February 1809-1810

From the Gazette de L'Isle de Guernesey 1809 and 1810.

Pigeons are a nuisance; Robert Jago Fund (the Sandwich); rabid dog; shingle stealing (Braye du Valle); potatoes and horses for sale; French POW craftwork for sale; Lenfestey, Girard, Hallouvris, defamation; Pallot, Blondel, Le Page, Le Mesurier, defamation.

Gazette de L'Isle de Guernesey 21 January 1809


Forbidding anyone soever from keeping pigeons loose, in the Town and Suburbs.

In the Chief Pleas of 7 April 1766, before Daniel de Lisle, Esq., Lieutenant-Bailiff. Since the Law Officers have complained to the Court, that some Town dwellers keep a number of Pigeons, which they allow to fly at liberty and which loosen and dirty the roofs of houses, and in this way contaminate the water in the Cisterns, greatly compromising public safety, the said Court, considering the said complaint, and having taken into account the opinion of the Crown Officers, has forbidden anyone soever from keeping pigeons loose within the Town and its Suburbs, upon pain of a £3 tournois fine for each Pigeon, being payable by the owners of the said Pigeons, one quarter to go to the King, one quarter to the Poor of the aforementioned Parish and one half to the Informer.


For the Reliefs of the Widow and Four small children of Robert Jago, who was killed on board the SANDWICH, in an engagement with a French lugger.

Owners of the Sandwich£20.0.0Lieut. Woodman£0.10.0
Rear Admiral the Prince du Bouillon£5.5.0J. Le Mottée£0.10.0
J. Mauger£1.1.0B. Dobrée£0.10.0
H. Neal£1.1.0The Dean£0.10.6
L. Mansse£1.1.0T. Priaulx£0.10.0
C. D’Auvergne£0.10.6J. Tupper£1.0.0
Wm. Forster£0.10.0---£0.5.0
F. Price£0.10.6W. Pyke£1.0.0
J. Bonamy£0.10.0John Dale£1.0.0
Hilary Carré£0.10.6Thomas Bullen£1.0.0
John Allaire£1.1.0R. Giffard & Co.£2.0.0
J.C.£0.10.0John Harvey£0.10.0

And in the Gazette of 4 February 1809:

Amount of Subscriptions advertised£60.5.0J. Hammond£1.0.0
Capt. Sykes, HM Ship Diomede£1.0.0Thomas Carey£0.10.0
Hon. Capt. Powlett, HM ship Quebec£1.0.0J & E Allen£0.10.6
Wm. Bailey£1.0.0

Subscriptions continue to be received at both Banks, and by A. and R.W. Isemonger, agents for the Sandwich Lugger.


26th January 1809, before Eléazar Le Marchant, Esq., L-B., present Jean Carey, Pierre de Havilland, Jean Tupper, Daniel de Lisle Brock, Jean La Serre, Henry Frédéric Brock, & Pierre Le Pelley, Esq.s, Jurats. At an extraordinary meeting of the Court today, acting upon information that a Dog suspected of being rabid may have bitten several other Dogs, and that the most dreadful and terrible outcomes might be expected should any of these dogs be at liberty, the COURT, after having considered the opinion of the Crown Officers, ordered and decrees that anyone keeping a Dog, whether in Town or in the Country, should either put them down or keep them shut up or on a lead until February 26 next, on pain of a Fine of £10 Tournois, for each Dog found loose on the roads or pathways of this island; the said fine payable one quarter to the King, one quarter to the poor of the Parish in which the Dog was found, and half to the informer. And the Constables of the island are ordered to put down or have put down any Dog they find loose whether in the Town or in the Country until 26 February next. And it is also permitted in the same way for anyone to kill any Dog they may find loose on the streets and pathways of this island, up until that date. And this order is to be posted up in the usual places, and publicly proclaimed in the Market Place and at the end of all sermons in the Parishes of this island, so that no-one may claim ignorance. [Rabies]

H.E. DE st DALMAS, Deputy Greffier.

NOTE: See on this subject, Channel Islands Family History Journal 124 (VIII) Oct. 2009, pp. 444-5: Death of Marg. Rouland from rabies, Jersey, 1848

Gazette de L'Isle de Guernesey 4 February 1809


By the Honourable Lieut-General SIR JOHN DOYLE, Baronet & K.C. Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, and Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty’s Forces in the Islands of Guernsey and Alderney, &c., &c.

WHEREAS several persons have been found taking away Shingle, Gravel, and Sand, from the Shore near the Embankments at the Braye du Valle, not only against the established Laws of the Island, but also tending to endanger the Works:- Notice is hereby given that whosoever shall be found carrying away any part of the Braye, or near the Embankments, will be prosecuted to the utmost rigour of the Law. And whereas information has been received that a number of stray Cattle are grazed upon the Braye, not only to the injury of the grass there, but also to the annoyance of the neighbouring Inhabitants, by trespassing on their grounds: Notice is also given, that Cattle so found will be empounded, and damages recovered for the improvement of the Public-Roads.

For sale

Jean Le Lacheur has Sark early potatoes for sale, ready to eat or plant, at his house in the Contree-Croix. [In French: Jean Le Lacheur fait savoir, qu’il a des patates tempreune, de Serck, a vendre, propres pour manger, ou planter, à sa maison à la Contrée-Croix.]

'Les pommes de terre de l'espèce précoce sont à Guernesey temprunes et à Jersey heurives.' [Early potatoes are known as temprunes in Guernsey and heurives in Jersey.—Victor Hugo, L'Archipel de la Manche, 1883.]

Just arrived, a quantity of exceeding good fresh oats, at 21 sh. per sack of 4 Winchester bushels. Enquire of William Cook, at his stores, late French Prison, who has for sale, his mare Cornish Nancy, well known on the Turf. Likewise an exceeding good horse and chaise with harness compleat, and a good saddle mare. NB The above Horses have been kept these 5 months on hard meat, and are in excellent condition.

LOST On or about the 15th October 1808, on the road from St Sampson’s Harbour to Town, a Check-Book (Livre de Comptes), a memorandum do. And about a dozen sheets paper, [at]tached together, in a form of a book; with Lieut.-General Sir John Doyle’s directions [address]; and sundry memorandums within. Whoever will give information respecting the same, at the Printing-Office, will receive a handsome reward.

Gazette de l'Isle de Guernesey 18 February 1809


Under the Sanction of the Royal Court.

A variety of Beautiful Toys, wrought in bones or straw, the property of prisoners of war; is now offered to the Public, through the medium of a Lottery; the capital prizes of which consist of 1° an admirable piece of Mechanism, representing a spacious House, with thirty-five figures, all in motion, and busily employed in their respective and different occupations.—2° a beautiful Ship built after the model of the 'Sans Pareil' carrying 90 brass guns.—3° an elegant Toilet, surmounted with an ornamental Watch-Recess, and, between both, two neatly carved Ships in a glass frame.—4° three other beautiful Watch-Recesses.-5° a handsome Toilet and Mirror. 6° eleven beautiful Toilets wrought in Straw, imitating the richest silk Embroidery,- Besides which, there are forty prizes, each exceeding the value of a Ticket.—The Lottery as so contrived as to admit of no blanks, the number of prizes being 334, being equal to the number of Tickets, and the least prize being worth 4 shillings,—The invoice price of all these articles is £166.—Price of each Ticket, ten shillings.—Tickets to be had of J.A.Chevalier, fountain-street, where these curious pieces of workmanship may be seen.

and Gazette de L'Isle de Guernesey 10th February 1810

J.A. Chevalier has four superb Ships, of differing sizes, and two boxes made from Bone, decorated with superior quality engraving, and lockable: these are made by prisoners-of-war.

Gazette de L'Isle de Guernesey 25 February 1809

18 February 1809, before the Lieut. Baillif

Mr. Abraham Lenfestey and his wife Anne Girard are judged liable to recompense Anne Hallouvris, daughter of Pierre Hallouvris, for the expenses she has incurred in defending herself against the crime of the aforementioned pair in the matter of the slander and wrongs done to her by the abovementioned Girard on Saturday 11th February 1809 or thereabouts, after which the said Girard voluntarily acknowledged the said Hallouvris to be an honest woman, and admitted that she had been mistaken in attacking her, and apologised for what she has done.[From the French.]

H. EMERIC DE St. DALMAS, Deputy Greffier.

Gazette de l'Isle de Guernesey 3rd February 1810

Charles Sauvarin gives notice that he has ground fit for building upon, with stones on the spot, to be given to rent, or let for a number of years.—Apply to the above, at his house, at the sign of the Two Frigates, at the Bouët.

A new House, known by the sign if the HIGHLAND-MAN, situated near the lower barracks of De Lancey, is to be sold by private contract. For further particulars aply to Thomas MacPharson, on the premises.

To be sold by private contract the public-house known by the sign of the PLOUGH, situated near De Lancey barracks. For further particulars apply to the proprietor on the premises.1

24th February 1810

On Thurday 1st March next, at 11 o'clock, on the premises, Mr James Arnold, will let to he highest bidder for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 years, that well-known and accustomed house, situated near the Play-house, ['bordant sur la rue Margueritte, proche la Chapelle Bethel'] opposite the New Prison, belonging to the estate of the late Bartholemew Gilbert, and lately occupied by Mr James Macey, sign of the Horse and Jockey.

To be let for Easter next, the Sunderland-Bridge, Coffee-House [Auberge], [située a la Grand'rue] at present occupied by Mrs Pitt: For particulars apply to Mr Daniel Naftel.

Charles Sauvarin gives notice, that he has ground fit for building upon, with stones on the spot, to be given to rent [i.e. sold], or let for a term of years. Apply to the above at his house, at the sign of the Two Frigates, at the Bouët.

To be let immediately, part of the College-House, lately occupied by Major Donahoe: For particulars apply to Mrs Ann Le Mesurier, Ann's Place.

Gazette de l'Isle de Guernesey 10 February 1810


Last Sunday Jeanne de Louche, wife of Ph. Le Sueur, of St. Lawrence, left her house around five o’clock to visit one of her neighbours, and about half-an-hour later was found in the road a few perches from her house lying on the gound and covered in blood; she was taken home unconscious, her clothes torn, in the most terrible state, & upon examination it was discovered that she had been dealt a severe blow to the back of the skull and another above her cheek, with some kind of bladed instrument; this poor woman, aged sixty or so, died on Wednesday morning of her wounds, without having regained any consciousness at all since she was found, & leaving behind a husband and several children to whom this fatal blow can but have caused inexpressible pain. On Thursday an inquest took place and the results of this reportedly show her to have died as a result of wounds inflicted by persons as yet unkown. It is very much to be hoped that the perpetrators of this awful crime will soon be discovered.

Gazette de l'Isle de Guernesey 24 February 1810

Since a rumour has been spread around that I defamed the character of Marie Pallot, I declare that I have never said anything of the sort about her and that I have always known her to be and acknowledge her to be a perfectly honest woman. N. BLONDEL

As it appears that people have been spreading a malicious rumour that I said things detrimental to the character of Marie Le Page, wife of Mr. Etienne Lihou, I declare that I did no such thing, and that I know her to be an honest woman. RACHEL LE MESURIER.

1 Sir John Doyle to Brigadier-General Fraser, 15 July 1807: '... I am aware that there are in the neighbourhood of De Lancey Barracks a number of Gin Shops, and that spirits are very cheap, and I know also that it is a great disadvantage to the discipline of the regiments there that there are no walls round the barracks...'. From 'Records of the 1/87th and 2/87th in Guernsey,' Faugh-a-Ballagh (Regimental Gazette Royal Irish Fusiliers), July, 1939, pp. 123 ff.