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Loriot Family in London & Caen, Normandy from the 1700's

The French Connection - Caen, Normandy, France & London, UK


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Like most genealogy projects there is always lots more to find out about a family and I would be delighted to to hear from anybody who has additional information about the Loriot family in France, UK, Australia, and USA .

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Discovering the Family

In 1802 Jerome Loriot wrote his last will and testament in London and in January 1805 it  was proved. His will names his immediate Loriot family and is a wonderful framework for connecting most of the Loriot records from around that time.

Jerome seems to have been a childless "Gentleman" with financial interests in a number of properties in  London. He lived  at No. 5 Great Maddox Street, Hanover Square, London and a notice in the London Times dated 20th April 1805 advertises the executors' sale of his leasehold  property at No. 10 Conduit Street, Hanover Square. A mention in a nephew's will shows that Jerome had also owned a property at No. 24 Upper Seymour Street, Portman Square, St Marylebone.

In his will he bequeathed a fifth share of his assets to each of his 3 brothers living in London and the children of a deceased sister and brother in Caen, Normandy, France. This was the lucky break which established the link with a place in France - before that we had no idea where our French ancestors had come from.

His will names his siblings, brothers August(e) - a stationer in New Bond Street, Baptist(e) - a perfumer of Hart Street, Bloomsbury, Edward - of Arlington Street, Piccadilly, sister Constance  and brother Guilain, both deceased of Caen. His brother, August, and John Vaux, gentleman, of Bennett Street near Great George Street, Westminster are named as executors of the will.

Further research in Caen, Normandy, France has revealed that another 6 siblings were baptised there between 1752 and 1769. Their parents were Jean-Jacques Thomas LORIOT and Marie-Therese LE BACHELET who were married in St Pierre, Caen in 1750. Evidently only 5 of the siblings went on to have surviving children of their own and that is why they are the beneficiaries of the will.

Jean-Jacques was a surgeon, wigmaker, dentist and barber - an extraordinary combination in our modern eyes but at that time all occupations requiring the need for extreme skill in wielding and caring for sharp instruments. 

The research has traced the family back through Pierre Loriot, born c1701 in Caen , another surgeon, to his father Jerome, also recorded as Hierosme, born 1666 in Tournebu south of Caen and his father, Jean. There are many Loriot records in nearby Falaise  and it seems likely that the family may have originated there.

There are various newspaper reports and directory entries about the family in London. On the 19th October 1795 the London Times reports the following:- "Thursday night the shop of Mr. Loriot, in Bond Street, was broke open, and robbed of several articles of plate, together with Bank notes and cash to the amount of 350 Pounds."

Holden's  London & Country Directory 1811 Vol 1 Page 290 lists Auguste Loriot  as "stationer, perfumer, & toyman, 65, New Bond-st." The same directory lists Mr. Edward Loriot as living at 44 South-st, Grosvenor-squ. and Mr. John Loriot at 87 East-st, Manchester-squ.

Auguste also appears in Wakefield's, Bailey's, UBD and Holden's directories between 1785 and 1817 and is recorded as being a Warrant Holder to the Prince & Princess of Wales between 1802 and 1811.

His brother John Baptiste Toussaint is recorded as being a hairdresser in Upper King's Street, Bloomsbury in February 1800 and a hairdresser and perfumer at 6 Orange Street, Bloomsbury in Holden's 1805 directory. (Orange Street and Hart Street, mentioned in the will, led into one another)

Gathering together the various parish records, civil registrations, wills and census information I have reconstructed Jerome's family, however additional information is coming to light all the time. Exact dates and sources of information can be seen on the family tree at the link

There were some other unrelated Loriot's in London at the same time and they are mentioned at the bottom of this table.

Children of Jean-Jacques Thomas LORIOT & Marie-Therese LE BACHELET who were born in Caen, France and baptised at either St. Pierre or Notre Dame du Rue Froide. 


Jean Jacques Nicolas = Barbe Le Paulmier in 1784

Jeanne Marie Jerome (died aged 17 yrs)

 & John Jacques Thomas (died aged 4 yrs)

(Barbe may have had 3 children from an earlier marriage)


Christophe  Victor 

Nothing further known




Jerome Pierre  

No children




Auguste Francois Thomas = Mary Eaton in 1782

August Benjamin Jerome  = Matilda Fairbairn in 1820

No children




Charles James = ?         c 1824

Mary Paulina  = Henry Neate in 1846                  (emigrated to Wisconson, UK)

Charles, Mary, Henry, Agnes, William, Catherine & Thomas

Henry = Marie Elizabeth Dalton in c1851

Walter & James



Sophia Clarissa Eliza = Joseph Davies in 1812

Charles = Isabella Holbrook in 1839                   (migrated to Adelaide, Sth Australia  in 1840)

George (Never married - migrated to Sth Aust in 1841)


Sophia, Charles, George, August, Frederick



 Mary Georgiana = John Willoughby Watt in 1820

 Augusta Sophia Willoughby = William Shaw  c1844        (emigrated to Willunga, Sth.Australia,1851)  

  Unnamed girl died at birth      

  Emily Mary (died aged 15 months)

Augusta & Willoughby               



Constance Marie-Therese = Guillaume Le Paulmier in 1777

Felix Marie-Rose in Caen, France  

Thomas Francois (died aged 7 yrs)

Frederic Jean-Marie in Caen, France




Jean Baptiste Toussaint  =  Susannah ? c1793 *See note below     

John Baptiste (died aged 19 months)

Susannah Adelaide = Frederick Schewder (or Schweder)  in 1819


No children known



     = Margaret Harrison 1806

Harriett  = Edwin NOTT in 1832                                (emigrated to Melbourne, Aus in 1849)

9 children  




John Baptist Toussaint  = Mary Riordan 1833

6 children




                = Celia Hull 1845                         (emigrated to Melbourne, Aus. in 1849)

7 children





George Toussaint  (He may be on the 1871 UK census - born c1798, retired Pastrycook)





Matilda = James Robert Sampson Brodie in 1842 




Jeanne Anne Michelle  

Died 1762



c1760 or 1765

Edward = Mary DeBond in 1790    (Edward must have been "Michel"  b1765)

Mary Louisa = Edward Mortimer c 1823

Mary Constance Loriot/Mortimer = John Phillips Player

3 children



Constance Catherine (Kitty) = Joseph Timotheo c1811 

Seraphina = Joseph Moore c 1835

8 children


Aimée Jacqueline  

Died 1762




Guillain Charles Louis = Dorothée Anne Marais in 1783

Adelaïde in Caen, France 




Michel (he must be "Edward" in UK) 





Felicité Anne 

Died 1771




Philippe Francois

Died 1770 



*NOTE: I have no proof that the John Baptiste who married Susannah c1793 (and had children John Baptiste & Susannah Adelaide) IS John Baptiste Toussaint however the chances of there being 2 in London around the same time is remote. He was definitely in London by Feb 1800 and was already 42 years of age so a prior marriage to Margaret Harrison is highly likely. 

Other Loriots in London around that time:-

John Loriot died London 1764

(John was a Hatter)

Elizabeth = David Gaberel in 1766 (according to John's will Elizabeth seems to have been the only child)  
    c1798 George - Pastrycook. (1871 census)  
Louise Julie Marie = Claude Joseph Arnaud Dulac in 1833 Came from Brittany
William Loriot buried St . John at Hampstead 16th June 1779

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Loriot Trivia

The word "loriot" is the French word for the oriole, a migratory songbird - see painting at Top of Page

In 1745, a French artist named Antoine-Joseph Loriot wanted a new type of art medium since the ones he used smeared too easily. Loriot set to work to invent something better. For years, he experimented with waxes and colored powders. He discovered that beeswax worked very well, so he formed little "colored sticks of hardened wax." The problem was, beeswax was hard to come by, and it was very expensive. Nonetheless, Loriot liked the little coloring sticks and made them for his artist friends to try. Unfortunately, the little coloring sticks did not catch on. He tried other kinds of waxes, but they melted too easily. Loriot knew his idea was a good one, even though the sticks weren't successful during his lifetime.(Ref Crayola Crayon History, Mary Bellis, 2002)

Antoine-Joseph Loriot, was a noted French inventor (Anderson 1994). He was said to have found the best way of fixing pastels with equal quantities of alcohol and fish glue sprinkled over the surface with a brush. Loriot made his discovery in 1753 but forbade its disclosure. Ten years later a pastel was shown at the Salon that had been half fixed and half not, in order to show that no color changes had occurred. Finally, in 1780, Loriot went public and demonstrated his technique to the Academie de Peinture.(Ref JAIC Online)

Loriot was an American sailing ship involved in exploration of the Northwest Coast of North America. This brig took a member of a United States presidential expedition to survey land and the inhabitants of the area in the 1830s.(Ref Wikipedia)

Bernhard Victor Christoph Carl von Bülow (short: Vicco von Bülow, born November 12, 1923 in Brandenburg an der Havel), more commonly known under the pseudonym Loriot, is a German humorist, graphic artist and director, actor and writer. He is most famous for his cartoons, the sketches from his 1976 television series Loriot, alongside Evelyn Hamann, and his two movies, Ödipussi (1988) and Pappa ante portas (1991). His name "Loriot" is derived from the French word for the Oriole, his family's heraldic animal. (Ref Wikipedia)

Origins of the Surnames of our French ancestors

Loriot Comes from the bird of the same name
Le Bachelé/ Le Bachelet Contraction of the word "bachelier" which meant a young man who was aspiring to become a chevalier, hence bachelor, in English
Le Senecal Variation of the name Senechal which has a similar meaning to the English "steward" (hence Stewart). A court official who served meals, later a royal official and finally a representative of a lord to his community.
Houssaye Comes from a place-name where the holly bush (houx) grew
Massard Origins not clear - may have been a nickname for the first name Thomassard. Alternatively may have come from the word for a person who came from a Farm or landholding, massardiere. ("Mas" is the French word for a property, farm, domain etc.)
Guerard Name for a person of Germanique origins, (ger = lance + hard = dur). More common variations in NW France are Girard, Gerard 
Ballet Name for a person of Germinique origins and probably a nickname for Bauduoin (Baldwin), also known as Balo. There is a record of a romanic Belgium name "Balduinus dictus Ballo". i.e "called, known as". Nothing to do with the dance.


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