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Famous People Connected to Guernsey

Image right - Thomas De La Rue (1793-1866) came to be recognised as the inventor of the modern English playing card. By Unukorno - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wiki Commons

Those people of note with connections (born, lived, died or buried) to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown!

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  • Thomas De La Rue (24 March 1793 – 7 June 1866) was a printer from Guernsey who, from modest beginnings, founded De La Rue plc, a printing company which is now the world's largest commercial security printer and papermaker.
  • Warren De La Rue (1815-1889) Scientist and inventor. The son of printer, Thomas De La Rue (above). In 1851, he invented an envelope-making machine.
  • Roy Dotrice, actor

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  • Dom Sylvester Houédard, Benedictine priest, theologian, concrete poet
  • Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and dramatist

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  • William Le Lacheur, pioneer of the Costa Rica Coffee Trade
  • John Le Mesurier, English actor
  • Matthew Le Tissier, international footballer
  • Peter Le Vasseur, artist

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  • Oliver Reed, English actor

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  • Admiral de Saumarez, naval sea captain

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  • John Wilson, English architect

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