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1686 - Refugees arrive in Greenwich
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Greenwich already has a small community of French and Walloon families. The Fortreys have made their fortune in silkweaving. They are descended from Nicholas de la Forterie, who arrived in England in 1567. The Lethieulliers are rich merchants.

Members of the musical Lanier family also live here. The most famous of them, Nicholas, died at Greenwich in 1666, but Lanier descendants will still be living in the area in Victorian times.

The elderly Marquis de Ruvigny, former courtier to King Louis the Fourteenth, is one of the most distinguished of the Huguenot exiles. In 1686 he takes up residence in the Queen's House, Greenwich. He arranges for services in French to be held at St Alphege's, the local parish church, after the English service is over.

De Ruvigny's two sons are distinguished army officers. The presence of the De Ruvigny family attracts other officers and noblemen to Greenwich.

Many ordinary Huguenots also belong to the congregation that meets in St Alphege's. The refugee community in Greenwich will continue to exist long after the Marquis is dead and his sons have gone to Ireland to fight in William the Third's army. 



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