Location
Two adjacent memorials on the west wall of the Holy Martyrs Chapel and the south wall of the corridor to the Navy Aisle (See Cathedral Plan).
 

Memorial 1
The Arnaud Family
 
Memorial 2
The Arnaud Family
 
Inscription 1
THIS TABLET
IS ERECTED TO THE BELOVED MEMORY
OF
ELIAS ARNAUD ESQ.
FORMERLY COLLECTOR
OF H.M. CUSTOMS AT THIS PORT
HE SUBSEQUENTLY FILLED
THE SAME OFFICE AT LIVERPOOL
FOR 32 YEARS
AT WHICH PLACE HE DIED, DEEPLY REGRETTED
BY HIS SORROWING FAMILY
ON THE 29TH SEPTEMBER 1860
AND WAS THERE INTERRED
AGED 74 YEARS

 
Inscription 2
Near this place lie the remains of
MRS. ANN ARNAUD
who died 22 April 1803, aged 67 years
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Also of HENRIETTA ARNAUD
who died 8 July 1792, aged 8 years
also of EMILY ARNAUD
who died 27 nov 1798, aged 18 months
Also of GEORGE ARNAUD
who died 19 Aug 1799, aged 5 years
Also of FRANCES ARNAUD
who died 2 May 1800, aged 17 years
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Also of ELIAS BRUCE ARNAUD Esq.
who died 29 Jan 1837, aged 76 years
And of FRANCES his Wife
who died 9 March 1841, aged 82 years


 
Further Information
Elias Arnaud was born at Titchfield on October 10th 1785 and died on September 29th 1860. He married Frances Blagden on June 4th 1811. She was born on May 7th 1791.
 
Mrs. Ann Arnaud (nee Brady, b. October 11th 1736, d. April 22nd 1803, m. 1759) was the wife of Elias Arnaud (b. February 1st 1737/8, d. November 24th 1829). They were the parents of Elias Bruce Arnaud (b. November 3rd 1760, d. January 20th 1837) who married Frances Fennell on April 25th 1782. These were the parents of the above named Elias and also Henrietta (b. March 1st 1784, d. July 8th 1792), Emily (b. May 25th 1797, d. November 27th 1798) and George (b. March 4th 1794, d. August 19th 1799).
 
The Arnaud family are thought to have been Huguenot immigrants from Saintonge, France who settled in Gosport where they traded as grocers and distillers between 1751 and 1800. By the earliest years of the 19C the Hampshire Telegraph regularly featured the name of Elias Arnaud in connection with the roles of Collector of Customs and Colonel of Portsmouth Voluntary Artillery. Both Elias and Elias Bruce also appeared as members of the Grand Jury in Winchester. Plainly they were men of substance who could ahnd down the role of Collector to the third Elias. With such a background it is interesting that Elias Arnaud (3rd) should become involved in the collection of HM customs in Liverpool, at a time when smuggling and corruption of the customs officers was rife. Evidence for his involvement in this is noted in that Elias's daughter Emily Ann married the son of Sir John Tobin, a well known trader who was very probably a smuggler and slave trader.
 
At this time customs officials were paid less than 20 per annum and yet in 1836 Arnaud could afford to lease a site at 13 Abercromby Square, Liverpool and there built a home that he lived in until his death in 1860 with some style, as in 1851 he and his wife Margaret had six servants.
 
Sources
Britsh Miniatures
Family Tree Maker

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