Francis John Le Couteur

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From Payne's Armorial of Jersey:


Francis John Le Couteur, who was born in 1773, received an academical education under the Rev John Dupre, whom he left to visit Paris, for the purpose of studying jurisprudence. While there, he was a spectator of the horrors of the Reign of Terror, and relying upon the fact of his being a British subject, he still remained in the French capital, even after the reception of several warnings. He was finally, therefore, made prisoner, and confined with other victims of Robespierre. After experiencing continued and increasing severity, he ultimately was exposed to the imminent peril of appearing before that Tribunal, the only fiat of which was death. However, in the interim, Robespierre died, and Mr Le Couteur was set at liberty, but not before his constitution had received, from the perils he had undergone, a shock from which he never recovered.

After his arrival in Jersey, he published a detailed and affecting account of his sufferings, and with it some very pleasing pieces of poetry, composed during his captivity. He subsequently became a distinguished and eloquent member of the Jersey bar, and was, in 1817, appointed Solicitor-General of the Island, an office which he held until 1823, when ill health compelled his resignation. As is remarked above, Mr Le Couteur was eminent as a poet, to which he added an extensive and critical acquaintance with English and French literature, and to which his retentive memory led him to refer, and to quote with a taste and pathos as rare as it was delightful. Polished and courtly in manner, and disinterested in friendship, his memory is still held in veneration by those who had the privilege of knowing him.

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