Philippe Langlois

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Philippe Langlois

Philippe Langlois 1817-1884 writer in Jèrriais

Philippe Langlois came from an old family of St Lawrence in Jersey. He studied in Caen and Paris and qualified in medicine in Dublin, where he was admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons. A scholar and scientist, he was also Deputy of St Lawrence, Jurat of the Royal Court (elected 27 June 1876) and Major and medical officer in the Royal Jersey Militia.

As president of La Société Jersiaise, Langlois collaborated on the beginnings of the Glossaire du Patois Jersiais with his colleague Augustus Asplet Le Gros. Langlois was a prolific poet. Each of his published poems corresponds to perhaps two left in manuscript, in French and in English.

His best known and best written pieces in Jerriais are in Lé Vièr Temps and Lé Jèrriais. He wrote under the pen names "Un Luorenchais" and "P L".

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