Lord Warden of the Stannaries

Lord Warden Of The Stannaries

Lord Warden of the Stannaries

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The Lord Warden of the Stannaries used to exercise judicial and military functions in Cornwall, United Kingdom, and is still the official who, upon the commission of the monarch or Duke of Cornwall for the time being, has the function of calling a Stannary Parliament of tinners. The last Stannary Parliament convened by a Lord Warden of the Stannaries sat in 1753.

The first Lord Warden of the Stannaries of Cornwall (and Devon) was William de Wrotham who was appointed during the reign of Richard I on 20 November 1197.

In theory, were the current Duke of Cornwall, Prince Charles, to appoint a Lord Warden of the Stannaries, a Stannary Parliament could be convened, which could veto United Kingdom legislation. This is because a Stannator's right to veto Westminster legislation has never been formally withdrawn. In 1977, the Plaid Cymru MP Dafydd Wigley in Parliament asked the Attorney General for England and Wales if he would provide the date upon which enactments of the Charter of Pardon of 1508 were rescinded. The reply, received on 14 May 1977, stated that the Stannators' right to veto Westminster legislation had never been formally withdrawn.

In 1997, the Liberal Democrat Andrew George MP attempted to raise a Duchy-related question, but he was prevented by an injunction that disallows MPs raising any questions in Parliament that are in any way related to the Duchy.

Even today, the Duchy charters, which turned all of Cornwall into a Duchy, are still law, and it is still common for...
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