Monday, 11 December 2006

Bookplate Marquess of Lameth

text reviewed Dec. 13th
Insc.: Bibliothèque de Hénencourt
Arms: Ecartelé aux 1 et 4 de gueules à la bande d'argent accompagnée de 6 croisettes recroisetées du même (Lameth en Picardie), au 2 d'argent à trois maillets de sable (Bussy), au 3 d'or fretté de gueules, et au canton d'or chargé d'une étoile d'azur (Lameth en Artois).
Artist: Henri Bouvier (C1)
GMN-L1272.
The ex libris was probably used by Henri Baudouin Eugène Marie Augustin de Lameth, (c. 1840-1904) marquis de Lameth head of the family in 1867. Married 1872, Valentine Marie Mathilde de CASTALLANE (1849-1883).

The Lameth are an old noble family from Picardie and Artois descending from Antoine de Lameth (d. 1494), sire de Lameth, Saint-Martin and du Plessier, who after having served Charles, comte de Charolais and Duke of Bourgogne entered the service of Louis XI, king of France, becoming the king’s Counsellor and Lord Chamberlain, having married Jacqueline de Hennencourt, an heiress.
By their son Jacques descend the lords of Henencourt of Bournonville and of Coudeville, namely, Henri-Louis de Lameth, marquess of Lameth, seigneur de Hennencourt, who m. 1722, Josèphe-Françoise Le Fournier de Wargemont.
The latter was the grandfather of the three famous Lameth brothers – Alexandre-Théodore, comte de Lameth (1760-1829) who served in the American War of Independence and was a deputy to the States General and a declared enemy of Mirabeau; Théodore Lameth (1756-1854) who also served in the American war, sat in the Legislative Assembly as deputy from the department of Jura, and became maréchal-de-camp and Charles-Malo-François, comte de Lameth (1757-1832) also a deputy to the Etats Généraux representing e d'Artois and a Lieutenant-General.

Sources: http://g.bachelier.free.fr/lameth.htm with a genealogy of the Lameth Family
http://perso.orange.fr/jm.ouvrard/armor/fami/l/lameth.htm showing the same arms

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