Who was Cousin Jack?
Cousin Jack is the name given to the Cornish miners who migrated around the world, taking their mining skills with them. Many Cornish people travelled to other mineral rich areas in America, Australia and Africa.
Why Cousin Jack?
Some say that Cornish miners became known as ‘cousin jack’ because they were always asking for a job for their cousin Jack back at home. Others think it was because the miners used to call each other ‘cousin’ and Jack was the most popular Christian name in Cornwall.
Why do you think Cornish miners were called cousin Jack?