Edouard Dauvergne

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From A Biographical Dictionary of Jersey, by George Balleine

Edouard Dauvergne (1665-1737) was a military historian and Domestic Chaplain to the King.

Early years

The third son of Philippe Dauvergne, Constable of St Ouen, and Madeline Le Maistre, he was born in 1665 and baptized in St Ouen's Church.

He entered Pembroke College, Oxford, as one of the first Morley scholars in September 1678 and gained his BA in 1683 and MA in 1686. In 1691 he went to Flanders as Chaplain, first to the Earl of Bath's Regiment (the Lincolns), then to the Scots Guards, and there he apparently remained until the peace of 1697.

Campaign history

For seven years in succession (1692-1698) he published an annual volume giving a full and accurate History of the Campaign in Flanders for that year. These books are still the chief authority for this period of the war. In 1693 he had been appointed Rector of St Brelade, but it is doubtful whether he ever visited his parish. He certainly never attended any meeting of the States.

In 1699 he became Domestic Chaplain to William III, and returned with the King to Holland. His position at Court sometimes enabled him to help the island. In 1700 he and his fellow-chaplain Philippe Falle wrote to the Governor that certain Jerseymen who were slaves in Morocco could be redeemed. A special meeting of the States placed 415 livres at their disposal for this purpose.

In 1701 he was inducted Rector of Great Hallingbury, Essex, without resigning St Brelade, but in 1706 the Jersey Ecclesiastical Court deprived him of the latter living on the ground that he had been more than ten years absent from the island. From 1713 to 1727 he was again Chaplain of the Scots' Guards.

In 1728 he hoped to be made Dean. Lord Newcastle wrote to Lord Cobham:

"Mr. Dauvergne, who was Chaplain to ye late King William, and has formerly obtained of his present Majesty before his coming to ye Crown a promise of his Majesty's favour, when an opportunity should offer, has been strongly recommended to his Majesty for this Deanery"

But he was disappointed. He died at Great Hallingbury on 2 December 1737. In 1704 he married Susanne Sabenone in Westminster Abbey. He had one son, Philip.

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