Parish register of Rye showing baptisms and marriages of members of the French church

Historical Background

A large French colony fled to Rye, a coastal town in East Sussex and the main landing point at that time for ships leaving Dieppe, to escape persecution.

  This wave of emigration started in 1562 and then continued, especially after the Saint Bartholemew’s Day massacre, with 1,534 refugees being recorded in 1582. The first register refers to baptisms of French Protestants, inserted in the margin by a different hand (William Laisné, Francis Macquerie), while the second mentions several marriages, including that of Martine Cauchie who was still living in Lewes in 1588 when she drew up her will.
See also Print of Rye church by WG Moss, 1825 (ESRO, PDA 467/8).
  • Date details


  • Institution

UK – Lewes – East Sussex Record Office

  • Original reference

PAR 467/1/1/2

  • Period

Early modern Period

  • Thematic

Politics and military links



UK – Lewes – East Sussex Record Office

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