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The Mallandains were one of thousands of Huguenot families that fled France and sought refuge in England and although the three family groups have not yet been linked, there is evidence in some baptismal records that the families knew each other. They also lived in a small, tight knit immigrant community and it is likely they knew each other through their association with the French Church. Hopefully, one day a family relationship can be established between all three families.

The site contains over 200 pages relating to these three family groups. View the site map to see a list of all the pages in each branch — there is one site map for all three branches and separate ones, linked below, for the Pierre and David branches. Each site map contains links to all of the family pages in each branch.

>> jean mallandain and marthe baudoin

Jean Malandain was born in Normandy, France in 1648 to Pierre Malandain, son of Jean, and Anne Fichet. His exact place of birth is not known but his parents married in Lintot and his mother was from nearby Bolbec while Jean married Marthe Baudoin in Criquetot L'Esneval near Goderville. Jean, his wife and two children were arrested while trying to escape France on foot and after spending time in prison, they were deported to England in 1688. Since Huguenots were forced to practice their religion in secret, many records were either destroyed or lost over the centuries. Fortunately, many records relating to Jean have survived, more than on any other Mallandain branch, however, tracing his descendants has been more problematic. Jean and his wife, Marthe Baudoin, had three sons but few records relating to their descendants have been found beyond the mid 18th century. One line has been traced through their grand-daughter Susanna Le Doux but the male lines appear to have died out following their emigration to England.


>> pierre mallandain and ann despommare

Pierre was the patriarch of the second branch of the family but few records relating to him have been found. His birth record has not been confirmed so his parents and siblings remain a mystery but he was likely born in Normandy in the 1630s. He married Anne Despommare and had five children born in Fecamp between 1659 and 1670. Pierre is believed to have died before 1685 but Anne and her adult children did not leave for England until the late 1690s. Anne died in Spitalfields in 1710 and it does not appear that her daughters had any children and so the family line continues through their son Pierre, grandson Jaques and great-grandson Jaques. Their descendents remained in east London and by the mid 18th century, the family had anglicized their names and integrated into English life.


>> david mallandain and elizabeth nicholas

David heads the largest of the three branches of the Mallandain family and although his birth record has not been found, other available records put his place of birth in the Picardy region in France and further north than Normandy where the other branches of the family originate. David first appears in the English records in 1715 when he was admitted to the Weaver’s company and he married five years later. There are no records of any other family members with him in London and it is not known if he travelled to England on his own or with friends or family. When his daughter petitioned for admission to the French Hospital in 1792, she declared that her father was a refugee for the cause of religion which was a description used for those Huguenots who were arrested by Catholic authorities but refused to forsake their Protestant faith. David’s surname was originally spelled Mallandin but over time, the spelling amongst his descendants varied from Malandain to Mallindine and Mallendine.

London c.1650