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Cory Society LogoIn October of 1992, a preliminary meeting was held in Northampton, England.  On 17 December 1992, a steering committee was appointed and the Cory Society was formed in England.

The UK Cory Society, not to be confused with the US Cory Family Society, has decided to dissolve their society. Following that decision, it was decided to form a new and informal group of Cory Family Friends in the UK. The raison d’etre for the Friends is purely as a social meeting of past members of the Cory Society, who have so much enjoyed the companionship of previous gatherings and wish to continue this camaraderie. All former members and our American/Canadian friends are welcome to join.

The UK Cory Society stills maintains their website, It has a new look. Rather than a window of what the Cory Society is, it is now a Cory Archive of what we were and have achieved. Hopefully, the website will be a place to go for anything you wanted to remember or know about the Corys.

There’s a lot to look through so you will not do it all in one sitting! You can view it on your mobile, iPad, laptop so you can browse wherever you are.

Don’t forget to share the news with your friends and relatives. Just so that they know what they have been missing all these years!

The following is borrowed from the Cory Society Web Pages:

The Cory Origins

The Cory name is documented pre-parish registers in Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Bristol, Devon and Cornwall.  Many Corys migrated and most Cory lines have an emigrant or two to the USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia or New Zealand.
The Society has published a book on "The English Corys"  by Michael R. Cory and Vernon Cory and also a book of the  revised "Norfolk Pedigrees" compiled by. Michael R. Cory who is the archivist of the Cory Society.   These publications are available as are various information sheets to help with your research. (See link below to research information page.)


Cardiff in South Wales became the home to two Cory families from the west country.  The companies they formed had great influence in the area.

Richard Cory (1799-1882) arrived from Devon about 1840, his two eldest sons John and Richard later and establishing the company Cory Brothers at Cory Buildings.   John Cory built the house at Dyffryn, St. Nicholas about 4 miles from Cardiff - and his philanthropy was recognized in his lifetime with the erection of a statue in Cathays Park.  John had four children and Llantarnam Abbey was the home of one of his sons, Sir Clifford Cory Bt. from 1895 until he died in 1941.  Clifford modified the building to look like a castle with battlements and turrets.  It was requisitioned during World War II, but became the property of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy in 1946.  Clifford married Jane Anne Gordon Lethbridge in 1893.

John Cory (1822-1891) who came from Cornwall in 1872 and established John Cory & Sons (ship owners) at Mount Stuart House.

However if you see a Cory tug boat at Cardiff Docks, this is connected to yet another line with west country roots (see William Cory below).


William Cory (1783-1862), the founder of William Cory & Sons, a farmer's son born at Week St Mary in Cornwall, left for London sometime before 1810.  By the time he retired he was a respected gentleman of Bloomsbury.  One of his granddaughters was Ann Maria Cory.  She is the Cory family connection with Alice in Wonderland.  Ann Maria Cory married Harry Liddell whose sister was Alice Liddell the original Alice in Wonderland.

If you are in London, take the opportunity to visit the Victoria & Albert Museum, in South Kensington and take a look at the jewelry in display case 19 in Gallery 92.  The museum catalogue shows that most of the case is taken up by Dame Jane Anne Gordon Cory's jewelry although the name plate on the case is that of Louisa Dowager Viscountess Wolseley, it refers to her portrait on the wall above.  The collection consists of garnets, amethysts, jade, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, pearls and diamonds. Some of these are presumed to be wedding gifts as details of jewelry were included in a newspaper report of her marriage. These Cory jewels are alongside cases of items from the Russian Crown Jewels sold by the Bolshevik government so they are in sparkling company.


Reginald Radcliffe Cory was the benefactor of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. There is a rose grown at Cory Lodge called the Rosa xcoryana which is a deep shade of pink.  These 'species' roses can be ordered direct from rose grower Peter Beales at (Delivery might be delayed as they are grown specially to order.)


The earliest Cory recorded in the county was Geoffrey Cory in 1324 in the Patent Rolls.  However, it is the line of Robert Corie that provides the earliest family tree in Norfolk.  He traveled from Launceston to Norwich, which was at that time one of the most important towns in England.  Robert purchased land in 1399 and in 1403 he bought an estate in the village of Bramerton where the family lived until 1682.  Norwich was said to have a church for every week of the year and an alehouse for every day!   Several of these churches had Corys as clerics.

The Corry Family from Ireland:

The Corry family from Dublin, Ireland had moved to Putney in London by the year 1870. The two sons, Alfred and Edward, went to colleges in England.  Alfred became a civil engineer. When he died in 1892 Alfred Corry bequeathed ?1500 in his will towards a lifeboat at Southwold in Suffolk. One of his executors was his brother Edward Crawford Corry, a barrister of  The Temple, London.  The lifeboat was known as the Alfred Corry and launched with great ceremony in 1893.  It remained in service until 1918 and was launched 41 times, saving 46 lives.  This lifeboat has recently been renovated and put on display at Southwold in a museum that has been created out of the former Cromer lifeboat shed.

Settlers on Other Continents:

We have regional coordinators in Australia and also contacts through The Cory Family Society of America with Canada and United States of America.  The edition of "The American Corys" by Vernon Cory & Michael R. Cory is based on the Corys' settlement and dispersion in the United States and Canada.  This includes a chapter on Giles Cory who emigrated to America some time between 1622-1650.  He is remembered for his sad and cruel end during the Salem Witch trials, for on the 19th September 1692 Giles Cory was pressed to death for refusing a trial.  In 1951 the author, Arthur Miller, based The Crucible on the trial of Giles Corey.  Even earlier inspiration came in 1868 to the American poet, Longfellow who dramatized the event in Giles Cory and the Salem Farms:
Those who lie in Potter's Field,
Will rise again, as surely as ourselves,
That sleep in honoured graves with epitaphs;
And this poor man, whom we have made victim
Hereafter will be counted as a martyr!

More details about the Salem Witch Trials can be found by links through the Salem Memorial web site at

The above items have been taken from 'The English Corys' and from articles published in the Cory Society Newsletter. If you would like to read the original fuller version, back copies can be ordered and also copies of the research papers.  Visit their web site for more information.