The Warleggan family were a wealthy family from Cornwall.
The Warleggans were originally poor but built their way up to the higher classes by becoming industrialists and bankers. The aristocracy considered them an upstart, but they became increasingly powerful and wealthy. They were considered to be in the social class of landed gentry.
The earliest known members of the family are Luke Warleggan and his wife Bethia Kemp. They had two children, Nicholas, who was the first to live at Cardew, and Cary Warleggan. Nicholas married Mary Lashbook in the 1750s and they had one child, George Warleggan in 1759.
George was a well known and ruthless banker. He had a great rivalry with the Poldarks, and in 1793, he became the second husband of Elizabeth Poldark (née Chynoweth) and in doing so, elevated the Warleggan family to aristocracy through their children. They had two children, including Valentine (whose true paternity was in doubt).
|Luke Warleggan |
1715 - 1800
1715 - 1744
1735 - 1805
1764 - 1799
- Valentine Warleggan was the biological child of Ross Poldark, but people would be led to think that Valentine was George's biological son and he technically "adopted" him.