15th September 1831

The title Baron de Saumarez was created

Saumarez and Sausmarez, the first derived from the latter, are names threaded right through the history of Guernsey. The single family from which they spring played a large part in the island’s development – and in Britain’s success at sea.

James Sausmarez dropped the second S in his name when he joined the navy. He rose through the ranks and served alongside Nelson. In 1819 he was promoted to rear-admiral of the United Kingdom, to vice-admiral two years later and, in 1824, became commander-in-chief at Plymouth.

However, his longest-standing achievement, at least as far as his family’s reputation and standing are concerned, was his elevation to the peerage in 1831. On 15 January the title Baron de Saumarez was created in his honour – and he was naturally its first holder.

Baron de Saumarez

The title has passed down through the Saumarez family line, first to another James, who was a clergyman, then to John. The fourth Baron, another James, secured the family estate at Castel when he bought Sausmarez Manor (still with the second S) from his father.

Yet, even with that magnificent pile to his name, his attention was focused elsewhere. From the fourth to the seventh generations, the Barons de Saumarez spent much of their time on the mainland.

After buying Sausmarez Manor, James married into a moneyed English family and set up home at Shrubland Park near Ipswich. The next two generations – another two Jameses – followed his lead. However, the seventh Baron de Saumarez, Eric, sold up in 2006 and moved back to Guernsey.

Shrubland Hall, his home at the 92-acre Shrubland Park, had by that time been a health clinic for around 40 years. During that time it featured, under its own name, in the “unofficial” James Bond film, Never Say Never Again.


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Channel Television took to the air 1st
A Guernseyman cycled to Herm 2nd
Brecqhou was put up for sale 3rd
Renoir arrived on Guernsey to paint 4th
Ship sinks in St Sampson harbour 5th
The melon king died… long live the melon king 6th
Coronavirus returns to Guernsey 7th
HD Ferries makes its last crossing
6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment fought at the Somme 8th
Guernsey number plate sold for £240,000 9th
Guernsey hosted the second Island Games 10th
Major Guernsey employer Tektronix went public 11th
Guernsey was struck by a hurricane 12th
Schoolboys and teacher went missing off Sark 13th
Guernsey holidaymakers head home itching 14th
The title Baron de Saumarez was created 15th
Missing girl, Jetta, was found on Guernsey 16th
Archaeologists found a porpoise grave 17th
An Islander aircraft crashed in Guernsey 18th
Guernsey commando Hubert Nicolle died 19th
Guernsey and Jersey considered merging 20th
Occupation resister Winifred Green was deported 21st
The Devil’s Rock had its opening night 22nd
The Duke of Connaught visited Guernsey 23rd
Former bailiff Daniel de Lisle Brock died 24th
Occupation president Ambrose Sherwill died 25th
Trudy, Guernsey’s biggest ever import, was installed 26th
“Let em starve,” said Churchill 27th
A Guernsey planning dispute headed to Europe 28th
Herm tenant Major Peter Wood died 29th
Spotlight was broadcast for the first time 30th