King Edward VI Free Grammar School Bury St Edmunds c1880
King Edward VI Free Grammar School Bury St Edmunds c1880 Image credit: Wikimedia

Huguenots educated at King Edward VI School, Bury St. Edmunds

Allix – John Peter and Charles, born 1785 and 1787 respectively. Sons of John Peter Allix of Swaffham. The first became one time M.P. for Cambridge, the second joined the Grenadier Guards, eventually becoming Colonel, serving in the Pennisular, Walcharen and Waterloo campaigns. The latter seeing him wounded. They were both Great Grandchildren of the Huguenot Dr. Peter Allix of Alencon who settled in England in 1685.

Calamy – Edmund Calamy the younger was born in Bury St Edmunds and received his early education there. His famous, puritanical father was Minister of St Marys in the town until ejection for refusing to read the Book of Sports. The family claimed Huguenot origins.


Leheup – Thomas Leheup was the Grandson of Thomas Leheup a Huguenot émigré from Normandy. Contemporary (C. 1690-1715) reference in latin describes a French boy who fled the school upon failure to correctly recite/write the school’s song. It is possible this was a Leheup or a Dusseau (Author’s Attribution).

Pryme – Charles de la Pryme b. c. 1819 became a professor of Political Economy at Cambridge he readopted the ‘de la’ in recognition of his Huguenot routes.

Boileau – Thomas Boileau of Calcutta was the father of three non-resident children to attend school in Bury. His Brother, John Peter, was the father of Sir John Boileau Bart. Thomas’ grandfather was said to be a Huguenot.

Chevallier – The children of the famous polymath Rev. Temple Fiske Chevallier were all educated at Bury St Edmunds. A family of Huguenot lineage.

Dusseau – See Leheup


Romilly – Frederick Romilly was the sixth son of Sir Samuel Romilly, and was born in 1810. Sir Samuel’s father was a watchmaker and the son of a family that fled Montpellier following the revocation of the edict of Nantes.

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