Cast of characters

In Guernsey in 1825

Les natifs et les étrangers, being those who boasted ancient Guernsey heritage as well as more recent arrivals

Mme Lihou, hairdresser and perfumer in Smith Street, and landlady to Cecilia and her two daughters. Surely le contrôle du roi is mistaken in calling her a washerwoman!

Peter Lihou, son of Mme Lihou, a carpenter by trade.

Mme Berryman, Peter Lihou’s mother-in-law, resident at Mme Lihou’s.

Elisabeth Lihou, Mme Lihou’s unlovely daughter.

Jean de Jersey, merchant, scion of an ancient family, brother of le contrôle du roi , nephew of the Lieutenant-Bailiff, and, by his own account, ‘a man of unbounded wealth’. For more on the de Jersey family, see John Jacob, Annals of some of the British Norman Isles constituting the Bailiwick of Guernsey, Part II, printed by J. Smith, Paris, no date, pp 182-86.

Charles de Jersey, le contrôle du roi and later le procureur du roi, distinguished brother of Jean de Jersey.

Dr O’Brien, a kindly surgeon, who lives at the top of Smith Street.

Daniel De L’Isle Brock
Watercolour on ivory miniature by
Elizabeth Le Bas del Guernsey

Daniel De Lisle Brock (1762-1842), much admired Bailiff of Guernsey for over 20 years, and a staunch defender of Guernsey’s financial and legal independence from Britain. His image graced the Guernsey one-pound note, issued in 1991.

John Mellish, High Constable of St Peter Port.

John Ozanne, an attorney at law, who represents the Reverend Thomas Horne.

Mssrs Gallienne, Tow and Davies Touzeau, assistant constables in St Peter Port.

M. Carré, a young advocate of notable talent.

Lucy Mauger (pronounced Major), daughter of Nicholas Mauger, and friend of Clementina Horne.

Louis-Prudent de Campourcy, a French gentleman and teacher of the French language, unmarried and aged about 50, who has lived on the island some 16 years.

Catherine Knight, M. de Campourcy’s housekeeper, a devout Roman Catholic.

Colonel Lang, a resident of the debtor’s section in St Peter Port prison.

Jeremie Corbé, Jean de Jersey’s servant, a cobbler by trade.

Major Gustavus Hippisley, an adventurer and unhappy defendant before the Cour Royale.

Ann Ollivier, owner of cats and famous litigant before the Cour Royale.

Stephen Barbet and Mme Barbet, the gaoler at St Peter Port prison, and his wife.

The Reverend Mr Drury, a Church of England clergyman lately arrived from England.

M. and Mme Stewart, a landlord and his wife in Mansell Street.

Nicholas Mauger, proprietor of the Gazette de Guernesey.

John Brock, a widower with a young daughter, resident at Upland Cottage.


The English visitors

Cecilia Horne (1799-1830), second daughter of the renowned artist Johan Zoffany: ‘though pretty well in years, at the matronly side of forty, she still possesses strong marks of her former loveliness, and adds to them the attractions of an accomplished woman and dignified carriage.’ (Morning Chronicle, 12 Oct 1825).

The Reverend Thomas Horne (1772-1847), Cecilia’s husband, Rector of St Catherine Coleman Parish Church in Fenchurch Street, and Master of the Manor House School in Chiswick. Zoffany painted a revealing portrait of his father, the Reverend Dr Thomas Horne, which is reproduced in Mary Webster’s Johan Zoffany (2011).

Thomas Horne (the younger), in later life, c1860
Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Hobart

Clementina Horne (1808-1880), eldest daughter and second surviving child of Cecilia and Thomas, a youthful beauty, whose conduct towards her mother was ‘most exemplary’ (Morning Chronicle, 12 Oct 1825).

Laura Horne (1815-1888), third daughter and youngest surviving child of Cecilia and Thomas, a young lady in delicate health.

William Thomas Brande
Oil by Henry William Pickersgill, before 1830.
The Royal Institution, London

Thomas Horne (1800-1870), Cecilia and Thomas’s first-born, a student of law. In 1830 he emigrated with his family to Van Diemen’s Land, where he became a lawyer and politician (Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol 4).

William Brande (1788-1866), Fellow of the Royal Society, and friend and neighbour of the Reverend Thomas Horne. Brande succeeded Humphry Davy in 1813 as Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution, where he produced widely read textbooks on chemistry and pharmacy.