Annals of some of the British Norman Isles

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The full title of John Jacob's work on the history of Guernsey was:

Annals of some of the British Norman Isles constituting the Bailiwick of Guernsey as collected from Private Manuscripts, Public Documents and Former Historians

It was dedicated, to Sir James Saumarez, and published in two parts. The first part was published in 1830. The second part was not completed, but was published posthumously by his sister in 1872.

Volume I

  • ALDERNEY
    • Introduction
    • Chapter I - Casket Rocks and Lighthouses
    • Chapter II - Alderney, approach to -- Braye harbour -- Ancient harbour -- Town of St Anne -- Ancient Castle and Nunnery
    • Chapter III - Alderney -- General description -- Church and Churchyard -- Minister's and Government house -- School -- Methodist chapel -- Court-house, etc
    • Chapter IV - Alderney -- Civil Jurisdiction -- Governor's Lease -- Military Government -- Governor's Lease surrendered to the Crown -- The Isle place under the orders of the Governor or Lieut Governor of Guernsey -- Deputy appointed
    • Chapter V - Agriculture -- Cows -- Cattle -- Horticulture
    • Chapter VI - Advowson and Tithes -- Poor -- Fishery and Trade
    • Chapter VII - Account of the arrival and departure of the first Protestant Bishop
    • Chapter VIII - Manners of the Inhabitants of Alderney
    • Chapter IX - Conclusion - Remarks on subjects not before noted -- Antiquities -- Natural History, etc.
  • SARK
    • Introduction -- First Settlement of Sark
    • Chapter I - General Description and Mineralogy -- Coupée or Natural Bridge -- Anecdote
    • Chapter II - Civil Government -- Present State -- New Pier -- Inhabitants
    • Chapter III - Agriculture -- Cattle -- Cows, etc
    • Chapter IV - Concluding Observations and Walk round Sark
    • Chapter V - Isles of Herm and Jethou described
  • GUERNSEY
    • Introduction - Approach to, with a Table of Bearings and Distances
    • Chapter I - General Description -- Pier -- Castle Cornet -- Anecdote of Lord Hatton and Family -- New Guard House -- Hotels, etc
    • Chapter II - Perambulation round the Town of St Peter Port -- Old Town -- New Town -- Hauteville -- Fort George -- Colborne road -- Public Walks and Glatney
    • Chapter III - Description of all the Public Buildings -- Town Church -- Trinity Chapel -- Bethel Chapel -- St James' Church -- Royal Courthouse and Government house.
    • Chapter IV - Town Hospital -- New Prison -- Assembly Rooms -- Theatre and Markets
    • Chapter V - Agriculture -- Climate -- Harvests -- Cattle -- Cows -- Export of Cattle from Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney compared -- Butter, modes of churning -- Restrictive Laws on Cattle -- Horses -- Sheep -- Pigs -- Hops -- Flax -- Implements of Husbandry -- Cultivation of Parsnips as food for Cattle, etc -- Manures -- Vraic or Sea Weed -- Tithes -- Camparts and Deserts
    • Chapter VI - Horticulture and Floriculture -- Dr Maccullough on the fruits and naturalization of Plants -- Quayle's observations -- The American Aloe -- Brydone's Remarks -- General Remarks, by Berry
    • Chapter VII - Orchards -- Timber -- Furze -- Peat -- Roads -- Grass -- Labour
    • Chapter VIII - Civil Government
    • Chapter IX - Ecclesiastical Government
    • Chapter X - Military Government
    • Chapter XI - Laws, Customs and Privileges -- Constitution of King John -- Approbation of the Laws -- Civil Causes and Decisions -- Appeals and Doleauee -- Criminals: mode of Trial -- Of Conveyancing -- Registering Contracts at the Greffe -- Terms of the Court -- The Royal Commissioners' Report on Commis, Cession, Renunciation, Saisie and Guarantee
    • Chapter XII - Arrest -- Bail and Costs -- Remarks on the foregoing Laws, by the Royal Court and Lords of the Council, etc
    • Chapter XIII - Laws of Descent -- Retreat of Inheritance -- Selling Estates by Décret of Court -- Giving to Rent -- Observations -- Clameur de Ha-Ro -- Anecdote of William the Conqueror -- Recusation, or refusal of Judges interested -- La Chevaucherie or Chevauchée -- Inferior Courts of the Lords of the respective Fiefs -- Concluding Remarks on Registering Acts and Orders in Council
    • Chapter XIV - Public Schools -- Committee's Report on College School, May 7, 1824 -- List of Endowed and Sunday Schools of the Island -- Master etc to Oct 1824, when the College School was placed on the new foundation
    • Chapter XV - Currency of Guernsey
    • Chapter XVI - Trade and Commerce
    • Chapter XVII - Manufactures
    • Chapter XVIII - Dissenters of the Island
    • Chapter XIX - Antiquities of the Island

Volume II

Comprises extensive biographical and histories of some of the islands' leading families:


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