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Yves d'Alègre

Yves d'Alègre (1653 - 3 March 1733). He was the fifth holder of the name Alègre and marquis of Tourzel and lord of Montaigu, of Saint-Flour-le-Châtel, of Aurouze and of Aubusson and count of Flageac.

Life[]

He fought in all Louis XIV's wars — the Franco-Dutch War, the Nine Years' War, the War of the Spanish Succession. He became the colonel of the Royal Dragoon Regiment from May 1679 to April 1693 and took part in the sieges of Limbourg, Condé, Valenciennes, Cambrai, Luxembourg and the battle of Steinkerque, where he was wounded in the arm by a musket shot. In March 1693 he was made a maréchal de camp and in January 1702 a lieutenant general.

He was captured in 1705 but freed on parole as a secret negotiator. After his negotiations failed, he was reimprisoned. In 1712 he was freed and the same year took part in the capture of Douai on 8 September, the siege of Quesnoy on 4 October and the siege of Bouchain on 11 October.

In 1706 he was made governor of Saint-Omer, rising to lieutenant general of the Languedoc in 1707 then governor of Metz in 1723. He rose to marshal of France in 1724 and became a knight of the Order of the Holy Spirit in 1728.

Marriage and issue[]

On 29 August 1679 he married Jeanne (1658-1723), daughter of Jean de Garaud, lord of Doneville. They had five children:

  • Yves-Emmanuel (?-1705) Count of Alègre and of Millau
  • Marie Thérèse (?-1706) married (1696) Louis François Marie Le Tellier, marquis of Barbezieux, son of Louvois
  • Marie Marguerite married (1705) Philippe de Recourt, count of Rupelmonde
  • Marie Emmanuelle married (1713) Jean-Baptiste Desmarets, marquis of Maillebois, marshal of France
  • Marguerite-Thérèse

After Jeanne's death he remarried to Madeleine Ancezune on 21 August 1724.

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