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It is impossible in this brief sketch to notice more than a few of those names which have added lustre to the Canterbury refugees, and which are included in this List.
Of these, that of Casaubon-D'Ombrain, whose ancestors escaped from France in an open boat in the XVI. century, and whose descendants are settled in Kent; Le Geyt(a family traced also to Jersey). Monsieur Miéville, for forty years pastor of the French Church; Peronnet, one of whose lineage was Vicar of Shoreham, in Kent, and a voluminous writer; Callaway, whose ancestors were connected with the silk weaving in 1799; Six, also associated with that industry; Delasaux, a name intimately known in Canterbury as having held civic offices; Petit also held similar positions; Decaufour a family much represented in the city and county; Jacques, whose ancettors were sheriffs of Kent; and Minet, a family who settled in East Kent.
Appended to the inscriptions are copious biographical notes from contemporary magazines, newspapers, or local history, of the following families:
From these dry particulars (and all genealogy, must I fear be dry), I may be allowed to offer some remarks and reflections on the subject in general.
When we think that these inscriptions now copied, represent but a tithe of the refugee names once in and around Canterbury, we become sensible of the value of collecting, even in small quantities, the records of the past.
While MSS. and documents are better preserved, the unavoidable obliteration by time of epitaphs and inscriptions on stone should cause them to have all the more care taken for their preservation or copying.
They thus stand in an intermediate light of affording the student or genealogist the certainty (as far as can be) of identifying names which may never be chronicled elsewhere, save in the pages of our journal.
My paper would be hardly complete, without allusion to the important Registers of the French Church at Canterbury, (some time ago deposited with others at Somerset House), as affording full information to the special enquirer.
In the first number of our Jourual, pp. 37-40, Mr. W. J. C. Moens (Member of Council) has ably summarized the contents of this, with other Registers of the dissolved foreign churches. Again, in the "Register Book of Canterbury Cathedral " carefully edited by Mr. R. Hovenden, we find among the christenings, marriages, and burials, from the years 15641878, many an important refugee family.
The civic records of Canterbury have also thrown light on our subject, by mentioning names and occupations of many who were engaged in the trades and early industries of the city, while great collateral help will be found in the examination of the Registers of the different parish churches.
There is also before us, the wider field of printed literature, and especially on Kent, may I commend to your notice, the topographical works of Hasted, Lambard, Somner, and Philips, the last in his "visitations of the county" will prove of great use to the genealogist. "Parson's Monuments and painted Glass of East Kent," 1794, as also Berry's "Pedigrees of Families in Kent," 1830, cannot pass unnoticed.
No corner of history or topography should be left untouched by the minute enquirer, and as our Society has given ready support towards bringing to light inscriptions from that English "city of refuge" Canterbury, so other localities of refugee interest will be searched and examined.
For though it be only a few lines on a decaying stone, some coat of arms disguised in stained glass, or some fragment of a pedigree, yet all these help to connect the great chain of history. In the results to be obtained from scant and often unlikely sources at first, I would quote the eloquent words of the late Dean Stanley who, in his "Memorials of Canterbury," referring to the view from St. Martin's Church said: "There is none, to which I would more willingly take anyone, who doubted whether a small beginning could lead to a great and lasting good-none which carries us more vividly back into the past, or more hopefully forward to the future."
In the discussion which followed upon Mr. Kershaw's paper the great value of inscriptions to those engaged in genealogical research was insisted on, as well as the importance of obtaining accurate copies of them, which would be preserved in printed books long after the churchyard inscriptions had become obliterated by time and weather. As the Registers of the Canterbury Churches would be copied by this Society as soon as those of Norwich were finished, it was announced that the inscriptions to which Mr. Kershaw's paper is an introduction, would be kept back for printing as an appendix to the Registers. A cordial vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Kershaw for his interesting paper.
Mr. E. E. Stride, Member of Council, gave a short discourse on Huguenot Bibliography, in which he described a considerable number of the books which are most important and useful to the student of Huguenot history.
The following is a list of the books he referred to, in the course of his remarks.
A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF SOME WORKS RELATING TO THE HUGUENOT REFUGEES, WHENCE THEY CAME, AND WHERE THEY SETTLED.
N.B.-The pressmarks at the end of the titles are those attached to the copies in the British Museum Library. The headings to the titles are generally those under which the books will be found in the Catalogue of the above-mentioned Library.
WEISS (Charles). Histoire des refugiés Protestants. 2 tom. Paris, 1852, 12°. (4632. c.) WEISS (Charles). History of the French Protestant Refugees. Translated by F. Hardman. Edinburgh, 1854. 8°. (2004.d.) SCHICKLER (Baron, F. de). Les Eglises du Refuge. (Extrait de "l'Encyclopédie des Sciences Religieuses.")
Privately printed. Paris, 1882. 8o. INVENTAIRES, Série T. T. Séquestres des biens et des papiers des religionnaires fugitifs. (At Paris, at the "Direction Générale des Archives Nationales.") MSS. FRANCE. PROTESTANTS. Les plaintes des Protestans, cruellement oprimez dans le royaume de France; [By Jean Londres, 1707. 12o. (3902. aa.)
CLAUDE (J.). A short account of the complaints and cruel persecutions of the Protestants in...... France. With a...... ...preface [in which are some names] and also an account [by John Bion] of the torments the French Protestants endure aboard the galleys. Third edition. [Translated from the French by Hilary Renau]. London, 1708. 8° (1115. a 32.) First edition of the above printed 1707. (4632. a.) See also,-FRANCE-GENERAL, BOULONNAIS, ORANGE, and PARIS.
GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND.
AGNEW (David C. A.).
Protestant Exiles from France in the reign of Louis XIV., or, The Huguenot Refugees and their descendants in Great Britain and Ireland. (With plates.) Edinburgh? 1866. 4° (10816. f.) Second Edition, corrected and enlarged, two volumes, and an Index Vol. with analyses, alphabetical table, and notes. London, 1871-84. 4° (1850. c.)
[A new edition of 50 copies, to be published by subscription, is now being printed.]
DE CRESPIGNY (Mrs. Philip Champion).
The Roll of the Huguenots settled in the United Kingdom. (With Key.) London, 1884. s. sh. fol. and 80. [1846. d. 1. (50.)] SMILES (Samuel). The Huguenots, their settlements, churches, and industries in England and Ireland. (First edition.) London, Edinburgh, 1867. 8°. (4630. d.)
[There are six editions of this work in the British Museum. of the 1868 editions, (published in New York), there is "An Appendix relating to the Huguenots in America."]
BURN (John Sothernden). The history of the French, Walloon,
la Reine aux pauvres Protestants François, Refugiez en
[In 1705-6 the places in France are given from which the recipients came, but from 1707-9, very few are given.]
The FRENCH PLOT found out against the English Church; or, a Manifesto upon the unequalness of the distribution of the £15,000 of the money of the Royal beneficence, given every year to the French Protestants. The sufferings of the Ecclesiastick Proselytes, from the French committee and its league [by Mich. Malard]; together with their petition......to the King and Parliament, against the said committee and its league, etc. London, 1718. 8°. 700. f. 9.
[On p. 43 are the names of the "Ecclesiastick Proselytes."] Les Malversations du Committé François, prouvées manifestement par de justes et solides remarques sur le Conte rendu par ce Committé l'an 1707, pour la distribution de l'année 1705. Mises en Anglois entre les mains de Monseigneur le grand Chancelier de la Grande Bretagne au mois de Novembre dernier ; et publiées maintenant dans nôtre langue, etc. [Some names.]
Londres, 1708. 8°. (701. b. 21.)
The case and humble petition of M. Malard, of the Church of Belleville, in Beaujolois, in France. To the......Committee newly established for the relief of the Proselytes. London, 1717. 8°. (109. f. 17.) [Some names.]
The Proselytish Hercules against the Mystery of iniquity; or a True Light into the plot of the French Committee and its league, against the Church of England. With an answer to Mr. Bion, Minister...... By Michael Malard, a French Minister, etc. London, 1720. 40. (700.1.8.)
[Names of the Ecclesiastical Proselytes, and a few others.] DUBOURDIEU (John Armand). An appeal to the English Nation; or, the body of the French Protestants, and the honest Proselytes, vindicated from the calumnies cast on them by one Malard and his associates......Also a postscript in answer to the Proselytish Hercules, with a fresh