The Huguenot minister for the French-speaking congregation of Southampton from 1619, Elie D’Arande was born in Switzerland in 1568. After spending time as a minister in France he moved to Southampton in about 1619. He died in 1633 and was buried in St Mary’s churchyard. He had two sons both of whom were baptised in Southampton: Paul, who died in infancy, and Elie-Paul who was educated at Oxford and went on to be a minister at the French Church in Canterbury.

Further reading:
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, Volume 15


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