List of people from Guernsey

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This is a selected list of notable people with links to Guernsey.

Born and/or educated in Bailiwick of Guernsey[edit]

Moved to and lived in Bailiwick of Guernsey[edit]

  • General Sir John Doyle (1756-1834), Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey, drained Braye du Valle joining the north of Guernsey to the rest of the Island.
  • Victor Hugo (1802–1885), author of 'Les Misérables', 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'Toilers of the sea', Victor Hugo lived in self-imposed exile on the island for 15 years, during which Les Misérables was written. Toilers of the Sea was dedicated to the island
  • John Tapner (1823-1854), last person executed by Guernsey
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), artist. Spent summer of 1883 in Guernsey
  • Henry Watson Fowler (1858-1933), lexicographer, moved to Guernsey in 1903
  • Francis George Fowler (1871-1918), lexicographer, moved to Guernsey in 1903
  • Guy John Nixon (born 1909), ski jumper, holder of British ski jump record for 56 years. Lived in Guernsey.
  • Nicholas Monsarrat (1910-1979), author of The Cruel Sea and more than thirty other novels. Monsarrat lived in Guernsey from 1959-1963 [6]
  • John Le Mesurier (1912–1983), actor in Dad's Army. Le Mesurier lived in Guernsey for the majority of his life.
  • Robert Farnon, (1917-2005), conductor and composer. Lived in Guernsey for 40 years
  • Derrick Bailey (1918-2009), founder of Aurigny Airlines
  • Desmond Bagley (1923–1983), best selling writer of thriller novels. Lived in Guernsey from 1976–1983
  • Ronnie Ronalde (born 1923), Siffleur Lived in Guernsey from 1960's to 1980's
  • Eliza Beresford (1926-2010), writer, creator of children's characters The Wombles. Lived in Alderney
  • David and Frederick Barclay (both born 1934), media, retail and property.
  • Oliver Reed (1938–1999), actor in Gladiator and Oliver!. Reed lived in Guernsey for many years although was not born there.
  • Dawn Brooke (born 1938?), world oldest natural mother who gave birth in 1997 at the age of 59.
  • Mary Perkins (born 1944), co-founder and a senior executive of Specsavers
  • Guy Hands (born 1959), financier and investor
  • Wayne Bulpitt (born 1961), UK Chief Commissioner for The Scout Association.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b DNBC of 1st Baron Seaton
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  3. ^ "Donkey author dies". Guernsey Press. 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
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  6. ^ The Editor, Guernsey Evening Press