Hellier de Carteret

Hellier de Carteret (fl. 1563 – 1578) was the first Seigneur of Sark, reigning from 1563 to 1578. He was the son of Édouard de Carteret, Seigneur of Saint Ouen (d. 1533), and grandson of Philip de Carteret, 8th Seigneur of St Ouen.[1]

Hellier de Carteret
Seigneur of Sark
PredecessorPosition Established
SuccessorPhilippe de Carteret I
SpouseMargaret de Carteret
IssuePhilippe de Carteret I
FatherÉdouard de Carteret
Memorial in St Peter's Church, Sark

It was Hellier's idea and initiative to re-cultivate the deserted island in 1563, and he was rewarded by being granted, by a Letters Patent, the fief in 1565 by Elizabeth I. He was also Seigneur of Saint Ouen in Jersey.[2]

He married his cousin, Margaret de Carteret. She was the widow of Clement Dumaresq and daughter of the bailiff Helier de Carteret, the uncle and namesake to the Seigneur of Sark. Hellier and Margaret's son was Philippe de Carteret I.[3]


  1. ^ "Helier de Carteret Seig St O .Sark". www.decarteret.org.uk. Archived from the original on 11 March 2001. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Jersey Post celebrates the island of Sark". SEPAC. 16 July 2015. On 6 August 1565, Helier De Carteret, the Seigneur of the parish of St Ouen in Jersey, was granted the Isle of Sark by Queen Elizabeth I. Sark was thereby made an inheritable fief, which Helier held from the Crown of England on certain conditions: he had to maintain at least forty men to defend the Island from pirates, do homage to the sovereign and pay an annual 1/20th part of a knight's fee.
  3. ^ "Helier De Carteret". Theislandwiki.org. Retrieved 19 February 2019.

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Preceded by
establishment of fief
Seigneur of Sark
Succeeded by