Philip de Carteret Le Cornu

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Philip de Carteret Le Cornu

Philip de Carteret Le Cornu, OBE, born in St Helier in 1861, was a fourth generation horticulturist, who became a Jurat of the Royal Court and a rose breeder. He was in 1934, Lieutenant-Bailiff

Philip Le Cornu was the eldest son of Josue Le Cornu and Elizabeth de Carteret and outlined his ancestry back to Jean Le Cornu, born in St Ouen in about 1480 in a manuscript titled "My Namesakes Throughout The Ages". This manuscript is in the Archives of La Societe Jersiaise.

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Philip was educated at Victoria College and trained under his father at High View Nurseries, and also at leading English nurseries. In 1880, at the age of 19, he joined his father in business and in 1895 opened his own business, the Jersey Nurseries, at Almorah. A quarrel he had with his father at about this time was a cause célèbre within the Island.

Four years later he bought High View from his father and traded as The Jersey and High View Nurseries.

Although the family speciality is believed to have been trees, Philippe was also an accomplished rose breeder, responsible for the introduction of Jersey Bedder; Jersey Killarney; Jersey Queen; Mrs Philip Le Cornu; Sir Alexander Rochfort, named after the island’s Lieut-Governor of the time; Sir Walter Raleigh, a hybrid tea named after a former Governor, Sir Walter Raleigh; and Sunbeam, another hybrid tea.

The introduction of rose Sir Walter Raleigh in 1919 coincided with Philippe Le Cornu’s election as Jurat. He would later be appointed Lieut-Bailiff in 1934. He was awarded the OBE for his services.

Philip Le Cornu married Jane Sophie Picot, daughter of Jean, of Retreat Farm, Maufant. He and his wife had a daughter, Lilian Jane Alexandrina Le Cornu.

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