpool Polytechnic in the late 1970s.[citation needed] Much of his work deals with the detail of the core issues of the Cornish national movement as well as a re-examination of Cornish history. In 1997 Angarrack started writing his first book, Breaking the Chains, which was self-published in 1999, and claimed to uncover the truth about Cornish history and identity.[citation needed]

On 12 December 2008, Angarrack took part in a debate on Cornish identity which was broadcast live on BBC Radio Cornwall's Laurence Reed show. The two other panel guests were Mebyon Kernow leader, Dick Cole and Professor Philip Payton of Institute of Cornish Studies.[citation needed] Angarrack's campaign to revive Cornish culture and language also featured in a 2005 article in the European edition of Time Magazine.[2]

Political campaigns[edit]

Angarrack was one of the founder members of Cornwall 2000, an organisation based in Bodmin, Cornwall. The group lobbied the UK government over the specific exclusion of the Cornish from the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. They were, however, unsuccessful in raising sufficient funds to take matters to court, and the campaign was dropped.[3]


  • Breaking the chains: propaganda, censorship, deception and the manipulation of public opinion in Cornwall, Camborne: Cornish Stannary Publications, 1999. ISBN 0-9529313-1-1
  • Our future is history: identity, law and the Cornish question, Padstow: Independent Academic Press, 2002. ISBN 0-9529313-4-6
  • Scat t’larrups?, published on 15 May 2008 as a follow-up to Breaking the Chains and Our Future is History, concerning police counter-terrorism activities in Cornwall during 2007.[4]

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  1. ^ Deacon, Bernard (2007) Cornwall: the Concise History, (The Histories of Europe series) University of Wales Press, ISBN 978-0-7083-2032-7 (hardback) 978-0-7083-2031-0 (paperback), page 228.
  2. ^ "The Lost Tribes of Europe" an article in Time magazine Europe edition, 29 August 2005 by James Geary
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  4. ^ Scat t’Larrups by John Angarrack: publisher's description.