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Notable Huguenot descendants - Britain

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  • John Jaques, II (1823 - 1898)
    John Jaques II won a place in sporting history - and a Gold Medal - for introducing croquet into England at the Great Exhibition in 1851. His display there attracted such wide attention that the game s...
  • Abraham De La Pryme (1671 - 1704)
    Abraham de la Pryme (15 January 1671 – 12 June 1704) was an English antiquary. Abraham de la Pryme was born to Huguenot parents, Matthias de la Pryme and Sarah Smague (or Smagge) at Hatfield i...
  • Paul de Rapin-Thoyras (1661 - 1725)
    Paul de Rapin (25 March 1661 – 25 April 1725), sieur of Thoyras (and therefore styled Thoyras de Rapin), was a French historian writing under English patronage. The son of Jacques de Rapin, an...
  • Hablot Knight Browne (1815 - 1882)
    Hablot Knight Browne Of Huguenot ancestry, Hablot Knight Browne was born in England, in Lambeth (near London) on Kennington Lane. He was the fourteenth of Catherine and William Loder Browne's fifte...
  • Augustus de Morgan (1806 - 1871)
    Augustus De Morgan (27 June 1806 – 18 March 1871) was a British mathematician and logician. He formulated De Morgan's laws and introduced the term mathematical induction, making its idea rigorou...

Notable Huguenot descendants - Britain

Arts, Entertainment and sports

  • Hablot Knight Browne ("Phiz"), British illustrator of Charles Dickens
  • Tony Cottee, West Ham United and England footballer
  • Piers Courage , English racing driver
  • Phil de Glanville, England rugby union international (private profile)
  • William De Morgan , British art potter, tile designer, and author
  • G.E.M. de Ste. Croix, British writer and historian
  • Daphne du Maurier, English writer
  • George du Maurier , English author and cartoonist
  • Gerald du Maurier, English actor
  • David Garrick, English actor
  • Eddie Izzard, English comedian and actor
  • Victor Lardent, British advertising designer who drew Times New Roman
  • Christian Ignatius Latrobe , British clergyman, composer, and musician
  • Simon Le Bon, English musician
  • Laurence Olivier English actor
  • Tom Paulin, British poet and critic
  • Jon Pertwee, English actor (private profile)
  • James Planché, British dramatist and officer of arms
  • Keith Richards , English musician
  • Julia Sawalha, British actress of Huguenot and Jordanian ancestry


  • Harriet Martineau , English writer and educational and economic reformer
  • James Martineau, English philosopher, educator, and Unitarian minister
  • Lewis Page Mercier, British translator of Jules Verne into English

Entrepreneurs and business

  • Benjamin Henry Latrobe , British-born architect of the United States Capitol
  • Robert Lewis Roumieu. British architect


  • Giles Romilly, British journalist, Nazi POW, nephew of Winston Churchill



  • Campbell De Morgan, British surgeon (private profile0
  • Peter Mark Roget, British physician and compiler of the thesaurus


  • John André , British officer and spy
  • Francis Beaufort , hydrographer of the British Admiralty
  • John Blossett, British soldier, led British expedition to aid Simon Bolivar in the wars of independence against Spain
  • Peter de la Billière, British Military Commander
  • Charles Portal , British Chief of the Air Staff 1940-1945 Combined Chiefs of Staff 1942-1945
  • Barry St. Leger, British officer

Politics and government

  • Jessie Boucherett , English campaigner for women's rights
  • Winston Churchill , British prime minister
  • George II of Great Britain , son of Sophia Dorothea of Celle was matrilineally descended from Alexander II d'Esmiers, Marquis d'Olbreuse, a minor member of the French nobility and a Huguenot.
  • Arthur Cecil Pigou, English economist
  • Esmond Romilly , British socialist and anti-fascist
  • Samuel Romilly , English legal reformer and Member of Parliament