GOSSET, Matthew (1739-1799). Gold mourning ring with a glazed compartment to the head containing a hair memento on a textile backing, in 15 carat gold, engraved inside 'Matthew Gosset Ob. 17 July 1799 Aet. 60'. Internal diameter 21mm.
Matthew Gosset of Bagot Manor, Jersey, was the son of Abraham Gosset (1701-1785) and his wife Jane White. The Gossets were a French Huguenot family who had fled to Jersey after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Matthew Gosset's uncle Matthew Gosset (1683-1744) was a sculptor and wax modeller based in Soho, London, where his nephew Isaac Gosset (1713-1799) joined him as an apprentice, and went on to be an even better know modeller in wax. Matthew Gosset to whom this ring relates, inherited and lived in the Gosset family home of Bagot Manor in Jersey. His son Matthew by his first wife Elizabeth Hilgrove served as Viscount of Jersey between 1785-1842. His son William by his second marriage to Marguerite Durell, was a Major General in the Royal Engineers, became MP for Truro in 1820, was knighted in 1830, was appointed Undersecretary of State for Ireland, and in 1835 took up the post of Serjeant-at-Arms to the Speaker of the House of Commons.