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  • Born: Of, Lille, Flanders, Low Countries 2
  • Marriage: Margaret THIEFFRIES
  • Buried: 18 Oct 1579, St Dunstan in the East, London 3

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Nicholas is not an ancestor, but he has been included as two of his children, and one of his grandchildren, married into the Desbouveries family. He came to England from Lille in 1568 as part of the first wave of refugees from Flanders: the family is thought to have made their fortune through silkweaving.

Nicholas had eight children with his wife Margaret Thieffries, five born in the Low Countries, and three in England. Their eldest son John was a merchant - his granddaughter Ann married Edward Desbouveries, a merchant in the Levant Company. Another son Samuel was also a merchant, and in 1632 rebuilt the house in Kew, known as the Dutch House and later as Kew Palace. His and his wife Catherine Latfeur's initials are carved over the front door. Samuel's son Samuel was a 17th Century polymath - as a merchant adventurer in the drainage of the Fens, a Political Economist who contributed to the early development of the theory of comparative advantage, and a poet.

Nicholas and Margaret''s youngest son Peter was also a merchant, and married Lea Desbouveries, daughter of Laurens Desbouveries (qv); and their daughter Elizabeth married Lea's brother Samuel Desbouveries.

PCC: Nicholas De Le Fortrie PROB11/61 dated 20-10-1579


Nicholas married Margaret THIEFFRIES. (Margaret THIEFFRIES was buried on 13 Feb 1598 in St Lawrence Pountney, London 4.)



1 Church Register, Transcript of French Church Threadneedle St Vol 1 p14. London: Huguenot Society (marriage of son Peter).

2 Census, Returns of Aliens in London 1523-1625. Part 1, p452. Huguenot Society Quarto Series Volume 10 (1900)

3 Church Register, St Dunstan in the East, Guildhall Library ref Mf 7857/1.

4 Church Register, St Lawrence Pountney, Guildhall Library ref Ms 07670.

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