Richard Hervé Giraud was director of the French Hospital and the first Worshipful Master of the Huguenot Lodge. This masonic lodge (No. 2140) was intended to attract members of Huguenot families.
Richard descended from Thomas Hervé the pastor who was immortalised by Hogarth in Noon. Richard was also one of the three French Hospital directors responsible for the purchase of the Victoria Park site where the Hospital was based for a number of years.
An earlier ancestor, Elisee Giraud was among the ‘six protestant martyrs’. These were pastors who left France on the Revocation but returned several years later to minister to the Huguenots who remained in France. They were imprisoned at Fort Real on the Isle of St Marguerite, which became a prison for Protestant pastors from 1689.