Topic: Liardet, Francis (1798–1863)

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New Zealand Land Company agent in New Plymouth, 1841.

Francis Liardet entered the Royal Navy aged 12 in 1809, made Commander in 1838 and Post Rank in 1840. He was the NZ Land Company agent in New Plymouth, coming out in 1841 on the Whitby (a survey ship) where he landed at Wellington, before heading on to New Pymouth on The Regina. He was only here for 2 months before a serious injury saw him return to the UK. He met his future wife, the widow MrsCaroline Gregory (nee Filmer) on board ship. They had 2 children: Francis Fanny and Emily Liardet.

He became one of the Captains of Greenwich Naval Hospital in 1856, and wrote several books on seamanship.

He died aged 65. His bust stands in the Hall at Greenwich Hospital, next to that of Lord Nelson. Caroline died 3 years later in 1868, Francis the eldest son died aged 24 in 1870.



Parents: Perpetue Catherine (1768-1845) and John Robert James William Tell Liardet (1775-1815).

La Comtesse Perpetue Catherine de Paul de Lamanon D'Albe was born at Salon in Provence, France. Educated at St Cyr in Paris, she became a Lady in Waiting to Marie Antoinette. Escaping France and the revolution, she married in Hamburg with her brother, Peter Paul de Lamanon D'Albe (Prebendary of the Church of Aix) at her side. The young couple made their home in London, where 4 children were born. She died aged 77 after 30 years of widowhood. Husband John called her Felicite.

John was the youngest of 8 children of Rev / Baron John Liardet of Lausanne, Switzerland. He became a naturalised British subject in 1776. John's mother, Mary, was the daughter of General Kunchen of the Austrian Army and Granddaughter of Baron Schimider, also of Austria. Young John was educated at Westminster House College. He joined the British Army and was secretary to the British Delegation to Madrid. He died of fever, aged 40, whilst on active service in Gibralter.


William Liardet (1794 - 18?).
Francis had an elder brother, William Liardet who entered the Royal Navy aged 12 in 1806, made Lieutenant in 1814, retired a Commander. He married Adeline Pinnock of Jamaica in 1836. They had 2 sons: William and Edward A Liardet (or Edmund?), who both joined the RN. The eldest son, William, died in 1848 aged 10 at the RN School. Edward (or Edmund?) became a Lieutenant and was often in New Zealand with the RN where he visited with his Wright cousins. He became the Consul to Samoa and was killed there in 1876.  He married Miss Bell of Sydney. Adeline died in Brussels aged 37.

Louisa Felicite Maria Liardet (1799-1875)
Louisa was married to John Wright, son of John Elworthy Fortunatus Wright of Leascowe Castle, Cheshire. The marriage of John and Louisa was not a happy one, however they were reconciled shortly before John's death in 1853, aged 66. They had 6 children.

Louisa came to NZ with daughters Laura and Susannah in Feburary 1855, aboard 'The Simlah'. Her family, all but son Sydney who came 3 years later, were now in NZ. She married Dr Charles Henry Moffitt (surgeon dentist) in Lyttleton some 9 months after her daughter Susannah married the Doctor's son, John. They lived in Wairarapa before settling in Wellington. She died aged 76 and is buried at Bolton Street Cemetery in Wellington.

Carolina Frederica Liardet (1803-1882)
Carolina was the youngest of the Liardet children. She married her cousin Wilbraham Liardet, son of her father John's brother Wilbraham. They had 13 children before they left for Australia. Landing at Hobson's Bay in March 1839, they were among the founders of Melbourne. Many of the family eventually crossed to New Zealand. Carolina and Frederick are buried in Wellington. She died aged 83 in 1882, he in 1888 aged 79.

 Source: A photographic record of the Evelyn, Wright, Liardet, Moffitt families 1760s-1940s. Compiled by Judi McBride-Wilson,1994.

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Liardet, Francis (1798–1863)

Last Name:Liardet
Place of Birth:London