The Pleydell-Bouverie’s are one of the most distinguished Huguenot families. Laurens des Bouverie was the first of the family to arrive in England where he settled in Sandwich with his wife. From here he set up his first silk factor in Canterbury.

Lauren’s descendent, Jacob des Bouverie became the First Viscount Folkestone in 1747 and his son, William was created 1st Earl of Radnor in the 1700s. William married Harriet Pleydell and their son (also Jacob) became the first of a long line of Pleydell-Bouveries. Not only Earls, many of the Pleydell-Bouverie descendants also became Governors of the French Hospital.