Jurat John Dumaresq

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From Payne's Armorial of Jersey:


On the south side of St Clement's Church is an altar-monument, surmounted by the family arms. It records the death of Jurat John Dumaresq and Esther Dumaresq, his wife, Lady of Samarès. This latter, with her sister Sarah, the wife of Helier De Carteret, were remarkable for their patriotism, in voluntarily resigning their joint seigneurial rights to the Mont de la Ville (upon which is erected Fort Regent), which is situated on a dependency of Samarès, in order that so commanding a site might be fortified for the protection of the town and harbour of St Helier. The idea, then suggested, was not carried out until many years afterwards.

In the interior of the same church is a slate tablet recording the extinction of one of the branches of this family, on which are inscribed the following quaint lines, which, from their pathos, deserve repetition here :—


Ici rposent les corps d'Helier

Dumaresq, Gentilhomme, qui

Décéda le 22 May 1716, et de

Demoiselle Esther Dumaresq sa fille,

Qui deceda le 17me Avril 1717


Ester Le Geyt sensiblement touchée de la mort de son

Fidèle epoux et de sa chere fille, leur a fait dresser

Cet epitaph pour estre un monument perpetuel de son souvenir.


J'etois encore inconsolable

Apres le trépas d'un mari

Que j'avois tendrement cheri

Lors que la mort inexorable

Mettant le comble à mes douleurs

Fit de nouveau couler mes pleurs,

Et m'enleva ma chère fille,

Tu le scais ó mon Dieu c'estoit

Hélas ! tous ce qui me restoit

D'une assez nombreuse famille.

Seule sans enfans, sans epoux

Qu'heureuse pour moy sera I'heure

Où je les pouray joindre en ta sainte demeure

Et gouter dans ton sein les plaisirs les plus doux.

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