Pierre Careye F8
bap. 13 Dec 1643 - bur. 9 Jan 1680
Married: 19 Aug 1669
Elizabeth de Sausmarez
b. 25 Aug 1652 - d. 23 Aug 1719
daughter of Elizee de Sausmarez
and Marie Agenor
Entries at the time in the Church Registers give the date
of baptism only, but it was the custom at the time for the baptism to
follow the birth within a day or two, sometimes even on the same day.
His birth took place a very short time after his father's escape from
Castle Cornet (see Pierre C5). Not surprisingly,
his Godfather was Pierre De Beauvoir, one of his father's fellow prisoners
in the castle.
Pierre matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford, 3 Apr 1663. Lord Clarendon
wrote on Peter's behalf a letter to convocation in the following terms:
Worcester House, Junij 16, 1663.
Some of the principal persons of the university have represented
to me that Peter Carey of Garnsey a student in Exeter College, the King
having endowed a place there for the encouragement of the natives of
that island and of Jersey. And yt having past the course of his studies
in foreign universities, it would be somewhat hard to oblige him to
the usuall course of the university for obteyning those degrees of which
his owne partes and ye condicon of being the kinges scholler make him
very capeable. This case being so p'ticuler I am assured you will not
understand it as a breach of my former promise to you that I recomend
him to you to be admitted upon such conditions as you think requisite
to ye degree of Master of Arts.
I am, Mr Vicechanceler and gentn,
'Your very affectionate Servt,
From this letter, it would appear that Peter had already received
part of his education at a foreign university, probably at Caen or Rouen,
and that he had gone to Oxford on one of the Exhibitions founded by
Charles I there for natives of the Channel Islands. It is not recorded
whether the intervention of Lord Clarendon had any beneficial effect
on his career, but he became a Fellow of the College in 1664, which
Fellowship he held until 1670. he left an interesting Note-Book of his
doings while at Oxford, jottings of expenditure, loans to friends, date
of commencing to shave, gifts of rare coins to him and so forth.
Peter was ordained priest on 18 Apr 1669, and took over the Cure of
St Saviour's Church on that day.
His will is dated 23 Mar 1678 and was proved 14 Jan 1681. In it he
left silver 'ecuelles' or porringers to various relatives, to his wife
a silver fork and spoon and 'une grande Equierre d'argent' probably
an Aiguire or Ewer, and to the Rector of St Saviour's and his successors
all his printed books, manuscripts, sermons, and notes. He bequeathed
50 ecus to the poor of St Saviour's.
His books and papers are still preserved at the rectory, and are taken
over by successive Rectors. They are 207 in number and represented a
considerable sum at the time, when printing was a costly affair.