20th March 1835

Guernsey guidebook pioneer Henry Inglis dies

Henry Inglis wrote one of the first guides to theĀ Channel Islands. He was already a renowned travel writer when he arrived on Jersey in the 1830s to edit an English-language newspaper. While there, he wrote a respected guide to Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney, called The Channel Islands, which was sold in two volumes.

The Globe reviewed Inglis’ guide to the Channel Islands on 8 May 1934.

We agree with Mr Inglis that more is generally known in Great Britain of the smallest of our colonies in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans than of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and the other Channel islands,” it wrote. “The public are indebted to him for two very agreeable and instructive volumes on the subject. He is a shrewd observer, and gives his opinions freely and candidly on the state of society in those islands; he has gathered besides a great deal of interesting matter relative to the history and statistics of the country. His volumes form an excellent guide-book for visitors to that quarter, and, in addition, are highly entertaining. There is also a chapter on health and disease in Jersey, by Dr Scholefield, which conveys some useful hints.

Life of a travel writer

Inglis was born in Edinburgh in 1795, and originally published books under the name Derwent Conway. He spent much of his life travelling, and writing about what he experienced. His first book took in the Ardennes, and was followed by volumes on Switzerland, the south of France, Norway, Spain, Germany, Denmark and Ireland.

Although his travel books were big sellers, his one attempt at fiction, a three-volume work called The New Gil Blas, wasn’t well received.

Inglis died on 20 March 1835, aged just 40. The cause of his surprisinly young death was said to be a disease of the brain cause by over-working.


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Debut of Guernsey-set comedy This is Jinsy 1st
Channel 4 broadcasts Sark-based Mr Pye 2nd
First ever broadcast of Puffin’s Pla(i)ce 3rd
Dead man appointed to run Guernsey Airport 4th
Guernsey’s entire police force is arrested 5th
Isle of Guernsey delivered to its new owners 6th
Guernsey players set darts record
Guernsey heads call for an end to the Eleven-plus 7th
Guernsey’s first governor, Edmund Weston, is appointed 8th
Occupying forces mount a desperate raid on Granville 9th
Guernsey emergency services prepare for a disaster 10th
Birth of Baron James de Saumarez 11th
First publication of Victor Hugo’s Toilers of the Sea 12th
Building work starts on Guernsey Airport 13th
Guernsey’s island-wide police force is established 14th
Guernsey exchange student goes missing in Virginia 15th
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is published 16th
BBC Radio Guernsey takes to the air
Guernsey clears up after heaviest snow in years 17th
Torrey Canyon spills oil on Guernsey’s beaches 18th
Guernsey issues banknotes featuring famous locals 19th
Guernsey guidebook pioneer Henry Inglis dies 20th
Soldiers staged a mutiny at Fort George 21st
Alderney arrest sparks a “riot” 22nd
Guernsey nurse Elizabeth Lincoln elected to the States 23rd
Famed printer Thomas de la Rue born 24th
Guernsey votes for equal age of consent 25th
Guernsey to UK telephone connection inaugurated 26th
Condor Liberation enters service 27th
Guernsey Post Office is established 28th
Enemy at the Door comes to the end of its run 29th
Guernsey adopts Sterling currency 30th
Guernsey and France tackle the Amoco Cadiz oil spill 31st