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Victor Keen Rowcliffe and Albert Rowcliffe

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Origins of surname

This is an old English surname derived from reade clif, meaning the red cliff. It is found related to place names in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Devon.

Early records

Jersey's Rowcliffs originated in Devon. The first on record in the island are Sophia and John, children of George and Sophia Bernis, baptised in St Helier in 1757 and 1758.

Two other Rowcliffes arrived in Jersey about 80 years later, when William, already married to his first wife, Joan (nee Brooks) came from Devon together with William's brother James, who married Charlotte Jane Wyatt, of St Helier. Both raised families in the island.


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Great War service

  • Victor Keen Rowcliffe (1887- ) (St H) son of Albert William and Elizabeth Corbin, Stoker RN, HMS Courageous


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Rowcliffe family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Arthur Rowcliffe, 22 Union Street, St Helier - 30 June 1908, D/Y/A/67
  • George Rowcliffe, bequeaths to Ann Le Cocq Rowcliffe, his wife, all his funded property including that in French funds 11 May 1827 - D/Y/A/20
  • Helena Rowcliffe, 3 Royal Crescent, Don Road, St Helier - 26 February 1943, D/Y/A/110
  • Sydney Rowcliffe, 15 Pier Road, St Helier - 27 May 1927, D/Y/A/87

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