Le Quesne

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Walter Le Quesne in 1917 in the Royal Flying Corps

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Origin of Surname

From the old French for 'oak', the original Le Quesne probably lived by an oak tree.

Early records

The surname Quesnel is found in the Extente of 1331 and Le Quesne in that of 1528. Two Le Quesnes, Jean and Thomasse, are found in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550.

Walter Le Quesne's history of The Le Quesnes of Jersey shows Clement Le Quesne (1440- ) as the earliest ancestor. Gautier Le Quen is shown as a Jurat of the Royal Court in 1318.

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

The old Norman family, or rather families, of Caineto, Kaiueto, or Quesneto, have existed from a very early period both in England and Jersey. Raoul de Kaineto was at Hastings with the Conqueror, and his grandson, William, is said to have made prisoner King Stephen, at Lincoln. From this source spring the various English houses of Chesney, Kaines, and others of less note.

A fief, named after this family, existed in Normandy in the time of Philip-Augustus, for in the roll of his fiefs it appears that "Domina de Quesneto tenet Quesnetum per servicium unius militis."

Sir Edmund de Chesney was Governor of the Channel Islands in 1366, where his family flourished for some generations.

The Jersey house of Le Quesne had settled in the island, and had attained social importance there, long prior to this date, for, in 1318, at the Pleas held at St Helier on the Tuesday after the feast of St Denis, Gautier Le Quen appears as one of the Jurats of the Royal Court, and in the Extente of 1331, Colin Le Quesne is recorded as one of the Surveyors of the King's Dues in the parish of St John, at that time styled St John de Caisnibus.

At the period of the Rebellion, John Le Quesne, of the parish of St John, suffered for his loyalty by paying the impost levied on the Royalists by the Republicans, as appears by an instrument dated 26 November 1655, and signed by Colonel Robert Gibbon, Governor, and Michael Lemprière, Bailly, of Jersey, under the Protector.

Several members of the family settled in London during the last century. The burial of Mrs Elizabeth Le Quesne occurs in the Registers of the parish of St Benet Fink. In 1739 Sir John Le Quesne, was an Alderman of London, and in the Registers of St Peter le Poor, is noted his marriage, by the Bishop of Norwich, with Miss Mary Knight, of Hampshire, a lady with a dowry of twenty thousand pounds. He died in 1741.

In the latter Registers are also noted the deaths of David Le Quesne, in 1753, and of Mrs Susanna Le Quesne, in 1760.

The eldest branch of the family is represented by John Le Quesne, of Mont à I'Abbé, and a second by Nicholas Le Quesne, [[Jurat] of the Royal Court, of Rouge Bouillon. To a younger branch belonged the late Nicholas Le Quesne, Jurat of the Royal Court, who died in 1847. The late Charles Le Quesne, Jurat of the Royal Court, and President of the Chamber of Commerce, was his eldest son. He was the author of "A Constitutional History of Jersey," and other works connected with the island, and was an active and intelligent member of the States of Jersey.


As borne by Nicholas Le Quesne: Argent, a lion, passant, gules, a crescent for difference

Impaling : Argent, a lion, passant, gules, a mullet for difference, for Le Quesne.

As borne by Giffard-Nicholas Le Quesne: Argent, a lion, passant, gules, a mullet for difference.

Impaling : Per fesse, or and sable, a pale counterchanged; in chief an ermine-spot of the first, between two trefoils, slipped, of the second ; in base a like trefoil between two like ermine-spots, a crescent for difference, for Simeon.

Motto : Suis ducibus ubique fidelis


  • Caineto
  • Kaiueto
  • Quesneto
  • La Quenesse
  • Le Quen
  • Quesnel, similar derivation but almost certainly a separate family in Jersey

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Le Quesne and Co wine merchants, next to the Mechanics Institute in Halkett Place

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