Edgar MacCulloch

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Sir Edgar MacCulloch (1808-1896)

Sir Edgar MacCulloch (1808-1896) was Bailiff of Guernsey, and expert of Guernsey Folklore and one of the founders of La Société Guernesiaise.

MacCulloch was born in Guernsey in 1808. He was educated at La Plaiderie, St Peter Port and an academy in Brussels.

Public Works

He was actively involved in a number of the major Victorian building projects, including the of St Barnabas Church and St Stephens Church. He was on the committee responsible for the construction of Victoria Tower in 1848, and was States Supervisor when the foundation stone of the new St Peter Port harbour was laid.


He was elected Jurat in 1844. In 1869, he became Lieut-Bailiff, and in 1884 was appointed Bailiff. He was knighted in 1886, and retired due to ill-health in 1895.

In 1873 he persuaded the States to buy the near-derelict Chapel of St Appoline in St Saviours - the first ancient monument to be acquired by the States of Guernsey.

In 1886, he persuaded the States to vote £200, which together with private contributions, funded the Model Yacht Pond on the Castle Emplacement.


He was fascinated with old traditions, beliefs, customs and supersitions of the island, and he wrote down to form the basis for the book, Guernsey Folk Lore, which was edited and published by Edith Carey after his death in 1903.


He served as Gunner in the Royal Guernsey Militia Artillery.

La Société Guernesiaise

In 1850, he was elected President of the Mechanics' Institution, a forerunner of La Société Guernesiaise.


He was featured on a stamp in the 1982 set commemorating the centenary of La Société Guernesiaise.

There is a plaque on his residence in Pollet, St Peter Port.

His coat of arms features on the Bailiff's pew in the Town Church, St Peter Port.

Bailiffs of Guernsey
Predecessor Successor
John de Havilland

Sir Edgar MacCulloch
Sir Thomas Godfrey


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