Jerseymen in important roles in Southampton 1409-1876

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Jerseymen in important roles in Southampton 1409-1876


Southampton in 1850

Translation from the French by Mike Bisson of an article by the Rev J A Messervy published in the 1900 Annual Bulletin of La Société Jersiaise

There have been active relations between Southampton and the Channel Islands since a distant time. These relations became stronger from 1515, the date when the port of Southampton took over almost all the trade with the islands, which had been handled before solely by Poole. England supplied, from the 16th century, through Southampton, the great quantities of wool which Jersey and Guernsey knitters turned into stockings, which they exported in turn to different countries.

In 1587 the islands' merchants demanded the right to display their merchandise on certain days of the week in the halles of Hamptonne. And on 3 November 1607 the Rolls of the States show that the question arose of the ancient liberties and allowances which the island of Jersey enjoyed in trade with Southampton.

These trade relations brought about a relationship of esteem and friendship which manifested itself in many touching ways. Thus, in 1604, when the plague raged in Southampton, a collection was made in Jersey, by Order of the Royal Court, to come to the aid of the poor of the town, cruelly stricken by the curse.

We also note that the Channel Islands contributed to the maintenance of the French Reformed Church at Southampton, which is maintained to this day. In 1720, 50 island merchants undertook to pay a "penny per tod" of wool imported, to support the costs of the ministry of this Church.

We give here the names of several Jersey people included in the list of people who have occupied civil or religious functions in Southampton. The list appears in the History of Southampton of the Rev J Silvester Davies, published in 1883.


  • 1409 - John Beneyt
  • 1415 - John Renaud
  • 1484 - Vincent Tehy. Well known as one of the founders, in 1497, of the schools of St Mannelier and St Anastase. His family left its name to Maison de la Motte, or the manor of St Helier which belonged in 1600 to Jurat Nicolas Lempriere, and passed on his death to Thomas de Soulemont
  • 1488-90 - Thomas Overay. Governor of Jersey 1497-1499
  • 1514 - John Favour. Called otherwise Le Fawer, he was no other than Jean Le Febvre, of Jersey - descended from the Le Febvre Seigneurs of Vinchelez in the 15th century. He initiated an action against Richard de Carteret, of Vinchelez de Haut, before 1529, concerning this fief. Jean Le Feuvre, of Hamptonne, died about 1537. Jacques Le Feuvre, of England, is mentioned as his principal heir, 1537-8.
  • 1524 and 1533 - John Perchard. Probably belonged to the Jersey family of this name, of which a branch, originating in St Saviour, settled in Guernsey about 1568.
  • 1630 and 1642 - Peter Seale. Merchant at Southampton from 1626. Younger son of Germain Seale, or Scelle, of St Brelade and uncle of Thomas Seale, Jurat 1644-46. He died in 1654 and left, by his will dated 12 April of that year, £100 sterling "for the apprenticing of small children". He also gave a considerable bequest to the French Church in Southampton.
  • Peter Seale - sone of the former? Gave £5 sterling rente for the apprenticeship of two poor children for seven or eight years
  • 1658 - Nicholas Clement. Belonged possibly to the Clement family of St Brelade
  • 1682 and 1697 - Elias de Gruchy. The second son of Gilles de Gruchy, Constable of St Lawrence, 1637-43, and Marie Romeril, daughter of Martin, Constable of Trinity 1597-1628. Gilles de Gruchy was the younger son of Noel de Gruchy of Trinity; in 1639 he occupied the former home of Abraham Hamptonne at St Lawrence. The Mayor of Southampton was the brother of Martin de Gruchy, Centenier of St Lawrence 1664-68; he married Rachel de Carteret, daughter of the Seigneur of Trinity, and was father of Martin de Gruchy, Notary Public in Jersey in 1703, and in London in 1704-18, whose disputes with the Royal Court in 1705 are well known. Elie de Gruchy was one of the elders of the French Church in Southampton. He left three daughters who married John Fosset, William Joliffe and Thomas Bernard.
  • 1705 - Aaron de Veulle. Merchant in Southampton from 1687, and one of the elders of the French Church in 1702. He belonged to the same family as his namesake, Aaron de Veulle, Constable of St Clement, 1786-1804, grandfather of Sir Jean de Veulle, Bailiff
  • 1725 - Francis Cabot. See list of sheriffs
  • 1767 and 1779 - Thomas Guillaume who was, in 1785, one of the Justices of the Peace for Southampton
  • 1778 and 1789 - Clement Hilgrove. See list of sheriffs
  • 1790, 1798 and 1804 - Thomas Durell. Probably the elder son of Thomas Durell, Viscount of Jersey 1743-85. Elder of French Church of Southampton, 1802
  • 1795 - General James d'Auvergne. Probably the son of Charles d'Auvergne of St Helier, and uncle of Admiral Philippe Dauvergne, Duc de Bouillon. The general was, in 1788, one of the "Burgesses in the Corporation", along with two other Jerseymen, Philippe Dumaresq and Noe Le Cras.
  • 1807 and 1813 John Rowcliffe
  • 1825 - Samuel Le Feuvre. Elder of French Church, 1814. Younger son of Philippe Le Feuvre, of St Brelade, Captain of the St Ouen Militia regiment, 1785, who settled in Southampton in 1786. Descended from a branch of the Le Feuvre who lived in St Martin, we believe, and moved to St Brelade through the marriage of Philippe Le Feuvre to Anne Queripel
  • 1829 - Philip-Carteret Fall. Son of Clement Falle and nephew of Lieut-Governor Philippe Falle, or fall, of whom he was the sole heir in 1812
  • 1834-35 and 1846 - William James Le Feuvre, brother of Samuel Le Feuvre mentioned above. Died in 1867


  • 1474 - Vincent Tehy. See list of mayors
  • 1485 - William Perchard See list of mayors
  • 1487 - Thomas Overay See list of mayors
  • 1495 - William Justise. Perhaps the same as Guillaume Jutize, of Grouville, who settled in Reading, and whose daughter married John Waet (alias Yeats) before 1550
  • 1508 - John Favour See list of mayors
  • 1512 - John Perchard See list of mayors
  • 1530 and 1537 - Edward Markant. It is easy to recognise under this name Edouard Le Marquand (son of Guillaume, son of Raulin, Attorney-General of Jersey 1507-1519) who the Rolls of the Royal Court say was living at Hamptonne.
  • 1576 - John Favour See list of mayors
  • 1581 - Peter Janverin. Also known as Pierre Janvrin, the belonged to the Valpy dit Janvrin family of St Brelade, and married Marie, daughter of Edouard Le Marquand, or Markantm whose name is shown above. Pierre Janvrin is also mentioned in an Act of the States of 8 Septemer 1596.
  • 1609 - William Marrinell. No other, probably, than William Le Marinel, of St John, Procureur du Bien Public of this parish in 1612. He died before 1621. His principal heir was Simeon Esnouf, of St John, his nephew, who was appointed Jurat by Cromwell in 1654.
  • 1628 - Peter Seale See list of mayors
  • 1656 - Nicholas Clement See list of mayors
  • 1677 - Elias de Gruchy See list of mayors
  • 1696 - Aaron de VeulleSee list of mayors
  • 1716 - Francis Cabot. Son of Francois Cabot, of Jersey (son of Jean, son of Nicolas, of Trinity) and Suzenne Gruchy, who bequeathed 12 cabots of wheat rente to the poor of St Helier and Trinity. Francois Cabot, Sheriff of Southampton, is an ancestor of the branch of the Cabot family which settled in the United States
  • 1733 - Francis Cabot, son of the above
  • 1755-57 - Thomas Guillaume. The Guillaume family had numerous branches in Jersey, in the parishes of St Peter, St Mary, St Brelade, St Helier, St Saviour etc. Jean Guillaume, son of Jean, of Hamptonne, is mentioned in the Extraordinary Rolls of the Court in 1760. In 1787 the Prevot of St Mary announced that Aaron Guillaume had died at Southampton, without direct heirs. Mr Guillaume was one of the elders of the French Church in Southampton in 1702. In 1754 he was one of the executors of the will of Pierre Seale, Mayor of Southampton
  • 1767 - William Seward. In 1761 he was associated with Philippe Marett (who died about 1760) at Portsea. He married Jeanne Queripel, and died in 1790. The Seward family settled in Jersey at the end of the 17th century. William Seward was one of the elders of the French Church of Southampton in 1761.
  • 1769, 1782 and 1785 - Clement Hilgrove. He belonged to a family which moved to Jersey about 1650 and gave the island several Constables of St Helier, and a Jurat. Thomas Hilgrove, son of Charles Hilgrove, and probably uncle of Clement, was a merchant in Southampton in 1708. He and his wife, Rachel Lempriere, lost their lives at sea en route from Jersey to England. They died without children. Charles Hilgrove jnr was the principal heir of Thomas, his brother.
  • 1787 - Thomas Durell See list of mayors
  • 1792 - General James d'Auvergne See list of mayors
  • 1800 - Philip Seward. Merchant at Southampton married in 1789 to Jeanne Combes, of St Helier. Philip Seward and Thomas Pipon (elder son of Lieut-Bailiff Thomas Pipon, of La Moie, were associated in Southampton until 1802. Philippe Seward was, in 1786, one of the elders of the French Church.
  • 1804 - John Rowcliffe
  • 1813 - Thomas Vavaseur Durell. Elder son of Thomas Durell, Mayor of Southampton, 1790
  • 1818 - Samuel Le Feuvre See list of mayors
  • 1823 - Philip-Carteret Fall See list of mayors
  • 1828 - William Le Feuvre See list of mayors
  • 1876 - John Emilius Le Feuvre. Younger son of William James Le Feuvre, Mayor, see above

Ministers of French Church

  • 1660 - Jean de la Place. Probably from the family of this name which gave the island a great number of Rectors. He died in March 1664
  • 1719-23 - Pierre Le Neveu de St Denis. Married in 1718 to Jeanne Le Dain, widow of Moise Corbet, former Lieut-Governor of Jersey
  • 1797-1802 - Edouard Dupré, Dean of Jersey, 1802-23. Did not live in Southampton, where he was replaced by his brother, the Rev Michel Dupré, who was rector of St John in Jersey 1809-1818, and apparently military chaplain
  • 1802-1823 - George Le Feuvre
  • 1824-1853 - Frederick Vincent. He was Rector of St Lawrence in Jersey. He died in 1853 and the age of 65.

We remember, finally, that it was probably Jerseyman Richard Estur, or Etuer, citizen of Southampton, former Churchwarden of the town's church, who in 1587 donated the municipal seal.

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