What's in Family Focus?
Old names of places in the Town Extracts from the St Peter Port Livre de Perchage 1573, in 5 parts.
Proceedings of Consistory of St Martin's, 1627-1655 Names extracted.
Captain Evan Evans Highwayman
Gagnepain The 'Breadwinner' family
Nicolas Lenfestey des Brehauts Methodist preacher
Les Quartiers Ancient house and family (now Quertier)
Lords of Manors List of Guernsey fiefs and seigneurs
The trial of George Barrington Notorious pickpocket unlucky with Havilland Le Mesurier.
Rental of André Monamy And partage of Denis Le Marchant, 1393.
Lainé's warehouse in Berthelot Street From Dr Hoskin's MSS; La Maison Briard.
Mariage encombré Legal protection for married women.
The will of Marie de Rozel, 1669; The will of Thomas Le Pelley, 1643.
Old Guernsey: Origin of Contrée Mansell The Mansell family.
Thomas Kennedy Sir John Doyle's big pal.
Les Olliviers du Coin des Ecailles Alderney folk, from publicans to Methodists.
The Seigneur de Domecq Story of St Martin's.
William Dobrée, bankrupt, 1754 His bank fails spectacularly.
J H Ingrouille Prominent Oddfellow.
Lost things: Alexander's Hotel Once the place to go of a Sunday.
H I Marquand Carpenters.
James Ollivier, 1836 Rascal.
The Yellow Dress, 1836 Prison authorities cross the line.
Thomas Fiott De Havilland, builder of Havilland Hall Architect of Madras.
René Le Porc de la Porte de Vezins, 1590 Curious tale with a Guernsey connection—possibly.
Proper names from the Livre de Jugements Extracts.
John Ingrouille, hangman All about execution.
The Doyle Cup Masonic trophy.
Nicolas Dobrée and the heroes of Cobo Tragedy of 1808.
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.
The duel between Thomas Andros and Kenneth Beauvais, 1780 Fights over girls.
Osmond Priaulx Our benefactor.
Edward Pope The governor of Anticosti.
Muskets, 1744 Distribution to militia.
Isaac Brock: letters after his death, 1813 Differing views of Isaac.
The Fund for the Relief of Guernsey Prisoners in France, 1806 Was one of your relatives imprisoned?
John Hotton Sarkee captured by Bretons and dropped in it by his mates.
Dobrée, Le Mesurier, Perchard Only the Le Mesuriers remain on Guernsey.
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 Wouldn't do as she was told.
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".
Des Caudeville and Heirs of Poulson v. Boyrenson, 1854 Complicated case.
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. Rrom 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