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De la Tour Family

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. IX, (January 1916 to January 1917), p. 203.


Oscar de la Tour Berry

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Huguenots arrived in England during the 17th century. In the 15th century thousands of Flemings came across from present day Belgium. There was a later influx at the time of the French Revolution. De la Tour seems to have arrived in the second wave of immigration, during the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1714) - most refugees in this period arrived after the revocation of the edict of Nantes in October 1685. The name De la Tour is listed among later Refugees who were 'Naturalized by Letters Patent'.  The 1881 census shows only one individual name Delatour in Devon. He was born in France. The extract, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers..

Note 170. DE LATOUR FAMILY. - I shall be grateful if any reader of D. & C. N. & Q. can supply information concerning the above family, which settled in Barnstaple in or about the year 1680. Peter de la Tour was a naturalised Huguenot nobleman from La Rochelle, who married into the Barnstaple family of Berry. My father was James de la Tour Berry, son of William Berry, born in Exeter about 1795; his family came from Barnstaple or the neighbourhood.

                   Oscar de la Tour Berry