Philippe de Carteret, Bailiff 1682-1693

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Bailiff of Jersey 1682-1693
Sir Philippe de Carteret

Philippe was the son of former Bailiff Sir Philippe de Carteret and Anne Dumaresq. He was born at St Ouen's Manor on Christmas Day 1650

When Philippe's father died in 1662 he was still under age. He became Seigneur of St Ouen and Sark, and in 1671 he was created a Baronet.

In 1676 he married Elisabeth, daughter of Sir Edouard de Carteret, then Bailiff. She was under age and the marriage contract provided for an immediate payment of £1,000 from Sir Edouard to Sir Philippe, after which Elisabeth would return to live with her parents, until she reached the age of 15. Then Sir Philippe would receive another £1,500 and an inheritance of £100 which his young wife had received.

Sir Philippe had already been promised by the King that he would succeed Sir Edouard as Bailiff and he was elected a Jurat in 1676. A contemporary writer said of him:

"He became a man very wise and prudent and of a handsome countenance, who ever behaved honourably, courteously and justly, and made himself loved by all. His wealth was so great and his fame so conspicuous that he kept a coach with six horses, which he used both in Jersey and England. Wherever he went, his coach followed him".

Sir Philippe rebuilt St Ouen's Manor and built a pier at Sark.

He succeeded his father-in-law in 1682, being sworn in on 3 August. He served during a period of considerable upheaval in England, with fears of a return to Roman Catholicism being forced on the island, as well as a constant threat of French invasion, but in the event his time in office was relatively trouble-free. He died on 23 October 1693 and was succeeded as Seigneur by his son Charles, who would later become Bailiff.

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