Le Vesconte

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Philip Edward Le Vesconte (1895-1938) and Mabel, nee Le Cornu (1905-1994), of La Carriere, Grouville


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Unveiling in 1910 of the Le Vesconte Monument in Trinity, in honour of Philippe Le Vesconte (1837-1909) (Family tree), who was elected as Constable eight times between 1868 and 1877 and again in 1890 to 1909.

Origin of Surname

Le Vesconte is a corruption of Vicomte, meaning Viscount

Early records

The name first appears in the Assize Roll of 1309 and two Johans and Pierres are listed in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550

Variants

  • Le Vesconte, 1668
  • Le Viscount 1607
  • Le Vicon
  • Viscounte 1309
  • Vesconte
  • Le Viconte 1299

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  • La famille Le Vesconte, the story of Henry Thomas Dundas Le Vesconte and the Franklin Expedition to the North-West Passage


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Le Vesconte Monument

The monument pictured at the top of the page was unveiled in honour of Philippe Le Vesconte on 28 June 1910 by the Bailiff, Sir William Vernon. The Le Vesconte family had always taken a great interest in the affairs of Trinity and members of the family held honorary positions in the parish. Philippe was no exception and he devoted his life to the parish of Trinity for over 40 years, elected Constable ten times, fighting seven elections and winning the support of his parishioners every time. He was a figurehead, feared by few and revered by the majority because of his straight speaking and down to earth way of dealing with problems.

He was born on 21 December 1837, an only son who grew up with his sisters at La Porte, a stone’s throw from the monument in Rue De Cambrai. Having joined the honorary police, he worked his way up to Centenier, and then fought his first election for Constable in 1868, at the age of 31, following in his father’s footsteps. He served three terms as Constable between 1868 and 1877, when he relinquished the office.

Yvonne Gascoyne, his great grand-daughter, recalls her father, Philip, telling her stories of his grandfather. It was said that Philippe ‘ruled the family’. Each Sunday they gathered at La Porte and, with Philippe at its head, would walk to the church. The Rector at the time rather enjoyed the ‘pleasures of the bottle’ and on many occasions getting in and out of the pulpit on Sunday evenings proved rather hazardous. Philippe was not amused and one Sunday he decided this was the Rector’s last chance. When the Rector found the steps to the pulpit too much to handle, Philippe stood up, led his family out of the Church and marched them up the road to Ebenezer Methodist Chapel, passing through the door just as the last hymn was being sung.

This story was recounted by the late Edward and Constance de Gruchy whose parents were in the congregation and witnessed the door bursting open and the whole family filing in. This dramatic entry resulted in the Le Vesconte family becoming Methodists. However, Philippe did not find the small chapel grand enough so he set about rebuilding it, donating money and loaning workers and a horse and cart to move the stone. A marble plaque inside the chapel shows that he became Trust Secretary from 1883 to 1891 and Trust Treasurer from 1891 to 1909. The draw of serving the parish was never far away and in 1890, a deputation called on Philippe to stand again for Constable. He won the election and remained in office until his death in 1909. In 1894 the parish presented him with a set of silverware and a parchment scroll, which read:

"To Mr Ph Le Vesconte, of Trinity, Snr: We the undersigned wish to tender a deep and spontaneous expression of our grateful thanks for the eminent and valuable service you have rendered to this parish. It was as long ago as 1868, at a relatively early age, you were called upon to direct the affairs of the parish. In 1871 and again in 1874 the electors renewed your mandate. After having relinquished the helm for several years you were called upon to assume the duties of the office once more, and last year your mandate was renewed for the fifth time. You have, by your wise and good administration and your great self-sacrifice, merited the respect and esteem of your parishioners.
"We have been given the opportunity to appreciate the very real qualities which form the basis of your character. The courtesy with which one is always received in your home, the strength of your convictions are equalled only by your great modesty. Let us also remember in passing that you are the eldest member of the Legislative Assembly of this Bailiwick, and that there, as elsewhere, you have always stood for the real interests of the Island. We have noted with pleasure that you have always opposed those who would want to abolish our privileges, our traditions and our liberties.
"You have always a lively interest in the many and varied affairs of the municipality. Under your intelligent direction the wheels of administration have run smoothly and even though the workload has increased, it has appeared lighter to all concerned. The care of the parish finances has brought forth in you a masterly quality - economy.
"We cannot allow to pass unnoticed the fact that your father had, before you, held the high office which you now hold, and that your son, also Philippe, has for the last eight years been the senior Centenier of his parish. It is our sincere wish that the Almighty will bless you and the members of your family with a long and happy life.
"We take the opportunity on this occasion to ask you respectfully to accept these articles of silverware as a testimony of our thanks for the distinguished service you have rendered to our parish and our Island. The committee for and in the name of the 282 subscribers; John Norman, John Le Gros, Philippe Cabot, Francois Dorey, Josue Picot, Richard Blampied, Ph Aubin Jnr, Denis Blampied, Philippe Gallichan, Chs Sydney Le Gros, E G Le Quesne, Charles de Gruchy, Chs Wm Blampied Jnr, Jean Benest, Philippe de Gruchy, Philippe Deslandes, Peter Le Feuvre, John Godeaux, F S Gibaut, Clement Pinel, Thomas Cabot."

The 18th day of October 1894.

Philippe died in August 1909 in his 72nd year after contracting pleurisy. Before his funeral, his body was laid out on the bed at his home, La Porte, enabling his many relatives to say goodbye to the man who had ruled the family and had been father of Trinity. A great era in the history of the parish had ended.

Prominent family members

Henry Thomas Dundas Le Vesconte was a member of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, a failed British voyage of Arctic exploration led by Captain Sir John Franklin that departed England in 1845 aboard two ships, HMS Erebus and Terror. This drawing of the vessels in Boat Creek, Whale Island, was the work of Le Vesconte, dated 12 July 1845. The vessels became stranded in ice and were eventually abandoned by those who had not already died, but the men are all believed to have perished in Canada
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