William the Silent


2015 is the 130th anniversary of the foundation of the Huguenot Society

The Society has, as its principal object, 'the interchange and publication of knowledge relating to the history of the Huguenots in France and adjoining countries.'

In 1885 the first issue of the Society's annual Proceedings appeared.  Early numbers contained the Council's report, the Presidential address, and a printed version of papers read at meetings. Today, each edition carries six or seven different articles, some by well-known academics, a few shorter pieces, and a substantial number of book reviews.  Recently renamed The Huguenot Society Journal, it is received free of charge by all Society members and subscribing libraries, and submissions are invited. Back numbers of the journal may be obtained from admin@huguenotsociety.org.uk

Two years after its birth, the Huguenot Society published the first volume in its Quarto Series of records: The History of the Walloons and their Church in Norwich. By 1920, four volumes of handwritten registers from the French church in Threadneedle Street were in print, and these, together with other important Huguenot records, are now available on the Society's CD-ROMs. In 2007, Henry Wagner's manuscript Huguenot Wills and Administrations in England and Ireland, 1617-1849 was transcribed and published as Quarto Series number 60 and, in this current anniversary year of 2015, Huguenot Society Fellow Barbara Julien has just completed volume 62, the translation and transcription of The Consistory Minutes and Poor Relief Accounts of the French Church at Thorpe-le-Soken, 1683-1763: a fascinating insight into the history of a Huguenot community established in Essex.

IN 1990 the Society began to publish its  New Series, the personal recollections of Huguenots, and their descendants, who experienced the history of French Protestantism as it unfolded.  Of particular interest are New Series 2. Memoirs of the Reverend Jaques Fontaine, 1658-1728, and New Series 4. Memoirs of Isaac Dumont de Bostaquet, a gentleman of Normandy, both edited by Dianne W Ressinger, followed by New Series 5. The Travels of Francis Tallents in France and Switzerland, 1671-73, edited by Janice V. Cox.

The New General Index to the Proceedings and Quarto Series
was published in 2011 as a continuation of the Master Index published in 1998.  It lists the subjects and editors of the Quarto Series volumes, as well as the topics, titles and authors of all Proceedings articles from 1885 to 2007, including book reviews.  It also gives the names of all individuals who appear in the Proceedings from 1986 to 2007, and will be updated again in 2017.

The publications of the Huguenot Society are valuable sources of information  for genealogists and family historians, and in recognition of that fact Huguenot Families was launched in 1999. The March 2009 issue, number 20, was the final one of the series, and included a list of contents of the complete set of 20 issues as well as additional aids for finding genealogical material in the Society's publications. To purchase back numbers of Huguenot Families please use the above link, or the CD-ROM link.

Other Publications: From Strangers to Citizens: the integration of immigrant communities in Britain, Ireland and colonial America, 1550-1750, editors Randolph Vigne and Charles Littleton. 57 papers delivered at the Society's major international conference held in 2000. 16 page full-colour section. Joint imprint with Sussex Academic Press.  Hardback (ISBN 1-902210-85-9 ) £25 + £5.95 p&p. Paperback (ISBN 1-902210-86-7) £12.50 + £5.95 p&p.

All of the above may be purchased from: The Huguenot Society, PO Box 444, Ruislip, HA4 4GU, admin@huguenotsociety.org.uk.

For online sales: www.parishchest.com

Please note that Huguenot Society publications and CD-ROMs on the Parish Chest site have the prefix HUG.

A members' Newsletter, edited by the Hon Secretary, is circulated every six months, giving news of members and officers of the Society and details of forthcoming Huguenot-related exhibitions, conferences, and visits.  The Newsletter publishes information about the Society's website, its participation in Family History fairs, the French Hospital, and active French Protestant churches in England and elsewhere.


Did your ancestors live in Spitalfields?
Add them to a map of the area: details here.

Huguenot Museum, Rochester
Now open, Wednesday to Saturday every week. For the latest information please go to their website.

Huguenots of Spitalfields
This independent charity is organising a series of events over the summer.

The Protestant Reformation and its Radical Critiques
15-17 September 2016, German Historical Institute, London
A joint conference organised by the Volkswagen Foundation, the University of St Andrews and the German Historical Institute. Programme available here.

Recent Publications and CD-ROMs

Number 62: The Consistory Minutes and Poor Relief Accounts of the French Church at Thorpe-le-Soken, 1683-1763, translated and edited by Barbara Julien.
to be launched 7 May 2015. Click here for downloadable flyer

The Travels of Francis Tallents in France and Switzerland 
New Series No.5, edited by Janice V. Cox.
click here for downloadable flier

CD-ROM 10 - Huguenot Society Quarto Series III, XXXVI, XLVII: Dover Registers.

For more details see Publications

External links

The Huguenots of Spitalfields
Waldensian Church Missions
Le Comité Protestant des Amitiés Françaises à l’Etranger (CPAFE)
The Virtual Museum of French Protestantism (VMFP)
Groupe des Recherches en Histoire des Protestantismes (GRHP)