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TitlePapers of the Families of Chamier and Deschamps, 1623-1862
Extent2 boxes
AbstractPrincipal document types present include: manuscript volumes, correspondence, family papers, armorial documents, genealogical documents, newspaper cuttings.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryDaniel Chamier I (1565-1621) is the most well known member of his prominent Huguenot family. He studied under Théodore de Bèze, later becoming pastor of the Reformed Church at Montélimar and Professor of Theology at the Protestant Academy at Montaubon. He played a major role in drawing up the Edict of Nantes of 1598. He was killed at the siege of Montaubon in 1621.

Daniel set an example followed by many male members of the Chamier family, including his son Adrian, and in 1686 Daniel Chamier III was ordained pastor, the sixth of nine male members in five generations. In 1691 he fled France to London with his wife, Anne, his infant son, his widowed mother Madeleine and his two sisters Madeleine and Jeanne. From this time on the Chamiers established themselves in England, selling their lands in Montélimar.

Jean Deschamps (1709-1767) was a member of another well known French Huguenot family from Bergerac. He was a pupil of Christian Wolf at Marbourg. He later became tutor to the sons of Prince Frederick of Prussia, leaving in 1746 following quarrels with French members of the Royal Academy of Science in Berlin. In 1749 he moved to England and became Minister of the Savoy Chapel, London. He married Judith Chamier (d.1801) in 1753. Their son Antoine was the first of the Dechamps-Chamiers, who became British subjects. Later family members were employed with the British Army in India and with the East India Company.
Custodial HistoryThe collection came to Nottingham University Library in 1970 from a member of the Chamier family. Many of the volumes and papers have either book plates or notes in the hand of Henry Chamier (b 1795) which suggests that a great deal of the material was collected or sorted by him, probably during the 1850s.
DescriptionThe manuscripts and papers relate chiefly to the Huguenot family of Chamier from c.1600 to the nineteenth century. They include works by Daniel Chamier I as well as later correspondence from family members stationed with the British Army in India. There is also material concerning the history and genealogy of the family, compiled and collected by Henry Chamier during the nineteenth century. Material relating to the Deschamps family includes works by Jean Deschamps and correspondence to him from his brother Jacques.
MgtGroupFamily and estate collections
ArrangementThe collection is divided into four sections. The first contains papers relating to Daniel Chamier I, and his son Adrian Chamier. The second section consists of papers relating to Jean Deschamps. The third has two items concerning Emile Deschamps. The final section is made up of family papers and genealogical material collected mostly by Henry Chamier. Material is arranged chronologically within each section.
TermHuguenots - France - History - 16th century
Huguenots - France - History - 17th century
Protestants - France - History - 16th century
Protestants - France - History - 17th century
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 20 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Old version of the typescript Catalogue, 9 pp Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections.
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
Publication NoteLewis Thorpe, 'The Chamier Manuscripts', Nottingham French Studies vol X, no 2, pp 49-66

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA161Chamier; Henry (1795-)1795-
NA162Deschamps; Jean (1709-1767); Minister of the Savoy Chapel London1709-1767
NA163Chamier; Daniel (1565-1621); Professor; Professor of Theology Montaubon Protestant Academy1565-1621
NA162Deschamps; Jean (1709-1767); Minister of the Savoy Chapel London1709-1767
NA75780Chamier; family
NA75795Deschamps; family
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