What's in Family Focus?
Nicolas Dobree and the heroes of Cobo
A variety of vicars Alderney ministers
On the death of a young lady, aged 17 Martha Le Lièvre
Major Byng Died in a duel, 1795
Edward Pope The governor of Anticosti
John Hotton Captured by Bretons and dropped in it by his mates
Memories of Peter Perchard: Lord Mayor of London
Peter Paul Dobrée: classicist
Acts of the Ecclesiastical Court: Lists of names of those involved in cases (17th century)
Scandal! Le Hardy vs Bonamy, 1697: a curious saga played out amongst the aristocracy.
Matthew Herivel wastes his time and money on a girl, 1685: he got her in the end, though.
Captain Robert John Le Mesurier McClure: Arctic explorer.
The Grange House sales: from Peter Mollet's Notebook, 1790/1.
Elizabeth Le Cocq of Alderney: a naughty girl.
Tom Sticks: Thomas Le Marchant.
La Manie des sobriquets: 18th century nicknames (not all of them nice).
Matthew De Saumarez: a pompous man, some say.
Thomas De Saumarez: his brother; he had 28 children, but "never more than 14 alive at one time".
Frederick Le Page as St Andrew: A Cobo fisherman's portrait in a Suffolk church.
The Will of Etienne Falla, 1667: Henry De Jersey breathes a sigh of relief.
Jean Falla's Commission, 1663: Lord Hatton makes an appointment.
The Musée Dobrée in Nantes: a link
Francoise Archenaux, Poisoner: She got away with murder (or nearly).
The Grange in 1826: A nice description of an elegant road, from a tourist guidebook.
La Haie du Puits: 18th-19th century gossip from the Lukis memoirs, transcribed by Edith Carey.
Julia de Lacy Mann: Principal of St Hilda's College, Oxford, and local historian who transcribed a fascinating collection of family letters from Guernsey held in the Priaulx Library.
The Wedding of Margaret Baynes and Gother Mann, 1845: a very entertaining and immediate letter describing this marriage, which took place at the Town Church. Written by Louisa Routh to her mother; Margaret Mann wrote letters from Trinidad, which have recently been published and can be consulted in the Library.
A Herm Tragedy: The Drowning of Walter St John, aged 13, August 1597: poignant evidence from an inquest. A trip to Herm led by the Governor, Sir Thomas Leighton, ends in the death of one of a group of 13-year old boys and his young tutor, who attempted to rescue him from the current. This type of evidence has been only rarely retained in Guernsey.
Walter St John: a background to his family and others mentioned in the text of the inquest into his death.
The Diary of Harriet Brock Pengelley (1809-1836): the tragic writings and paintings of a passionate and unhappy Guernsey girl in Canada, with watercolours of local scenes
Merchants and Traders of 1711: a list of taxpayers and their contributions
Naftel and Tranter miniatures: a link to some lovely portraits now in Australia
The Grand Bosq and the Royal Hotel: the Fautrart, Martin and Le Marchant families were all associated with the history of this lovely house on the Front, which became a hotel and is now sadly lost to us
The Battle of Algeciras: what Sarah Fyers saw from the breakfast-room window: an eye-witness account of the battle in 1801 in which bride-to-be Sarah's relative, Sir James Saumarez, played a decisive role
Jacques Le Batard: ear today and gone tomorrow - punishment in uncertain times
French Dirt is the Worst: Adam Clarke preaches in Guernsey
An Eternal Stranger: Harman Blennerhassett. A history of the Strangers' Cemetery and the curious life of one of its occupants
The Escape of Avicia Lernaise: a 14th-century mother sentenced to death is let off on a technicality. Notes from Edith Carey's scrapbooks II
Some Brock Family Miniatures: Notes from Edith Carey's scrapbooks I
The English Butcher and the Brewer: class warfare in Napoleonic Guernsey
The Heaumes of Guernsey County: frontiersmen in the Appalachians
The Métivier Family: the vicissitudes of the family of our "national poet"
The Harvey Family: diarists extraordinaires
Maria Rosetti: from St Peter Port to Romanian Revolution
Ralph Durand: author, adventurer, librarian
The Family of Major-General J. Gaspard Le Marchant: hero and reformer, one of the greatest Guernseymen
For the Brehaut and Avard families in Canada see Case Study