De Sausmarez

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Origin of Surname

The surname of De Sausmarez can be traced back in Guernsey as far as the earliest surviving records. During the wars with France in the 18th Century, Admiral Lord James Saumarez anglicised the spelling of his surname from De Sausmarez to Saumarez, which has survived in this branch to this day. Whilst his family home was Saumarez Park in the Castel, his descendents moved to live in Shrubland Park, Suffolk. The St Martins branch of the family, still live in Guernsey’s only stately home, Sausmarez Manor.

The family of Saumarez or, as it was originally spelt, De Sausmares, is of Norman origin, and of great antiquity in the Island. The Seigniory or Lordship of Sausmares, in the parish of St Martin, appears by inquisitions made the 6th of Edward II anno 1313 and 4th of Edward III anno 1331, to have been held by Matthew de Sausmares, who was by the latter Monarch made hereditary captain or castellan of the Castle of Jerbourg, within the said Lordship. Berry, William, History of Guernsey, (1815)


Sausmarez Manor, St Martins

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Notable Islanders

  • Admiral Lord James Saumarez – contemporary of Nelson, led Royal Navy fleet to victory at the Battle of Algeçiras.

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Further Reading

  • De Sausmarez, Cecil, A Memory of Brigadier General Cecil de Sausmarez, RGS, 1966
  • De Sausmarez, H, Captain Philip Saumarez 1710-1747 and his Contemporaries, Trans Soc Guern, 1936
  • De Sausmarez, H, Les Seigneurs de Sausmarez et leurs Tenants, Trans Soc Guern, 1923
  • De Sausmarez, H, The Sausmarez Family in the Channel Islands before 1350, Trans Soc Guern, 1931
  • De Sausmarez, H, The Sausmarez Family in the Channel Isles, Trans Soc Guern, 1935
  • De Sausmarez, R, The Court House of Fief Sausmarez at St Martins, Guernsey, Trans Soc Guern, 1959
  • De Sausmarez, Rosemary, Saumarez Park, RGS, 1967
  • De Saumarez, R and Girard, PJ, James St Vincent Saumarez, Fourth Baron de Saumarez and his Estate in Guernsey, Trans Soc Guern, 1972
  • Jackson, F, Sausmarez Mill, Trans Soc Guern, 1962
  • Moullin, J, James Saumarez at the Battle of Sullivan Bay, RGS, 1985
  • Parkes, JW, The First Lord de Saumarez and his diplomatic work in the Baltic 1808-1813, Trans Soc Guern, 1922
  • Rolleston, W, Some Letters of Mrs Richard Sausmarez with notes, Trans Soc Guern, 1932
  • Saumarez, Marion, A Little Japan in Guernsey, RGS, 1967
  • Shayer, D, What path did the Crescent follow ? - Sir James Saumarez's Escape, June 8th 1794, Trans Soc Guern, 1997
  • Stevens-Cox, G, Henry de Saumarez, RGS, 2001
  • Toms, Carel, Pre-War Fort Saumarez, RGS, 1990
  • Tostevin, NR, The First Great Seal of Charles II at Sausmarez, Trans Soc Guern, 1992


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