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  • ID: I4065
  • Name: Josias De Robillard
  • Suffix: Seigneur de Champagne
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: in Saintonge, France 1
  • Death: 28 OCT 1689 in Belfast, Ireland 2
  • Occupation: Ensign, La Melonniere's Regiment of French infantry
  • Cause: Of fatigue while hastening to rejoin his regiment
  • Note: 3 4 5

    Josias de Robillard left France at, or before, the Revocation [of the Edict of Nantes, October 22, 1685], leaving property valued at 19,000 livres (T.T. 232). He and his wife, Marie de La Rochefoucauld, appear in a List of Fugitives, 1685*, from Saintonge. They left a daughter, aged 4, who was placed in a convent. She was probably Marie Thérèse de Robillard, whose guardian, Philippe Benjamin de Mazières, sgr. du Passage, claimed the property of Josias de Robillard and his wife, "fugitifs de Xaintonge" (Arch. Presidial de Saintes. B).
    Their son Josias was naturalised in England 24 March 1689, and was called "Joseph Campagne" in the Naturalisation Roll. He died at Portarlington, where he was buried, 4 May 1737, having married Lady Jane Forbes (Granard). The de Robillard family were connected by marriage with that of Prévost de Touche-Imbert. It was still represented at Portarlington in 1793.
    * It seems they in fact fled in 1687?
    Robillard De Champagne was a noble family in Saintonge, several of whom took refuge in England and Ireland. The children of Josias de ROBILLARD, chevalier of Champagne, under the charge of their mother, escaped from La Rochelle concealed in an empty wine cask and arrived safe at Plymouth. Their father went into Holland and took service with the Prince of Orange. He afterward died at Belfast on his way to join his regiment in Ireland. Madame de CHAMPAGNE settled at Portarlington with her family. One of the CHAMPAGNE's sons, Josias, was an ensign in La Melonniere's Regiment of French infantry and fought at the Boyne. He afterward became a major of the 14th Foot. Several of his descendants served with distinction in the army, the Church and the civil service, while the daughters of the family have intermarried with various titled families in England and Ireland.
    Portrait owned by someone (in France, presumably) in 1960:
    ...s?est establie a Portarlington en Irlande. Son mari (dont j'ai un portrait) est mort en 1689, mais le fils puîné, François-Casimir, appelé de Champagne (dont j'ai une miniature'!, s'est distingué à ... ... et Josias Champagne.
    Sa famille fut illustree par le celebre Dean (Doyen) Champagne et les majors-généraux Forbes et Josias Champagne.
    (L'Intermédiaire des chercheurs et curieux. v.10 no.106-117. 1960. P 386)
    Inscriptions on the back of miniatures in the possession of Sir Erasmus Borrowes give these details:
    (1) Maria de la Rochefoucaud de Champagne, daughter of Casimir, second son of Charles duc de la Rochefoucaud ;
    (2) Messire Josias de Robillard de Champagne, Seigneur de Champagne, Bernere d'Agere, &c. Thus both husband and wife were descendants of ancient and noble families. Their son, Major Josias Champagne, fought under William of Orange at the battle of the Boyne and made his home at Portarlington. He married a daughter of the Earl of Granard, and their eldest son, the Dean of Clacmanoise, married the daughter of another French refugee, and their eldest daughter became the Countess of Uxbridge.

    Sir Erasmus Dixon Borrowes (6th Baronet) married Henrietta Champagne, great granddaughter of Josias de Robillard and Maria de la Rochefoucaud (and sister in law of the 1st E of Uxbridge). The last Sir Erasmus Borrowes died in 1898. Did the Paget book take from tehn until 1913 to be published?
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  • Change Date: 11 MAR 2011

    Father: Josias De Robillard
    Mother: Marie de Mazieres

    Marriage 1 Marie De La Rochefoucauld b: in France
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Josias Champagne b: ABT 1673

    1. Type: Book
      Periodical: Burkes General Armory
    2. Type: Web Site
      Title: Genealogy.EU
    3. Type: Book
      Periodical: THE HUGUENOTS: Their Settlements, Churches, and Industries in England and Ireland
      Author: Samuel Smiles
      Date: 1868
    4. Text: L'Intermédiaire des chercheurs et curieux. v.10 no.106-117 1960. P 386
    5. Type: Book
      Periodical: Memoir of the Hon'ble Sir Charles Paget, G.C.H.,
      Date: 1913