In 1689 French state and
monarchy aligned with the
Catholic church yet again.
To their fury urban artisan
classes still sought God and
true faith in their own beliefs
and own church worship.

These skilled tradesmen and
workers with no wealth or
power owed no allegiance to
landowners, living simply
off daily earnings from
their own tools and labour.

So soldiers and populace
were stirred up to slaughter
these simple folk living and
worshipping their own way
…… in a bloody massacre.

Some escaped over borders,
or jumped aboard foreign ships.

Young Thomas the lamp maker
sole survivor of his family
sailed into Falmouth to
start life again, in Cornwall.

Previously posted September 2017.


8 thoughts on “Hugenot

    1. Sorry about that. It just suddenly vanished and I thought it was The “Cheeseseller’s Wife ” whose comment was removed. I think the vanished comment was about the difficulties of Thomas in his refugee situation. He first appeared in the LDS microfiche index in 1689. We knew he and his wife and descendants were in Cornwall and they did show up in the index as well. As he was the only one of his surname who arrived in Cornwall. Lots of Hugenots were slaughtered so it is likely he was the only survivor.

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